THE OCEAN HAS NEVER BEEN MORE CRITICAL
AS A GLOBAL ISSUE THAN IT IS TODAY
We are living in a time when news about climate and ocean health is dire. The October United Nations IPCC report on oceans and the cryosphere should serve as a shocking wake-up call for policymakers, industry leaders and concerned citizens alike. It is the responsibility and commitment of the World Ocean Observatory to act as global communicators to disseminate, articulate and share ocean information with an inquisitive public as a means to sustain and promote civil discourse about ocean systems for the future.
WE ARE ADVANCING PUBLIC AWARENESS & POLITICAL WILL
The World Ocean Observatory serves as a central place for ocean information and educational resources to promote ocean health and to conserve marine resources for the future of all. We have never been more active and successful than we are today in advocating for the ocean worldwide through our catalogue of communications tools and educational resources. We work relentlessly to inform and educate about ocean issues that affect us all, to remind citizens that the ocean is not a place apart, to be ignored at our peril, and to argue that the ocean demands an information service that meets the needs of scientists, NGOs, policy makers, educators and their students, and of the public at large.
We are expanding our global community through our programs, aggregated connections and engagements with audiences through all of our communications tools. Here at the close of 2019 we can legitimately assert that we have become one of the largest programs for ocean information and educational tools and services worldwide.
W2O ASKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT ONCE PER YEAR.
This year, we have introduced our next strategic iteration: what we are calling W2.0. These enterprise solutions utilize our content, communications base and creative ideas to present specific working solutions for specific problems, in each case striving for practical but transformational systems for changed behavior. Specific areas include:
- carbon offsets for online shoppers;
- traceability software for catch-to-table seafood distribution worldwide;
- ocean literacy education through World Ocean Explorer: our virtual aquarium and gaming platform;
- steps to improve public understanding of the Arctic through research and communication;
- continued publication of non-fiction titles in association with Leete’s Island Books;
- direct engagement with our regional community through our central role in the upcoming New England Ocean Cluster in Portland, Maine with international partnership with similar Ocean Clusters in Iceland, Norway, Alaska, and Singapore.
- partnering with the International Maritime Film Festival to bring engaging and provocative films to Bucksport, Maine and beyond as a traveling film event for maritime museums.
Each of these initiatives has moved forward in 2019 and each has serious implications for our reputation, engagement, and financial development in 2020 and beyond. We are continuing to make waves in this ocean world, and there is so much more to do. This work must continue to innovate, educate, connect, provoke, challenge convention, and invent specific actions and solutions with the substance and urgency requisite to the challenge.
THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING A GIFT.