BRINGING THE DEEP SEA TO A
VIRTUAL AQUARIUM The W2O is pleased to announce an exciting new collaboration in support of the WORLD OCEAN EXPLORER virtual aquarium. Funded by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, we have begun development of a virtual Deep Sea exhibit to showcase encounters and discoveries during Schmidt's many deep sea expeditions, most specifically their Australia Campaign in 2020. These expeditions of deep sea environments, seamounts, sub-marine canyons and coral ecosystems brought to light a cache of new species and information that will be made available in EXPLORER's Deep Sea exhibit.
The EXPLORER Deep Sea exhibit will be an online interactive platform highlighting the biological and geological finds of the cruises by the Schmidt Ocean Institute RV Falkor and their ROV SuBastian. The online exhibit will allow users to learn about and interact with deep sea organisms not otherwise available in a traditional aquarium setting. Features will include interactive displays, searchable species tanks, maps, videos, images, audio files, 3d models, and details related to anatomy, habitat, range, threats, ecosystem facts, and more educational information as available.
Our vision for this and future virtual portals is to include links to resources, the full Ocean Literacy curriculum, teaching modules and lesson plans. WORLD OCEAN EXPLORER has the capacity to increase ocean literacy worldwide, and we believe that educated and informed citizens can change human behaviors on land and sea. Our strategy is simple: consolidate and expand existing data and innovations to reach a broader global audience. EXPLORER will help us to do just that, and the Schmidt Ocean Institute Deep Sea exhibit will excite visitors with their vast media catalog and the infinite possibilities associated with ocean exploration. We are thrilled to collaborate with the Schmidt Ocean Institute to bring this exhibit at no cost to users everywhere by year-end 2021. Stay tuned!
REFLECTIONS ON THE WORLD OCEAN Signed copies of Peter Neill's newest book Aqua/Terra: Reflections on the World Ocean are now available. Aqua Terra offers a series of brief essays and insights with personal feelings and observations about the world ocean. To order your signed early release copy ($20 includes shipping within the US) send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Aqua Terra is the fourth in a series of World Ocean Publications—provocative non-fiction titles about the ocean, published in association with Leete's Island Books. Get your early release signed copy today!
30x30: AMERICA'S NEW PRESIDENT HAS A BOLD NEW GOAL TO TRIPLE PROTECTED LANDS AND WATERS BY 2030
In late January, President Joseph Biden took a big step toward the already ambitious goals outlined in the 30 x 30 campaign: committing the United States to conserve nearly one third of US land and ocean waters by 2030. The 30 x 30 target is based on scientific recommendations for addressing the rapid loss of biodiversity and utilizing natural ecosystems to fight climate change, working toward putting ecosystems—land, ocean and freshwater—on the best paths toward sustainability. In order for this goal to be achieved we will need a renewed commitment to science, and a more engaged and educated public with a deeper understanding of the importance of healthy and vibrant natural systems for human survival. Want to get involved? Endorse 30 x 30 efforts by adopting a local board resolution, writing an opinion piece for your local media, or posting a video or a message to social media.
Be sure to use the hashtags #30x30#ThirtyByThirty#NatureForAll#NatureInCrisis
HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
What will it take to transform our understanding of the ocean’s myriad contributions and its complex relationship to human health and survival? In mid-February on the World Ocean Forum platform Peter Neill outlined the importance of ocean literacy and ocean education to transform our understanding of the ocean's contributions to human health and survival. The seven principles of Ocean Literacy are outlined here, and some perspectives shared that can be used to expand those principles into a set of curricular approaches that pertain to science, climate impacts, and solutions for our future.
WORLD OCEAN RADIO A weekly audio feature for web listeners, podcast enthusiasts, and for worldwide distribution through community radio stations and partners. World Ocean Radio provides weekly 5-minute commentary offering a unique perspective on important and relevant ocean issues, from science and technology to advocacy and exemplary projects. Available for RSS feed, podcast, and syndicated use at no cost worldwide. We are in the midst of a series outlining a sustainable way forward with the ocean leading the way. BLUEprint: How the Ocean Will Save Civilization has twenty-five episodes available thus far with more to come.
DISPATCHES FROM THE W2O We are pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Island Institute. Dispatches from the World Ocean Observatory is a new regular column in the Working Waterfront—monthly news from the Island Institute located on the coast of Maine. Each contribution features essays and thoughts on ocean matters. We hope you'll join the community of the Island Institute: sign up for their Working Waterfront newsletter wherein you'll find short essays by W2O Director Peter Neill and so much more from other Maine-based contributors.