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MONTHLY NEWS FROM THE W2O
W2O WELCOMES A
NEW ADVISOR
Ocean Health Index
The W2O is pleased to welcome Mary Ann Dickinson to our Board of Advisors. Ms. Dickinson is the past President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, which she helped found in 2007. She retired as CEO in March of 2021 and will continue as needed to serve as a Technical Advisor to the Alliance staff. Prior to joining the Alliance she was Executive Director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council.

Over the past 50 years Mary Ann has worked at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in environmental planning, she has authored numerous publications on water conservation, land use planning, and natural resources management; has presented numerous papers on water conservation internationally and all across the United States and Canada; and has co-produced two films.

She currently serves as co-chair of the Water and Planning Network for the American Planning Association; is past Chair of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group for the International Water Association; past Chair of the American Water Works Association National Water Conservation Division; past President of the California Irrigation Institute; past President of the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District; and past Treasurer of the Texas Water Foundation. In service to the W2O she will advise us on freshwater issues and resources as the ocean-freshwater continuum is central to our work and focus.

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WORLD OCEAN RADIO
left) The Transition Movement, June 29
right) Third Nature, June 21
World Ocean Radio is a weekly audio feature for web and podcast listeners, and for worldwide distribution through college and community radio stations and partners. Presented by longtime host Peter Neill, World Ocean Radio offers a unique perspective on important and relevant ocean issues. We are approaching our 600th episode of World Ocean Radio in just a couple of weeks. If you're not yet listening, WOR is available for RSS feed and syndicated use at no cost. Find us wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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WORLD OCEAN EXPLORER:
A VIRTUAL AQUARIUM PROJECT
The World Ocean Explorer deep sea exhibit project, in collaboration with the Schmidt Ocean Institute, is moving along swimmingly. To be released in October of this year, we are busy populating their virtual aquarium exhibit and are eager to showcase encounters and discoveries during Schmidt's many deep sea expeditions, most specifically their Australia Campaign in 2020. We are working hand-in-hand with Schmidt's team to achieve what we believe will be a remarkable new tool for formal and informal education about the ocean and its unique biodiversity and value.

At this time we are also pleased to announce that we have received funding to build out the lobby of the virtual aquarium! Thanks to the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, we have resources in hand to construct the entrance hall—one of the aquarium's key features that will welcome visitors to the upcoming Deep Sea exhibit and future portals. The lobby will have its own displays to introduce users to the full catalogue of resource modules contained within—in effect to build the place where we welcome and introduce our educational concepts and organizational themes to what we expect to be an audience of millions globally. Our ambition is to make the ocean accessible through inclusive interaction as wide, deep, and dynamic as the ocean itself.

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A CONVERSATION WITH THE
AMERICAN SHORELINE
PODCAST
In this July 4th episode from the American Shoreline Podcast Network, in celebration of Independence Day around the American Shoreline, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome W2O director Peter Neill to their show for a conversation about all things ocean.

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NEWS FROM KUJATAA:
SOUTH GREENLAND'S UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

A 21st Century App Designed to Interpret
an Ancient Sub-Arctic Farming Landscape
in Southern Greenland


Guests to Kujataa, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Southern Greenland can now download an app to access information, photos and maps for better historical understanding of Southern Greenland's newest UNESCO World Heritage site. The W2O has worked closely with the Arctic Futures Institute, Bjorn Grigholm of Visual Solutions Lab, Kujataa World Heritage, and the National Museum of Greenland to populate the app with maps, historical data and scientific information, photographs and visitor resources.

The Kujataa app will be a useful interpretation of a stunning, extraordinary landscape that is perfectly preserved as a ruin that imbues spirituality and a reverence for Nature. These are remote places, accessible only by boat, with no cell or wireless service, and places where expensive signage does not endure in the harsh weather conditions. The Kujataa app will help to transcend these limitations and provide visitors with specific information in English, Greenlandic, and Danish. The app is free and available now in the App Store.

This digital resource provides detailed information about the key elements of the five component areas of Kujataa, as well as basic information about agriculture in South Greenland. The result is a small library you can have on your cell phone in your pocket when moving around in the heritage area.

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