SYDNEY (June 2, 2020) –EarthX and the National Geographic Society will convene virtually to celebrate World Oceans Week from June 9-12 at EarthX.org. The June 12 program will be live-streamed from EarthxAustralia and focus on ocean programs across Oceania. EarthxOcean will bring together cross-disciplinary innovators driving solutions to the most pressing threats facing our oceans. These solutions will be explored through conversations, film screenings and extended reality experiences – highlighting the power of science and storytelling to unlock the impact potential of communities across cultures, generations and ideologies.
Titled for its mission, Protecting the Life Systems of the Ocean will be introduced by Trammell S. Crow, Founder of EarthX, Michael L. Ulica, president and COO of the National Geographic Society, followed by a welcome note from Robert and Sybille Szaggars Redford who will be introducing their environmental film series The Way of the Rain – Reflections on Earth. The conferences will bring together leading voices in ocean conservation including renowned National Geographic Explorers-at-Large Enric Sala and Dr. Sylvia Earle, who will start the conversation with storied conservationists Julie Packard and Fabien Cousteau – kicking off a three-day program that will cover some the most critical issues threatening the greatest life source of our planet, culminating with the EarthxAustralia program. The program will address regional issues with global impact and will be moderated by Elizabeth Faenza, CEO and Co-Founder of the LEAF CANN Group.
Australia’s ‘Ridge to Reef’ High Seas Protection | As the region of the global ocean that is beyond national jurisdiction, the high seas include some of the least protected and most critically threatened ecosystems in the world. EarthX offers a platform to Greepeace Australia and the Australia Conservation Foundation, who work to inform and engage the public, decision-makers and experts to support and strengthen high seas governance and conservation.
The lawlessness of the high seas will furthermore be explored through musical storytelling with the EarthXR presentation of The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. Based on The New York Times best-selling book by Ian Urbina, The Outlaw Ocean, the session will feature visuals from this lawless realm alongside music produced for the project featuring rhythmic sounds as a medium to raise awareness and stoke a sense of urgency about the human rights, labor and environmental abuses that occur at sea. EarthxFilm will showcase Watson, thestory ofCaptain Paul Watson,co-founder of Greenpeace and founder of Sea Shepherd, who has spent 40 years fighting to end the destruction of the ocean’s wildlife and its habitat.
Great Barrier Reef Exploration & Restoration | Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine species on the planet, but make up only 0.1% of our ocean. This essential source of life in our ocean’s ecosystem is being destroyed at an unprecedented rate from rising water temperatures, acidification, destructive fishing practices, and pollution. EarthX is assembling Australia’s leading ocean conservationists to address the threats facing the world’s largest coral reef system and introduce solutions at an industry and individual level, mapping out a path forward for collective and long-lasting protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Professor Peter Mumby, Chief Scientist at the Great Barrier Reef Foundationand John Veron,Marine Biologist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science and International Society for Reef Studies will be featured speakers in this conversation.
EarthxFilm will bring this issue to life through the screening of Chasing Coral, an ocean adventure directedbyJeff Orlowski with a mission to discover why reefs are disappearing and revealing the underwater worlds of our changing oceans. EarthXR will also transport audiences to the depths of our ocean through virtual dives with National Geographic Explorer Erika Woolsey and Underwater Earth Co-Founder Christophe Bailhache, immersing audiences in the underwater worlds of coral reefs while illustrating the importance of their conservation.
Australian Shark Conservation | An estimated 100 million sharks are being killed every year due to destructive fishing practices and shark finning. EarthxAustralia is catalyzing awareness around the issue and the urgent need to protect shark species worldwide by gathering leading experts and solution-drivers including renowned shark conservationist and shark attack survivor Rodney Fox and Executive Diretor of Fins Attached Alex Antoniou.
Registration is free and details are available at www.EarthX.org.
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EarthX convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival, and is a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. Founded in 2011 by environmentalist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2019, the event drew over 177,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental business leaders, 700 exhibitors, 450 speakers, 63 films and 49 Eco-virtual reality experiences. Earthx2020 was held virtually from April 16-26 and drew over 550,000 visitors worldwide. Visit www.EarthX.org or follow us @earthxorg on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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