A group of young leaders from states on the front line of climate change and marine degradation joined Peace Boat’s Global Voyage in Barcelona as a part of a program to highlight these crucial issues. In every port, they connected with civil society organizations and government agencies bringing their message to citizens and government representatives throughout the voyage. Against the Tide was directed by the Colombian filmmaker Luis Barreto and was screened for the first time at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.
In this short interview, Emilie McGlone, Director of Peace Boat US, interviews the program director of the Peace Boat Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador program, Karen Hallows, filmmaker Luis Barreto and La Tisha Parkinson, an Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador from Trinidad and Tobago. We speak about their experiences onboard and reflect on the importance of the film “Against the Tide: A a Journey of Climate Hope” today as the world faces a climate crisis and seeks solutions for the people and our planet. To watch the full 30 min documentary, visit : https://vimeo.com/246790944
Established in 2020 by visionary entrepreneur and leading climate change advocate Henk Rogers, the Blue Planet Alliance aims to create a world in which humanity and nature live in harmony. The non-profit builds upon monumental climate change policies and initiatives of his Hawaii-based Blue Planet Foundation. Established in 2008, the Foundation successfully passed the nation’s first 100% renewable energy law, requiring the State of Hawaii to commit to 100% clean energy by 2045. It also designed and implemented successful business models to guide Hawaii’s utility in transitioning to 100% renewable energy and continues to drive key policies shaping the State’s clean energy future.
In this short documentary film, a group of youth from Fiji, Palau, Timor-Leste, Seychelles, Mauritius, Singapore, and Barbados joined Peace Boat to take part in the second edition of the Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors Program. The film aims to contribute to the Talanoa Dialogue for Climate Ambition, a process to take stock of collective efforts to reduce emissions and build greater resilience, in line with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. The young leaders engaged with local, regional and national governments, civil society and the scientific community taking part in awareness-raising and outreach events in the countries they visited including Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Canada and the United States.
Peace Boat’s Ecoship is a transformational programme to construct the planet’s most environmentally sustainable cruise ship. The Ecoship will be the platform for Peace Boat’s round-the-world educational voyage carrying 6,000 people per year; host exhibitions on green technology in up to 100 ports per year; and serve as a floating sustainability laboratory contributing to research on the ocean, climate and green marine technology. The ship also will create awareness and encourage active engagement with the challenges embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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In this multigenerational journey, set to a bedtime fable about the story of The Little Blue Planet, we get a glimpse into one family’s experience as they grow in respect and responsibility for the Earth.
Presented by SHINE, in partnership with the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, PangeaSeed Foundation brought their globally renowned public art program, Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Sea Walls St. Pete installed twelve large-scale public murals throughout the coastal community, as well as hosted a series of accompanying events allowing the community to get involved and learn more about how they can become stewards of our oceans. The diverse artist lineup focused entirely on Florida-based artists, emphasized Tampa Bay artists to boost the support for the local community who are the backbone of the Shine mural festival and make St. Petersburg pulse all year long.These purpose-driven public murals help give our oceans a creative voice by serving as educational tools speaking to locally relevant, pressing issues affecting oceans, the environment, and people.
As a special feature for the ‘Ocean Film Festival’, Emilie McGlone from Peace Boat US interviews Tre Packard, the Founder of PangeaSeed Foundation, an international non-profit organization acting at the intersection of culture and environmentalism to further the conservation of our oceans. Their mission is to empower individuals and communities to create meaningful environmental change for oceans through science, education, and ARTivism (S.E.A). Learn more about their groundbreaking public art program SeaWalls, which brings the oceans into the streets around the world. PangeaSeed collaborates with some of today’s most renowned contemporary artists to create large-scale public murals that address pressing environmental issues the oceans are facing.
A short film highlighting the UN World Oceans Assessment II, the only integrated assessment of the world’s ocean, providing scientific information on the state of the global marine environment, covering environmental, economic, and social aspects. Its purpose is to strengthen scientific assessments of the marine environment, in order to enhance the scientific basis for policymaking & to achieve all pillars of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, as well as the implementation of the UN Ocean Decade. Visit https://www.un.org/regularprocess/woa2launch
Enchanted Star Sand (2011) is inspired by the unique shapes of sand found on Okinawa’s beaches. “Star Sand” is formed by the shells of foraminiferans, single-celled calcareous marine organisms, that live on the ocean floor. In this sculpture these tiny star shapes cling to the delicate tentacles of a ctenephore or sea gooseberry. The ctenephore, also a tiny marine organism, is perched on a cliff while its tentacles are submerged into the water forming the reef below. This living sculpture would enhance the beauty of Miyako Island and protect its biodiversity, creating the perfect habitat for future aquatic and amphibious life. The concept for this project would be to create a living sculpture, which existed both below and above the intertidal zone. As transplanted coral develops on the structure, the reef will become a self-repairing breaker protecting Miyako’s shorelines. Solutions for coastal protection are necessary in an age of sea-level rise due to climate change. Enchanted Star Sand would be created in an area on Miyako island where coastal erosion was already taking place or would be likely to take place in the future due to climate change and water level rise. Enchanted Star Sand embodies the concept of Geotherapy or art-action to heal the planet.
The Tara Ocean Foundation organizes voyages to study and understand the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis facing the world’s oceans. Tara Expeditions has been granted observer status at the United Nations and is committed to defend the oceans and popularize environmental issues. In addition to research and educational outreach conducted since 2003, the Tara Ocean Foundation provides scientific expertise during multilateral negotiations relating to the High Seas, climate change and reduction of plastic pollution.