Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Helping celebrate youth presence at World Parks Congress

As the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia draws closer, we would like to continue featuring the young people involved in the Congress and highlight our youth presence.

Tom (Young Peoples Media Coalition, CoalitionWILD) and Ashley (Global Youth Ambassadors, Stream 8: Inspiring a New Generation) have put together a questionnaire to then create biographies for all young people involved in the Congress. These biographies will be featured in communication and publication pieces for the World Parks Congress and may help to connect you with stream sessions you may be interested in.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Be inspired by a new generation! "How are you creating a protected planet?"

The Pushing Boundaries Challenge has been launched and is asking this question to really showcase the amazing work of young people around the world, to support, enhance and further protected areas!

This international Challenge is designed to provide an outlet for passion and creativity that highlights how young people are using inspiring and innovative solutions to keep our world wild and protected.

The Challenge is accepting entries that range from local to global in scope, encompassing diverse forms of protected areas, and will be evaluated by an international team of judges on impact, creativity, innovation and its ability to be replicated.

Antarctic marine life atlas launched to inform conservation debate

A new atlas, providing the most thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean, is to be published to inform future decisions about conservation and marine protected areas in the region.

The atlas, published by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, saw leading marine biologists and oceanographers from all over the world collaborate to compile everything they know about ocean species, from microbes to whales. The last time such an effort was undertaken was in 1969.

Over 9,000 species are recorded in the publication, which also looks at the possible impact of climate change on marine life in the Antarctic. Read more....

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Mission Blue Film now LIVE on Netflix!

Friday 15th August

We’re tremendously excited to announce that the Mission Blue Film is going live on Netflix today! While Dr. Earle has been spreading her message of hope for years, we believe that in the coming days this message — our Mission Blue — is going to leap to the next level of awareness in the global public consciousness.

With the documentary, directed by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens available in 40+ countries, we anticipate that Dr. Earle’s simple message of ocean conservation, of respect for our planet and what sustains us, will reverberate through the homes and hearts of Netflix’s global audience. We hope that a public awakening to the dire state of our ocean — and what we can do to save it — will propel personal decisions and public policy that favors the future of our ocean and ourselves.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Mission Blue: Can You Feel It? The Tides Are Changing!

National Ocean Month ignited the ocean community with can-do energy and saw many positive developments. We at Mission Blue believe that the tides are changing in favor of the ocean -- that this moment is truly the sweet spot in time. How could we conclude otherwise in light of these recent developments? Read more.....

Friday, 27 June 2014

Sign up for a High Seas Biodiversity Agreement!! Sign it now!

The High Seas Alliance is coordinating an effort to collect scientists’ support for a high seas biodiversity agreement under the UN Law of the Sea Convention. It urges countries to honor the commitment made by governments at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 Conference

To read the letter and sign it click here

Monday, 23 June 2014

Kiribati takes unprecidented action to protect tuna stocks

On June 16, President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati, an island nation in the Pacific Oceanscape, announced that his nation’s Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) will close to ALL commercial fishing on December 31, 2014!

Covering an area roughly the size of California, PIPA hosts some of the world’s most economically important waters. In fact, if you order a spicy tuna roll in the United States, chances are good that it was made with fish caught in the waters of the Pacific Oceanscape — which supports 60% of the world’s tuna catch.