May 13, 2013
Please join us at Celebration of the Seas, the kickoff of the fourth Blue Vision Summit on Monday May 13th 6-10pm in Washington, DC for a special screening of, Disaster at Nightingale: How Tragedy Found the World’s Remotest Island, a film by Ocean Doctor president, David E. Guggenheim, who will introduce the film.
This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. (You need not RSVP/register if you are already registered for the Blue Vision Summit.) Disaster at Nightingale will screen at approximately 9:00pm in the Carnegie Institution theater.
See the Trailer:
In 2011, Dr. Guggenheim witnessed what he describes as the “worst environmental disaster” of his life in middle of the South Atlantic. He produced this film in 2013 to raise awareness “about an ecological catastrophe that few know occurred, in a place that few know exists, resulting from a global threat that few are aware of.” The film includes never-before-seen footage of the disaster and aftermath, including new details that have only come to light within the past few months. Learn more about Disaster at Nightingale.
Monday May 13, 2013 6-10 PM
Free and Open to Public
About the Summit
We strongly encourage you to register for the entire summit, an enriching and fun event for all who care about the oceans. See the agenda
Here’s some background on the Summit:
- Every two years Blue Vision Summits bring diverse groups and individuals from the marine conservation community together in Washington, DC to explore new avenues for solutions to the challenges facing our public seas.
- Summits are attended by individuals and organizations that work towards improving ocean conservation efforts from a variety of approaches including education, restoration, science, business and policy.
- The Summits provide a unique opportunity for community members to learn from one another and often result in new collaborations.
- Summits attract and bridge the gaps between citizens, activists, organizations and elected officials.
- Each Summit includes a visit to Capitol Hill where participants visit the offices of Congress members and convey their support for healthy oceans.
- It’s critical that we come together as a movement and a growing constituency of marine conservationists, businesses, scientists, recreational users, youth and others to turn the tide for our public seas.
May 13, 2013 – May 16, 2013
Over the years, Blue Frontier Campaign has worked with a broad network of these marine grassroots organizations and individuals – known as “Seaweed Rebels” – to disseminate information at local, regional, and national levels. There are now some 2,000 blue groups working on ocean and coastal conservation but still largely operating in isolation, and with little coordinated effort. Blue Frontier Campaign focuses on networking and promoting the common works needed among these groups.
The Blue Vision Summits are now established forums that have helped increase outreach to marine conservation groups, coastal communities, recreational ocean users, maritime workers, coastal tribes, public health advocates, marine science centers, elected officials and other potential constituents and allies.
April 25, 2013
A Special World Penguin Day Event
A celebration of one of the world’s most beloved creatures and a call to action for their conservation.
Disaster at Nightingale: How Tragedy Found the World’s Remotest Island
Mobilizing the World’s Largest and Most Difficult Penguin Rescues
The Threats Penguins Face and New Conservation Opportunities in the Antarctic
Why Oil and Ice Don’t Mix
Featuring original artwork by New York artist, writer and activist, Asher Jay
April 24, 2013
Ocean Doctor’s 50 Years – 50 States – 50 Speeches Expedition continues with the first presentation in the state of Maryland at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland during Earth Week on April 24th, 2013.
Ocean Doctor’s 50 Years – 50 States – 50 Speeches Expedition is a journey of outreach, education, and discovery announced by Dr. David E. Guggenheim on his 50th birthday to bring at no charge speeches and multimedia education programs about the oceans to schools in all 50 U.S. states and 5 inhabited U.S. territories. By its culmination, the expedition will reach more than 100 schools and tens of thousands of students, with whom the “Ocean Doctor” is sharing firsthand accounts and important lessons about the oceans and their conservation. The expedition is also promoting renewed interest in science and science careers among the students visited. Finally, the expedition is collecting thousands of messages from the students to be delivered to leaders in Washington, DC at the conclusion of the journey.
This is a private event and not open to the general public.
April 22, 2013
Event: A press conference will be hosted by the Great Whale Conservancy (GWC) at noon (EDT) on Earth Day (April 22nd, 2013), in Freedom Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC 20004 (nearest Metro: Federal Triangle). The public is welcome!
Purpose: To call for action against the unnecessary killing of blue whales from ship strikes in waters offshore of Southern California.
- David E. Guggenheim Ph.D., President, Ocean Doctor (Washington, DC)
- John Calambokidis, Director of the Cascadia Research Group (Seattle, WA; invited)
- Gershon Cohen Ph.D., co-Director of the Great Whale Conservancy (Anchorage, Alaska)
- Michael Fishbach, co-Director of the Great Whale Conservancy (Anchorage, Alaska; Saving Valentina)
Also in attendance will be Mz Blue, the GWC’s life-sized 90-foot blue whale inflatable (see photo below.)
Background: The shipping lane between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of the busiest in the world, moving people and goods from Asia between U.S. ports on the west coast. Unfortunately, the shipping lane cuts right through critical blue whale feeding habitat. Every year, blue whales are killed by propeller cuts and direct collisions from cargo ships, oil tankers, and cruise ships. An alternative shipping route exists ~15 miles to the southwest, which the scientific community believes would eliminate 80-90% of the ship strikes. This unofficial route passes through a U.S. Navy exercise area and is supposed to be off limits to commercial traffic. However, ships have, and continue to transit those waters without direct objection by the U.S. Navy. Nevertheless, many ships will still not use the unofficial route for fear of expulsion.
GWC will be delivering a request from the many of the world’s largest whale conservation organizations along with the signatures of ~100,000 citizens to the Obama Administration asking the President to direct the Navy to approve an alternate transit lane for the months of July through October when the blue whale population in the area reaches its highest concentration.
For more information please contact:
Gershon Cohen PhD, co-Director
Great Whale Conservancy
March 22, 2013 – March 24, 2013
Ocean Doctor will be participating in the 2013 “Beneath the Sea” event, said to be the largest scuba & dive travel show in America at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey. Drop by booth 304 to hear about Cuba’s remarkably health coral reef and educational travel opportunities.
Beneath the Sea (BTS) welcomes all who are interested in scuba diving and related environmental issues! BTS is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to increasing awareness of the earth’s oceans and the sport of scuba diving. As an award-winning organization, BTS helps promote environmental conservation and the protection of marine wildlife through grants to other nonprofit groups. Through its international poster contest for children, called Ocean Pals, BTS helps educate children on the wonder and delicate nature of our oceans.
Beneath The Sea’s annual exposition in March will feature seminars and workshops, lots of great door prizes, a film festival showcasing the work of world-renowned underwater videographers, great parties, and exhibits and demonstrations by hundreds of manufacturers, dive clubs, dive shops, resorts, and much more.
February 15, 2013 – February 17, 2013
January 8, 2013 – January 11, 2013
With more than four decades of success, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) reaches across global markets, connects the industry and enables CE innovations to grow and thrive.
The International CES is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $195 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies are members of CEA.
December 8, 2012
A Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser.
- Curated event raising money for Hurricane Sandy victims and promoting climate change awareness
- Ocean luminaries will be giving talks on the effects of climate change, the devastation of our oceans and how it is impacting our community, specifically with regard to Hurricane Sandy
- Silent Auction (proceeds go to Hurricane Sandy victims). Items for auction: art, autographed books, award-winning photography, and more.
- Gourmet catering, wine and our event’s signature cocktail: Liquid Ocean (vodka, blue curacao, lime juice, garnish with a lemon twist)
Anne Doubilet is an underwater explorer, writer and photographer logging thousands of dives worldwide as a freelance photographer and dive-team member for National Geographic Magazine on 34 stories about the seas. Lecturing at various national and international venues, Anne now speaks to the issue of oceans in peril as seen through her 40 years of working underwater. www.annedoubilet.com
Paul Greenberg is author of the James Beard Award winning New York Times bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and a regular contributor to many national and international publications. A prolific writer and voice on issues of ocean sustainability, he is also a frequent guest and commentator on public radio programs including Fresh Air and All Things Considered. www.fourfish.org
David Guggenheim is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, submarine pilot and ocean explorer. He is an accomplished speaker, entertaining and educating audiences across America and the world. The Ocean Doctor as he if popularly known, provides a unique perspective as both a scientist and a Washington, DC-based policy expert focused on today’s most important conservation issues. www.OceanDoctor.org
Alison Jones is a conservation photographer and environmental journalist who created the non-profit organization No Water No Life.Through the power of photography and science, NWNL documents North American and African watersheds to illustrate degradation of fresh water resources and stewardship solutions. www.nowater-nolife.org
Asher Jay is a multifaceted creative conservationist. She uses all her artistic prowess to spark multimedia, engaging visual discourses with audiences across the globe about contemporary ecological and humanitarian concerns. She is the founder of Garbagea (www.garbagea.com) and Sea Speak Sphere (www.seaspeaksphere.com) under which she Message in A Bottle. www.asherjay.com
Andrew Revkin is an American, non-fiction, science and environmental writer. He has written on a wide range of subjects including destruction of the Amazon rain forest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, science and politics, climate change, and the North Pole. A reporter for the New York Times from 1995-2009, Revkin currently writes the “Dot Earth” environmental blog for The Times’ Op-Ed section.
Jeff Orlowski, the director of Chasing Ice, will also be sharing his experiences on the field, recording never before captured moments indicative of large scale climatic shifts with James Balog and how that ties into our daily activities.
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS
Contributed By: David Helvarg, Louie Psihoyos, Leilani Munter, David Rothenberg, Andrew Revkin, Asher Jay, Anne Doubilet, Diana Reiss, David Guggenheim, Alison Jones, Paul Greenberg, Amos Nachoum and others.
Press Enquiries Contact: 347.994.0094
There are a few world renowned surprise guests who might be in attendance willing to make opening/ closing remarks to help set the tone for the evening.
The evening will give everyone a chance to raise questions, and interact with the panel on a one-on-one basis after the presentations are done.
Event will have press coverage.
Venue: Green Spaces, Tribeca, New York: 394 Broadway, 5th floor (@ Walker & White, just south of Canal Street); New York, NY 10013
FOR THE ELEVATOR, please use the 394 Cortlandt Alley entrance, at the rear of our building.
Subway stops: 6, N/Q/R/W, M, J/Z, 1, A/C/E to Canal Street
For directions or more information, call 646.801.1247, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: December 8th 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
November 16, 2012
Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen: A Living Time Machine and Hope for the Future of the World’s Coral Reefs | DEMA 2012 – Las Vegas, Nevada
Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor,” and representatives of Cuba’s Avalon Diving Centers present “Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen: A Living Time Machine and Hope for the Future of the World’s Coral Reefs.”
Named by Christopher Columbus to honor Queen Isabel, Jardines de la Reina or Gardens of the Queen are one of the healthiest coral reef ecosystems remaining in the Caribbean. In a world where coral reefs are dying, the corals in the Gardens of the Queen are flourishing, and like a living time machine, the Gardens likely resemble the healthy coral reefs Columbus saw, avoiding the rapid decline so common throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the world.
What makes this ecosystem so healthy? What are the implications for coral reefs elsewhere? What is the role of diving in this special ecosystem? And how is this ecosystem bringing Americans and Cubans closer together? What is so compelling about this Cuban ecosystem that 60 MINUTES sent Anderson Cooper and a camera crew to work with Dr. Guggenheim and Cuban scientists? Can American divers visit Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina?
Venue to be Announced