Ocean Doctor’s “50 Years – 50 States – 50 Speeches Expedition” Under Way
California, Florida, Kansas, S. Dakota, Nebraska…
Last Week the Expedition Visited Rapid City, South Dakota.
The Ocean Doctor has met with four former U.S. presidents atop a snowy retreat, and spoken to students in nearby Rapid City, South Dakota. He’s spoken to students in Kansas, close to the geographic center of the country where half had never seen an ocean. He’s spoken to college students in Sarasota, Florida going to school at Gulf’s edge and students in Ventura, California at the shores of the cool Pacific. He landed in a blizzard in St. Louis only to have a “snow day.” And he spoke to middle school students at Boys Town, Nebraska, where the famous 1938 film of the same name was filmed (starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney) and the famous expression, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” originates. And the expedition is still in its first month. Share the ongoing experiences and adventures of the Ocean Doctor, David Guggenheim, and track his journey as he continues in his quest to bring speeches about the oceans to students in all 50 States (and a few extra surprise stops along the way)
The Ocean Doctor’s “50 Years – 50 States – 50 Speeches Expedition“ is a one-year journey of outreach, education, and discovery, announced by Dr. David E. Guggenheim on his 50th birthday (October 6, 2008) to bring, at no charge, speeches about the oceans to schools in all 50 U.S. states plus territories. By its culmination at the end of 2009, the “expedition” will have reached well over 100 schools and tens of thousands of students to share firsthand accounts, stories, humor, passion, and important lessons about the oceans and their conservation. Through additional outreach in the visited communities, engagement of the media, and encouraging the visited schools to connect with each other and share their perspectives on the oceans through a new online social network, it is hoped that this project can help encourage an enduring wave of renewed interest in the oceans by its next generation of explorers, scientists and stewards.
The expedition is a joint project of The Ocean Foundation, the project’s fiscal sponsor, along with 1planet1ocean, and is supported by your tax-deductible donations to the “Ocean Doctor’s 50 Years – 50 States – 50 Speeches Expedition Fund” at The Ocean Foundation. Become a supporter!
February 2 marked the launch of an exciting new version of Google Earth. Version 5.0 finally brings you the other 70 percent of the planet, allowing you to journey under the vast oceans of the planet. It also marked the relaunch of our “ExpeditionCasts” podcast series, and you’ll find five of these videos — including “Attacked by the Giant Squid’s Cousins” — featured in Google Earth 5.0. We are proud to have collaborated with Google and many other organizations to make this new product a reality.
Hello from Havana, where I’ve been working this week to prepare for our important sequel to the landmark meeting in 2007 where representatives of the U.S. and Cuba gathered in Cancun to work to bring collaboration in marine science and conservation to a new level. I can’t go ten minutes without a discussion of the recent presidential election, and I’ve been handing out buttons from the inauguration of Barack Obama that are treasured here. “Estamos muy contento” is what I have heard many times. (We are very happy.) Most believe it will mean a welcome change in Cuba policy and most of my colleagues are optimistic, as am I. In a few minutes I depart to speak to a few Cuban school children about the oceans, an unexpected but welcome stop on my 50-50-50 expedition. My Spanish is good enough to make the presentation while bad enough to keep the kids laughing at my mistakes. It should be a fun morning.
I would like to take this opportunity to ask for your help in keeping the expedition going. I’ll need your help to allow me to continue this journey. And I hope you’ll read my blog posts as I travel from state to state, and learn with me from the students, teachers and others about their perspectives about the oceans, and of course, I hope they learn from mine. The expedition is a joint project of The Ocean Foundation, the project’s fiscal sponsor, along with 1planet1ocean, and is supported by your tax-deductible donations to the “Ocean Doctor’s 50 Years – 50 States – 50 Speeches Expedition Fund” at The Ocean Foundation.
Thank you for your support! Hasta pronto, mis amigos.
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David Guggenheim, president of 1planet1ocean, is featured in the forthcoming book, “Lessons from Empowering Leaders”
The “Ocean Doctor,” David Guggenheim, is featured in the forthcoming book, Lessons from Empowering Leaders by Ed Poole, author of Lessons from the Porch and Lessons from the Crossroads. The author brings examples of leadership to life through storytelling in his latest book. Pre-order your copy!
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