Saturday, July 29, 2023

Ocean Elders

In Native American cultures and tribal communities, the elders are known for their widsom. They are the revered older members of the tribe that brings knowledge, sage advice, patience, honor, and expertise.

It was from that mentality merged with The Seventh Generation Principle (based on the Iroquois Great Law of Peace--which also served as the model for the US Constitution) that the Ocean Elders was created. From their website: 

I view them sort of like the Marvel Marine Superheroes or the Eco Avengers, who are here to help save the oceanic day! At the very least, here to LEAD the way. The list of people involved--the Ocean Elders--reads like a "who's who" of the environmental world... which is where I think I get the superhero vibe. It's an impressive list of likeminded leaders.  You can find links to the bios of each of these elders here.
  • H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco: Explorer, Environmentalist
  • Richard Bailey: Founder, The Brando, Tetiaroa Society, & Blue Climate Initiative
  • Sir Richard Branson: Founder & Chairman, Virgin Group & Founder, Virgin Unite
  • Jackson Browne: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Environmentalist
  • James Cameron: Founder, CAMERON Companies & Founder, Avatar Alliance Foundation
  • Dr. Rita Colwell: Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland & Johns Hopkins University
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau: President & Chairman, Ocean Futures Society, Explorer, Film Producer
  • Dr. Wade Davis: BC Leadership Chair in Cultures & Ecosystems at Risk, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Sylvia A. Earle: President & Chairman, Mission Blue: The Sylvia Earle Alliance, Oceanographer
  • Dr. Jane Goodall: Founder, The Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace
  • Graeme Kelleher: Former Chairman & CEO, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Sven Lindblad: Conservationist, Explorer, Founder & Co-Chair, Lindblad Expeditions
  • Gerry Lopez: “Mr. Pipeline,” Surfer, Shaper, Actor, Yogi
  • H.M. Queen Noor of Jordan: International Public Servant, Founder, King Hussein Foundation
  • Catherine A. Novelli: Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, & the Environment
  • Dr. Frederik Paulsen: Explorer & Chairman, Ferring Pharmaceuticals
  • Prof. Bertrand Piccard: Explorer & Chair of the Solar Impulse Foundation
  • President Tommy Esang Remengesau, Jr.: Former President, Republic of Palau
  • David E. Shaw: Managing Partner, Black Point Group LP & Co-Chair, Aspen Institute High Seas Initiative
  • Nainoa Thompson: Master Navigator & President, Polynesian Voyaging Society
  • Ted Turner: Chairman, Turner Enterprises, Inc. Founding Funder of UN Foundation Founder of CNN & TBS
  • Captain Don Walsh: Oceanographer & President International Maritime Incorporated
  • Bob Weir: Founding Member, Grateful Dead, Environmental Advocate, UN Goodwill Ambassador
  • Ocean Elders Emeritus 
    • Sheila Watt-Cloutier: Environmental, Cultural & Human Rights Advocate
    • Neil Young: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Activist, Humanitarian
    • José María Figueres: Former President, Costa Rica & Co-Chair, Global Ocean Commission
  • In Memoriam
    • Dr. Walter Munk: Emeritus, Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    • Dr. E.O. Wilson: University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
The inspiration for Ocean Elders began in April 2010 on the Mission Blue voyage. This trip had more than 100 scientists, business and philanthropic leaders and long-time/big-name entertainers going to the Galapagos Islands to support Dr. Sylvia Earle's TED Wish to garner protecting the ocean. By combining both a base of experts in the field along with social and business/governmental leaders, their mission could move farther and faster. These Ocean Elders, much like tribal elders, serve as the voice of ocean and environmental conservation. 

Some of the their big projects include being involved with the following: Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition, Cuba's Marine Ecosystems, Half-Earth Project, Hope Spots, Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Monaco Explorations, Palau Pledge, Roots and Shoots, & 1,000 Solutions to Protect the Planet. You can learn more about each one on their Showcase page.

May we all be the wise ones.
May we listen to these leaders.
May we learn from their voices of advocacy, sustainability, and our future.
May we all learn to be stewards, protecting our oceans.

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