A moment that stood our for me is when the protagonist of the film Sea of Shadows, Andrea Crosta, said that the biggest exploiters of the ocean are "not at sea; they are on land, in big cities."
Crosta and his team at Earth League International (ELI) are former intelligence professionals protecting Nature by investigating and exposing wildlife criminals and traffickers worldwide. Their film, Sea of Shadows (produced by Leonardo DiCaprio!), exposes how how illegal fishing has brought the population of the vaquita down to just 10 individuals. The film is available on Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other major distributors.
Our film, Ocean's Breath, is available on Disney+ in Italy (coming soon elsewhere!) and on Sky TV; it's also marketed under the title Il Segreto Degli Oceani. Snippets below!
Me examining a baby coral growing on top of the volcanic material on Montserrat. In the Dolomites fossil record from millions of years ago, we see the same thing: coral reefs covered by volcanic material and then growing again.
Federico and I assessing coral reefs off Tanzania that are living in conditions similar to what the Dolomites faced hundreds of millions of years ago. To learn more about the work of partners based in Tanzania, see Ngoteya Wild.
Inspired by two recent National Geographic documentary productions, "Ocean's Breath" by Michele Melani and "Sea of Shadows" by Richard Ladkani, the panel will feature the very protagonists of these films: geologist Federico Fanti and robotic engineer Grace Young; Earth League International Executive Director, Andrea Crosta, and National Marine Mammal Foundation Executive Director, Cynthia Smith. Moderated by Valerie Craig, Interim Chief of the Science and Innovation Office at National Geographic, the discussion will include selected clips from each film.
The event will be opened by Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States, and Nicole LeBoeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service.
WHEN: March 23, 2021 at 11:30 AM ET
WHERE: Zoom Webinar
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