The State of Our Oceans

Oceans are the lifeblood of planet Earth and humankind. They flow over nearly three-quarters of our planet, and hold 97 percent of the planet’s water. They produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorb the most carbon from it. They comprise the largest ecosystem on Earth, harbouring tremendous biodiversity and essentially supporting all living organisms on Earth.

At GLOBE Forum 2018, we were shining a spotlight on “The State of our Oceans,” and exploring the role business, government, and civil society can play to protect them.

Here’s what was on the agenda:

Paul Nicklen Exhibition

GLOBE Forum attendees were treated to a plenary presentation and three day exhibition by one of the world’s most highly acclaimed nature photographers. Paul Nicklen is a Canadian filmmaker and marine biologist whose evocative imagery has garnered over 30 of the highest awards given to any photographer in his field. As an assignment photographer for National Geographic, Paul captures the imagination of a global audience of more than 4 million Instagram followers (@paulnicklen).

Paul Nicklen

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Featured Ocean Sessions

Turning Tides: Mitigating Ocean Plastics From All Angles
Mar 16 2018, 10:30am – 11:30am

This session explored the four pillars of ocean plastics reduction—lifecycle design, waste management, mitigation and investment, and how business, government, and civil society are collaborating to tackle the issue.

Speakers included:

Sarah Dearman, Sustainable Packaging Program Director, Coca Cola;
Dune Ives, Executive Director of the Lonely Whale Foundation; and
Ellen Martin, Vice President Impact and Reporting, Closed Loop Partners.
Mike Biddle, Managing Director, Evok Innovations (moderator)

Textiles and Ocean Pollution: Science and Industry Tackle a Global Issue
Mar 15 2018, 10:15am – 11:15am

A panel of experts looked at how science and business are collaborating to understand the ocean plastics pollution problem, and spoke to the ways that some of the world’s leading outdoor apparel companies are responding with leadership and innovation.

Speakers included:

Drummond Lawson, Director of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Arcteryx; Jeff Crook, Chief Product Officer, MEC Mountain Equipment; Peter S. Ross, Vice President of Research, Ocean Wise Conservation Association; and Andjela Knezevic-Stevanovic, Director, Environmental Management and Quality Control, Metro Vancouver.

Featured Speaker: Cristina Mittermeier

Cristina Mittermeier is a marine biologist and contributing photographer, speaker, and explorer for National Geographic. Alongside Paul Nicklen, Cristina founded SeaLegacy, a non-profit organization working to protect the oceans. Cristina specializes in conservation issues surrounding fisheries and indigenous cultures and joined us in the Innovation Expo to present her work as a conservation photographer.

Cristina Mittermeier on boat

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GLOBE Forum Action Agenda

Prepare to be Awed

Several inspirational conservationists taking bold, innovative steps to help solve critical environmental and conservation challenges around the globe presented their mission at GLOBE Forum. Using vivid imagery and engaging video, they outlined their personal journeys, passion projects, and institute calls to action for business.

Among the conservationists speaking in March were Emily Penn, Expedition Leader, Skipper, Artist, and Ocean Advocate, and Pete Bethune, “Captain Planet”, Engineer, and Skipper. Emily was recently honoured with the Fitzroy Award at the 2016 Ocean Awards and is also the youngest and only female recipient of both the Yachtmaster of the Year and Seamaster of the Year awards. Pete is best known for his epic journey in the Earthrace boat and his promotion of the use of sustainable biofuel.

Emily Penn - Speaker Portrait Pete Bethune - Speaker Portrait

Vancouver's Ocean Love Affair

As a city by the ocean, much of Vancouver’s activities and culture stems from the city’s love affair with all things aquatic. Ocean, inlets, rivers and lakes can be discovered in or near Vancouver, and are enhanced by dazzling views. Take a walk around the stunning seawall, go on a whale watching trip, or enjoy a boat tour around the harbour. Learn more.