By Ted Reckas, One World One Ocean
Reef Check recently became a partner organization in the One World One Ocean campaign, a multi-year, for-purpose media campaign that is harnessing the power of film, TV and new media to generate greater global awareness of the ocean’s importance to society.
The campaign was started by twice Oscar-nominated Greg MacGillivray, who has been making documentary IMAX Theater films for the past thirty years in far-off places like the top of Mt. Everest, the ice caves of Greenland, the Nile River, and the deep-ocean reefs of the South Pacific. Reef Check worked with MacGillivray Freeman Films on Coral Reef Adventure which they showed at Rio+10, the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2001. Greg was also honored at Reef Check's 2008 gala event with the Spirit of the Reef Award.
MacGillivray's team is now focused on being the ocean's storyteller. As such, One World One Ocean will inspire and connect millions of people to restore and protect the world's oceans by sharing the undersea environment with the world in a way they’ve never seen it. We are making three IMAX 3D movies, a 9-part TV Series, tons of videos, field reports, stories, and photo galleries. We are highlighting the incredible creatures that live in the ocean as well as the amazing people who are working hard to save them. Based on guidance from a team of top-notch ocean scientists, including Dr. Gregor Hodgson, Executive Director of Reef Check, we are focused on the most important stories in the ocean that have the highest conservation value and most inspirational material. Certification
Our science advisor and National Geographic Explorer In Residence Sylvia Earle, Her Deepness, said what we do in the next 10 years will determine what happens to the ocean in the next 10,000.
The time is now. Visit OneWorldOneOcean.org and join our effort.