Everyday people are standing up for the ocean we need


Maya Gabeira

Maya Gabeira started surfing when she was just 13 years old in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ever since, her passion has been the ocean.

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Racing for change

Alexia Barrier is a solo-sailing marvel! Whilst sailing across the Ocean, Alexia collects vital data on the state of the world’s most remote ocean areas.

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Reforesting the ocean

Thinking beyond just sustainable, meet Brian, the brain behind Urchinomics. Brian is team are restoring kelp forest, by eating urchins.

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Artash says, "I have created an open-source web app to measure anthropogenic noise levels in the global ocean. 'Monitor my Ocean' uses open hydrophone data gathered from 8 ocean observatories. ⁠

It will allow policymakers to evaluate if their 'Quieter Ocean' policies are working and giving endangered marine mammals a chance to reverse the decline in their population.⁠

I plan to expand the app to several other oceanic regions to crowdsource underwater ocean noise monitoring."⁠

Read more about Artash and his 'Monitor my Ocean' app now 🔻⁠⁠

#genocean #oceandecade #accousticpollution #oceanpollution #noisepollution #marinelife #artashnath #oceanscience #marinescience #oceanaction #climatechage #killerwhales #monitormyocean #quieterocean #endangeredspecies #endangeredoceananimals #mammals #underwatermonitoring

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A noisy ocean is a stressful ocean.⁠

Underwater human-generated noise levels are on the rise.⁠
This acoustic pollutant in the global ocean is a threat to marine life.⁠
And annual growth in global trade means an increase in commercial shipping. ⁠

The noise from propellers and machinery of ships overlaps with frequencies marine mammals use for communication and navigation.⁠

It leads to stress and increases in ship-mammals collision, putting endangered species such as North Atlantic Right Whales or Southern Resident Killer Whales at risk.⁠

Find out more 🔻⁠⁠

#accousticpollution #oceanpollution #marinelife #oceannoise #oceancommunication #oceanaction #savetheocean #globaltrade #globalgoals #actfortheocean #wod #artashnath #genocean #oceandecade⁠

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Erika is using her skills as a scientist to help teach all of us more about the ocean. But this is no ordinary classroom. Erika wants to help people understand what it feels like under the waves.⁠

Erika and her team at the Hydrous have developed amazing tools to help us all see life below the surface, without getting wet. These include a ‘virtual dive’ and an immersive film that invites viewers to go into the ocean’s depths.⁠

Dive in now 🔻⁠⁠

#genocean #erikawoolsey #thehydrous #oceanlovers #diving #virtualreality #immersion #oceanaction #savetheocean #climateaction #surfing #marinelife #marinescience #drerikawoolsey⁠


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"The ocean is important to me for the same reason it's important to everyone else. It's the ocean that keeps us alive." - Dr. Erika Woolsey.⁠

Yet, 60% of the world’s marine ecosystem is degraded or being used unsustainably, according to UNEP.⁠

Engaging with the ocean and understanding it better, is something we can all do today. Find out more 👇🏽⁠⁠

#genocean #oceandecade #unep #drerikawoolsey #theyhydrous #diving #oceanlife #surfing #climategoals #actfortheocean #wod

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