Our actions toward the ocean in the next 10 years will define the next 10,000.
-Sylvia Earle, oceanographer
When documentary filmmaker Greg MacGillivray heard Sylvia Earle utter that warning, he decided he must use his skills in whatever way he could to help the ocean. So in 2007, he and his wife formed the One World One Ocean Foundation, with the mission to use storytelling and great filmmaking to connect people to ocean preservation. The MacGillivrays are using film, television, and educational campaigns to reach a wide audience and influence the public to:
- Buy sustainable seafood
- Reduce plastic pollution
- Expand the ocean’s protected areas to 10%
The MacGillivrays believe that great storytelling has the power to change the world and that all great movements start from the bottom up, so they hope that showing people new, exciting views of the ocean will encourage them to get active. Many people aren’t aware of facts like:
- The oceans are responsible for 50-70% of the oxygen we breathe
- 90% of the oceans’ big fish are gone from overfishing and the remaining big fish are half as large
- Massive floating plastic material is collecting in 5 places around the world, getting into marine life (causing illness and death) and entering our diets when we eat seafood
- There are 405 dead zones in the oceans, where life cannot exist
As One World One Ocean says,
The ocean is our life support. It generates most of the oxygen we breathe. It regulates our climate. It provides us with food. It is the largest, most diverse reservoir of natural resources on the planet. Simply put, it is our lifeline.
Over the next 20 years, we can expect One World One Ocean to visit all 5 oceans and create: 3 IMAX movies, 1 feature film, 8 TV specials and 1,000 online videos (quite a commitment)! I am hoping, however, that their work will inspire the necessary change before they’re even halfway there. So, let’s ALL check out their website and start learning! We can (& should) all be a part of keeping our oceans healthy. After all, truly, everyone, everywhere depends on a healthy sea.