bluemind, wallace j nichols, ocean author, marien conservationist, scientistAt his popular Blue Mind presentations,  Wallace J. Nichols distributes glass marbles in colors that reflect a tropical sea. “Hang on tight to your blue marble,” the marine biologist tells his audience. “Don’t let it roll. Don’t drop it. Don’t throw them at the speaker or eat them.”

Holding up one of the blue marbles Nichols say “That’s what we look like right now from a million miles away,” “The single defining feature, at least on the surface of our planet, is our water. That makes us special in the universe—there aren’t as many water planets as you might imagine—which means everything we do relative to our water matters. Everything.”


Environmental Movement’s ToolBox is Lacking

Wallace believes that the world’s environmental movement is too heavily reliant on guilt and fear, that numbs rather than motivates. “Sometimes it feels like you’re being smacked on the face with a cold fish,” he says. Nichols believes that our discussion regarding ocean conservation is limited because it does not include humanity’s emotional connection with water. Nichols says that neuroscientists need to be included in this discussion about the benefits of being near water. He calls this principle “neuroconservation.”


Water is Dangerously Undervalued.

“Generally, we have dangerously undervalued water in all of its forms by not including this conversation,” Nichols says. “When undervalued, and not just in the financial sense, there’s a tendency to degrade.”

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About J. Nichols

“J” Nichols is a turtle scientist, and neuro-conservationist who is changing the conversation about the value of the ocean. J. was featured at the inaugural Blue Ocean Summit in 2014. He’ll be making a return engagement as a Summit alumnus at Blue Ocean Summit 2016. Learn more about  J. at Attend the 2016 Blue Ocean Summit, register at