“The question isn’t, “I’m just one person; what can I do?” Everyone who has ever lived has been one person. The question is what can you do? And who can you do it with? Who do you need? Who needs your help? Where will you start?”
“But one doesn’t wait for a revolution – one becomes it”. ~ Carl Safina
Carl Safina’s work explores how human dignity and the survival of the natural world are increasingly intertwined. His work probes not only the science but also the ethics of our moment with nature. Safina’s childhood by the shore launched a life-long passion, lending a distinct ocean flavor to much of his work. He has studied nature as a scientist, stood for it as an advocate, and conveyed his travels among sea creatures and coastal people in lyrical nonfiction writing.
“humanity’s relationship with nature”
Studies of seabirds and fishes led to his PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University. Witnessing rapid declines in sea turtles, sharks, tunas, and many other ocean creatures, he realized that a “last buffalo hunt” was underway in the sea. Responding, Safina helped lead campaigns to prohibit over fishing and to ban driftnets, overhaul fisheries law, achieve a United Nations fisheries treaty, and reduce seabird and sea turtle drowning on commercial fishing lines. Along the way, his marine conservation writings made him a leading ocean activist on humanity’s relationship with nature.
Safina is an Ocean Author of 6 books and roughly 200 scientific and popular publications, including features in the New York Times, and National Geographic and a new Foreword to Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us. His first book, Song for the Blue Ocean, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Eye of the Albatross won the John Burroughs Medal and the National Academies’ Science Communication Award for year’s Best Book. Voyage of the Turtle was a N.Y. Times Editors’ Choice. So was The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, which won the 2012 Orion Award. Nina Delmar and The Great Whale Rescue is his children’s book. In A Sea in Flames Safina chronicled the 2010 Gulf oil blowout.
Carl is among the “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century.”
Safina is founding president of Blue Ocean Institute at Stony Brook University, where he also co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Audubon Magazine named Carl Safina among its “100 Notable Conservationists of the 20th Century.” In 2011, Utne Reader listed him among “25 Visionaries Changing the World.” He has won Pew and Guggenheim Fellowships, the John Burroughs Medal, the Rabb Medal from Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo, the James Beard medal, the Lannan Literary Award, three honorary doctorates, and a MacArthur “genius” Prize. He hosts Saving the Ocean on PBS television.
To find out more about Carl’s message asking all of us to make sustainable choices, and help to save the ocean. To hear Carl’s entire interview join us at Blue Ocean Summit 2014: Carl Safina or visit the Safina Center, or the Blue Ocean Institute, where you can read about the Blue Ocean Strategy.
“If we can’t protect manta rays, the most magnificent and gentle of underwater creatures, then I don’t think we can protect anything. Mantas are like angels sent to us as one final test to see what we are willing to save,” ~ Shawn Heinrichs
“strip mining of the oceans”
Shawn Heinrichs is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer, underwater photographer, scuba diver, and marine conservationist. In 2000, Heinrichs decided to find out for himself what was happening to the ocean. This led to a profound awakening, uncovering what he describes as “strip mining of the oceans” and horrible cruelty, witnessing shark finning and cutting shells off live turtles. “It is not enough to get people to say when will they stop. We need to stop saying they and do it ourselves.”
Hear from an Ocean Activist to learn what steps you can take to make a difference, read Shawn’s entire article “Turning Inspiration In to Real Action” at: Ocean Profiles: Shawn Heinrichs