Changing Planet

What Do You Want Your Ocean to Look Like?

The Waitt Institute has a new mission: empower communities to restore their oceans.

This film provides a sneak peak into what that work looks like as we endeavor to preserve livelihoods and cultures by sustainably managing ocean resources. It’s a vignette of one island’s commitment to finding solutions. This installment features the community-driven mapping work of SeaSketch, an ocean summer camp for local kids, policy work with the Barbuda Council, and local divers learning to do conch monitoring surveys. With a soundtrack by the Barbuda primary school’s steel drum band, this film by Daryn Deluco shows our collaboration with the community and government of Barbuda, a model we plan to adapt and replicate with other communities around the Caribbean.

You can check out our 1st video about Barbuda Blue Halo, and follow our progress via Facebook and Twitter @BarbudaBlueHalo.

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, conservation strategist, and Brooklyn native. She is founder of Ocean Collectiv, a consulting firm for ocean conservation strategies grounded in social justice. She teaches at New York University as an adjunct professor, and was co-director of partnerships for the March for Science. As executive director of the Waitt Institute, Ayana co-founded the Blue Halo Initiative and led the Caribbean’s first successful island-wide ocean zoning effort. Previously, she worked on ocean policy at the EPA and NOAA, and was recently a TED resident and Aspen Institute fellow. She writes about how we can use the ocean without using it up here on National Geographic and @ayanaeliza.

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