Thursday, April 15, 2010

Oceans In Peril: Catalysing International Collaboration

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Session Description

The oceans produce more than seventy percent of our oxygen, dominate the world’s weather system, and support the livelihoods of 500 million people worldwide. Yet today they are in great peril – overfished, polluted, and damaged by the absorption of ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide. What must be done if we are to reverse the destruction of this vital resource? Join in this interactive, solution-oriented discussion with some of the world’s leading activists, academics and social entrepreneurs working at the intersection of this critical issue.


When | Where

14:00 - 15:30 Thursday, April 15

Session leaders

  • Callum Roberts Speaker
    Professor, University of York
    Callum Roberts is professor of marine conservation at the University of York in England. His research focuses on threats to marine ecosystems and species, and on finding the means to protect them. His latest book, The Unnatural History of the Sea, charts the effects of 1000 years of exploitation on ocean life.
  • Jake Eberts Speaker
    Independent Producer,
    In a career spanning more than three decades, Jake Eberts had financed, produced, or executive produced over fifty films. These films had been nominated for 65 Academy Awards, including eight for Best Picture. Sadly he passed away in 2012 due to cancer.
  • Jon Bowermaster Speaker
    Writer & Filmmaker, Oceans 8 Films
    Jon Bowermaster is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and film-maker. His recently concluded OCEANS 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak on expeditions ranging from the Aleutian Islands to Vietnam, French Polynesia to Chile/Argentina/Bolivia, Gabon to Croatia and Tasmania to Antarctica. Seeing the world from the seat of a sea kayak has given Bowermaster a one-of-a-kind look at both the health of the planet’s ocean and the lives of people who depend on them.
  • Rupert Howes Speaker
    Rupert Howes has served as Chief Executive of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) since October 2004. He oversees the organization to ensure that it achieves its mission to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by recognizing and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood, and working with conservation and industry partners to make the global seafood market environmentally sustainable. Prior to joining the MSC, Rupert worked as the Director of the Sustainable Economy Programme at the Forum for the Future, an influential UK-based sustainable development organization that partners with business, capital markets, governments, and others to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable way of life. Rupert previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University, and a Research Officer at the International Institute for Environment and Development. Rupert has been internationally recognized for his work to promote sustainable fishing practices. In 2014, Rupert was awarded a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award, which recognizes leaders in sustainable social innovation. In 2009, he received the World Wildlife Foundation’s “Leaders for a Living Planet” Award, which recognizes individuals who make a significant personal contribution to the conservation of the natural world and sustainable development. He also received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2007 for his contributions in establishing the MSC as the world’s leading fishery certification and ecolabelling program. Rupert earned an M.Sc. in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, and a B.A. in Economics (with honors) from Sussex University. He also qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.