Oceans 2016 Program
Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th
Conference Home Speakers Program
Program times are Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
As of October 24th the program is just about finished but still subject to some change based on speaker schedules. We hope that you are as excited about this conference as we are!
Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
6:00 – Our Oceans, Our Selves
Adam Sacks, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
The earth is a system and humans are currently a keystone species within it. If we disappear, there will be other keystone species and the world will be different, but while we’re here we can make an extraordinary positive difference in how the system behaves. Let’s continue to figure it out.
6:30 – Secret Seas – A Story of Ocean Wonder Hidden beneath the Surface
Randi Rotjan, Boston University, New England Aquarium
In a time of growing environmental concern and crisis, it’s easy to forget that there are still places of spectacular beauty and wonder. Here, we will take a brief tour of the current state of the oceans, with a focus and emphasis on places that are thriving and offer perspective and hope.
7:00 – An End to Floods, Droughts and Other Aqueous Misdirections
Judy Schwartz, Author of Water in Plain Sight and Cows Save the Planet
In a healthy ecosystem, when water falls on land it stays in the neighborhood for a long time. It’s performing essential tasks on behalf of living things before finally making its way to the ocean. Because of ways humans have managed land since the beginning of agriculture, especially since the industrial revolution, water now lands on packed and ruined soils, rushing to the seas, leaving floods and droughts in its wake. Judy explains how we can manage the water cycle very differently, with broad benefits to biodiversity and a livable planet.