A Specular Week of Film (and Ocean!) Appreciation Concludes at the Blue Ocean Film Festival

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A remarkable spirit of cooperation and mutual support pervaded the Blue Ocean Film Festival this year as the tightly-knit ocean community came together and shared not only films, but visions for more ambitious ocean conservation in the future. Support of marine sanctuaries was omnipresent among the gathered filmmakers, explorers, politicians and other notables. The festival, which takes place annually in St. Petersburg Florida, is much more than a world-class film festival: it is an epicenter of the ocean conservation dialogue that grows in strength with each succeeding year. Let’s take a look back at a few memorable moments from the week.

A lovely friendship grew between Mission Blue founder Dr. Sylvia Earle and former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed. Dr. Earle even honored Mr. Nasheed with the Mission Blue Rolex award for his distinguished work advocating for carbon abatement in the face of sea level rise that especially threatens very low-lying nations like the Maldives. As president, Mr. Nasheed had promised to make the island nation entirely carbon-free within a decade through wind and solar energy. Unfortunately, Mr. Nasheed was thrown from power in a coup in 2010 before he could realize that dream.

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