Ocean Advocates Saving the Sea in Washington
May 21, 2015
Hosted by Rob Moir
David Helvarg, founder and Executive Director of Blue Frontier, spoke with Rob about what is happening in Washington and about his latest book: Saved by the Sea, Hope, Heartbreak, and Wonder in the Blue World. The Blue Vision Summit 5 was held in Washington DC with Peter Benchley Ocean Awards for excellence in stewardship, science, policy, marine exploration and youth activism. More than 200 ocean conservation advocates met with 163 legislators on the Hill. Rob talks of his New England delegation meeting with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, as well as staff members of 7 other NE legislators. Issues of concern included support of the Illegal International Unregulated, Unreported Fishing Bill; opposition to Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans; Bristol Bay Alaska fishermen and tribal groups’ effort to stop a 4 mile in diameter copper pit mine called Pebble Mine; and a Climate Change Education Bill involving families and adult decision-makers.
Moir’s Environmental Dialogues
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With the knowledge of Carson and the courage of Achilles, individuals are steadfastly going the distance to defend wildlife and ecosystems from assaults of environmental degradations and destructions. Join environmental studies scientist Dr. Rob Moir for lively dialogue and revealing narrative inquiry into how individuals are overcoming the obstacles turning forlorn hope into effective actions for oceans, rivers, watersheds, wildlife and ecosystems. Discover how listening to individuals, thinking locally, and acting in concert with other, you can act to save ecosystems. Got environmental stewardship? Become an Eco-steward. Act to bring about a greener and blue Planet Earth.
Rob Moir is director and founder of the Ocean River Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Moir, an educator and scientist, has been a leader of citizen science and efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor, as founder of Salem Sound Harbor Monitors & Salem Sound 2000, later president of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and through his appointment by the Secretary of Interior to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. He was formerly Curator of Natural History at the Peabody Essex Museum, Curator of Education at the New England Aquarium and Executive Director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA. Dr. Moir was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship from the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation, and the James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education by the National Marine Educators Association, which he later served as president. He was Sea Education Association’s first assistant scientist to work consecutive voyages of the R.V. Westward in 1979 and 1980, an advancement officer for his alma mater, Hampshire College and serves today on the boards of his alma mater, Cambridge School of Weston, Ocean Champions, and the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. Dr. Moir has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and a Masters of Science and Teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH and certificate of studies from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.