One Octopus Thing: This Sweet Documentary Will Steal Your Heart

We may not be able to enjoy movies in the theater right now, but there is no shortage of great nature documentaries to enjoy from the comfort of your home.  One you may not have heard about is called “My Octopus Teacher” — it is the story of filmmaker Craig Foster who was suffering from career burn out and snorkels as a release.  He befriends an octopus in the kelp forest near his home in Cape Town, and remarkably, the fascination was mutual.  The story is beautiful and strange — just like his octopus friend — but it is hard to watch it and NOT feel more connected to the natural world.

And later this week, don’t miss the latest National Geographic Society film called “The Last Ice” — this one about life in the Arctic and how it is changing forever.  Stay tuned for more on that one later this week!

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Portraits of Change: Climate Change Is Challenging Fishing in the U.S.

This week, we have featured this series of videos by the Environmental Defense Fund about the impacts climate change is having on the ocean as observed by the people who live and work there — fishermen and women. Their stories have been compelling and provided a sense of the ways that climate change is harming and shifting global fish stocks. 

Why This Matters:  On Tuesday, pursuant to President Biden’s climate executive order, NOAA announced: “an agency-wide effort to gather initial public input” on “how to make fisheries, including aquaculture, and protected resources more resilient to climate change.

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Portraits of Change: Women In Fishing Working For Sustainability

It’s not just men in the fishing sector who are impacted by climate change, overfishing, and COVID-19 — women are too.  Women like Alexia Jaurez of Sonora, Mexico, who is featured in this Environmental Defense Fund video, do the important work of monitoring the catch and the price, and most importantly determining how many more […]

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A Florida Seagrass Success Story — For Now

A Florida Seagrass Success Story — For Now

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last summer, Florida created its first aquatic preserve in over 30 years. The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve protects about 400,000 acres of seagrass just north of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf coast.  These are part of the Gulf of Mexico’s largest seagrass bed and borders other existing preserves, creating a […]

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