What: The Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography will host a public forum highlighting Shifting Baselines, a unique partnership of scientists, environmental groups, and Hollywood, dedicated to increasing public awareness about the deteriorating state of the world's oceans. The Shifting Baselines project was launched to communicate to the broad public a clear description of the decline of the world's oceans. The event, which also will include the official opening of the Shifting Baselines display at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, will address the science underlying the question: "Are we forgetting how our oceans used to look?"
Who: The event's featured speaker is Scripps Professor Jeremy Jackson, a distinguished marine ecologist and founding member of the Shifting Baselines project. Jackson recently led a landmark scientific study on marine ecosystem collapse that garnered worldwide attention. He has spent more than three decades studying coral reefs in the Caribbean and is now actively communicating the threats they face.
When: Wednesday, June 4, 6-9 p.m.
The evening includes a reception and display viewing, followed by a presentation by Jeremy Jackson and a public forum that will include a roundtable discussion with panelists from a variety of backgrounds, including science, ocean conservancy, government, and entertainment.
Where: The Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, Calif.
Why: The Shifting Baselines public forum is being coordinated in conjunction with the national release of the Pew Oceans Commission report outlining major policy recommendations for the governance of the oceans. It is the first comprehensive review of U.S. ocean policy since 1969.
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps invites you to cover this important event.
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NOTE: The public is invited to participate in the event. Suggested donation is $10. Seats are limited.
Call 858/534-5873 for more information. (Information for members of the media: 858/534-3624).
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates oceanographic research vessels recognized worldwide for their outstanding capabilities. Equipped with innovative instruments for ocean exploration, these ships constitute mobile laboratories and observatories that serve students and researchers from institutions throughout the world. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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