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October Is For Oceans 2021: Celebrate With These Inspiring Movies, Books, Podcasts, and People

'October is for Oceans' is observed every October to create awareness about microfiber pollution and to celebrate our greatest ecosystem. This month is celebrated each year to remind us about the need to protect and safeguard the oceans so that future generations will be able to enjoy swimming in the sea and live a life without microplastic pollution.

As we celebrate October is for Oceans 2021, let's take some time to explore and get inspired by various resources which talk about the importance of the oceans.

Top 5 Ocean Movies

5. Mission Blue

Documentary inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas - Hope Spots.

4. A Plastic Ocean

Ever wondered what happens to all the plastic that we throw away? A Plastic Ocean is a stark look into the truth of our rubbish habits. It's a reminder of just how much the act of improper recycling can create problems for the creatures calling the water their 'home'.

3. The Blue Planet I & II

Award-winning BBC nature documentary series explores the different types of marine habitats. A David Attenborough points out in his opening narration, our planet is a blue planet: over seventy percent of it is covered by the sea. However, most of the ocean environment remains a mystery.

2. My Octopus Teacher

A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.

1. Chasing Coral

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Top 5 Ocean Podcasts

5. Outrage + Optimism

From former UN Chief Christiana Figueres and the team who brought you the Paris Agreement, this podcast about issues and politics will inform you, inspire you and help you realize that this is the most exciting time in history to be alive.

4. How to Save a Planet

How to Save a Planet is a podcast that asks the big questions: what do we need to do to solve the climate crisis, and how do we get it done? Join journalist Alex Blumberg and scientist and policy nerd Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, and figure out how to build the future we want.

3. 'What Planet Are We On?' ...with Liz Bonnin

Offering solutions and practical tips as well as hearing from experts, campaigners, and well-known names. Liz Bonnin and the team explore the impacts of climate change.

2. The Climate Question

Stories on why we find it so hard to save our own planet, and how we might change that.

1. How to Save the Planet

This podcast series by Friends of the Earth brings you inspiring stories from the frontlines of the climate movement, frank discussions, and solutions to play and takes a look at how anyone can have an impact.

Top 5 Ocean Books

5. The World Is Blue (by Sylvia A. Earle)

This fascinating book reveals how just 50 years of swift and dangerous oceanic change threatens the very existence of life on Earth. Legendary marine scientist Sylvia Earle portrays a planet teetering on the brink of an irreversible environmental crisis.

4. Deep (by James Nestor)

In this chronicle of a voyage from the ocean's surface to its darkest trenches. James finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines, and the pioneers who are expanding our definition of what is possible in the natural world, and in ourselves.

3. Song for the Blue Ocean (by Carl Safina)

Scientist and fisherman Carl Safina takes readers on a global journey of discovery, probing for the truth about the world's changing seas, deftly weaving adventure, science, and political analysis.

2. Beneath the Surface (by John Hargrove, Howard Chua-Eoan)

Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales and at two of SeaWorld's U.S. facilities. For Hargrove, becoming an orca trainer fulfilled a childhood dream. He writes about the life of orcas in the wild, contrasting their freedom in the ocean with their lives in SeaWorld.

1. The Sea Around Us (by Rachel Carson)

Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best-seller list.

Top 5 Ocean Activists

5. Alanna Mnich (@ocean.alanna)

Alanna is an inspiring marine scientist who is researching endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna and a Ph.D. candidate.

4. Emily Stevenson (@emilystevensonbg)

Emily Stevenson is a co-founder of Beach Guardian and a marine biologist whose efforts have been recognized by BBC and awarded The Diana Award.

3. Kendra Nelson (@intertidalkendy)

Kendra is an inspiring conservationist and marine biologist. She is an ambassador for PNW Protectors, an NGO focused on Southern Resident killer whale conservation, and much more.

2. Kristy Drutman (@browngirl_green)

Kristy is an American environmentalist, media host, speaker, activist, and digital media strategist. She is passionate about working at the intersections between media, diversity, and environmentalism.

1. Pattie Gonia (@pattiegonia)

Pattie Gonia is a queer environmentalist who is building a community for queer people, allies, and our planet. "If we can fall in love with nature more, we're going to be even more equipped to fight for it and to advocate for it." - Pattie Gonia for Vogue, June 5, 2021


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Masa Sprajcar-Rancic
Masa Sprajcar-Rancic
Masa spends a significant chunk of time on empowering people to live more sustainably by merging her knowledge of environmental sciences with behaviour change insights. When not at work she loves spending time outdoors, so you’ll most likely find her on her bike or at her allotment.

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