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TO COINCIDE WITH THE VISIT OF INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED OCEANOGRAPHER DR. SYLVIA EARLE TO LAUNCH KNYSNA AS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED HOPE SPOT:

A GUINNESS BOOK WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT WILL BE MADE TO CREATE THE LARGEST UNDERWATER SCULPTURE OF THE ICONIC KNYSNA SEAHORSE RECORD ATTEMPT NUMBER 464262

What is a Hope Spot and Why Raise Awareness

Hope Spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean — Earth’s blue heart. Some of these Hope Spots are already formally protected, while others still need defined protection. About 12 % of the land around the world is now under some form of protection (as national parks, world heritage sites, monuments, etc.), while less than three percent of the ocean is protected in any way. Mission Blue is committed to changing this. Networks of marine protected areas maintain healthy biodiversity, provide a carbon sink, generate life-giving oxygen, preserve critical habitat and allow low-impact activities like ecotourism to thrive. They are good for the ocean, which means they are good for us. We are often asked, “How much protection is enough?” We can only answer with another question: How much of your heart is worth protecting?

Hope Spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean — Earth’s blue heart. Some of these Hope Spots are already formally protected, while others still need defined protection. About 12 % of the land around the world is now under some form of protection (as national parks, world heritage sites, monuments, etc.), while less than three percent of the ocean is protected in any way. Mission Blue is committed to changing this. Networks of marine protected areas maintain healthy biodiversity, provide a carbon sink, generate life-giving oxygen, preserve critical habitat and allow low-impact activities like ecotourism to thrive. They are good for the ocean, which means they are good for us. We are often asked, “How much protection is enough?” We can only answer with another question: How much of your heart is worth protecting?

Knysna has been Identified as One of first FIVE Hope Spots identified for South Africa

Dr Tony Ribbink, CEO of the Sustainable Seas Trust, the organization facilitating the roll-out of Hope Spots in South Africa, emphasized the fact that Knysna may well be the only international Hope Spot focused around an estuary. Quoting Dr Sylvia Earle, the architect of the Hope Spot initiative and founder of the Mission Blue organization, Dr Ribbink added that even a person in Johannesburg needs to realize that “with every breath you take you are connected to the ocean” and to realize that the “future is in our hands and that establishing a Hope Spot is an opportunity to harness the power of people in this sweet spot in time”.

Dr. Sylvia Earle

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called "Her Deepness" by the New Yorker and the New York Times, "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and first "Hero for the Planet" by Time magazine, is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer. She has experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations, including the Kerr McGee Corporation, Dresser Industries, Oryx Energy, the Aspen Institute, the Conservation Fund, American Rivers, Mote Marine Laboratory, Duke University Marine Laboratory, Rutgers Institute for Marine Science, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Ocean Futures. Formerly chief scientist of NOAA, Earle is the founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, and chair of the Advisory Councils of the Harte Research Institute and the Ocean in Google Earth. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, and 22 honorary degrees. She has authored more than 190 scientific, technical, and popular publications; lectured in more than 80 countries; and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions.

An APPEAL for your Involvement?

  • 1. A recreational user of our world famous Knysna Estuary?
  • 2. A property owner / B&B or Guest House near or close to the Knysna Estuary?
  • 3. A business concern or estate agent selling property near or close to the Knysna Estuary?
  • 4. A willing volunteer?

We require:
Funds to cover the expense of breaking a world record in Knysna
Funds to cover the launch and a range of activities planned for the 7th December 2014 to bus school children to the venue / cater for their activities and lunch / the hiring of related equipment.

PLEASE CONTACT

Vernon Gibbs-Halls / Tel: 072 670 5108 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All benefactors will receive acknowledgement in printed materials / media coverage