"Our Living Oceans" Brings Ocean Conservation into the Home

The new EarthxTV original series sets off with a deep dive into the 10-year global expedition that mapped one-fifth of the world’s coral reefs
Sep 2, 2021 9:30 AM ET
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EarthxTV presents a new original series, airing on September 6th that reveals the hidden life within our oceans. In partnership with the Khaled bin Sultan Oceans Foundation (KSLOF), Our Living Oceans engages scientists, conservationists, and local leaders from around the world who are working to preserve, protect and restore ocean health. Episodes feature HRH Princess Hala bint Khaled bin Sultan, National Geographic explorer-in-residence Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Ved Chirayath of the NASA Ames Research Center and many more at the front line of ocean research, education and outreach.

Diving into a 10-year expedition | Deep-sea submersible pilot and 2013 National Geographic Young Explorer Erika Bergman hosts Our Living Oceans. In the premiere episode, Bergman leads viewers to the beginnings of the 10-year Global Reef Expedition that assessed the health and resiliency of one-fifth of the world’s coral reefs.

Our Living Oceans tells the story of how the ocean has been affected by climate change and the rapid increase of the world’s population over the last fifty years.  With amazing ocean footage, the series uncovers what we can do to correct our current course.  Dr. Earle explains the crisis state that exists with the coral reefs,  “Since the 1970’s, half of the coral reefs on earth have been lost or are in serious decline.”   The health of the coral reefs directly affects humanity as it provides food, income, and protection from storms.

The second episode of the series airs on September 20th.  “Reefs and Mapping,” takes a closer look into coral reef research. Bergman speaks with the scientists that created the largest collection of high-resolution coral reef maps, asking the question “Can these maps help identify which reefs have a chance of surviving?”

Find inspiration from the best in ocean conservation | Our Living Oceans will follow the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation and their partners on the Global Reef Expedition, in addition to others on the cutting edge of ocean research and advocacy.

Princess Hala, a director on the board of the KSLOF since 2016, and others — marine scientists, educators and communicators — from the Foundation will share their expertise and experience during the course of the series. Among the contributors is the Foundation’s Director of Science Management, Alex Dempsey, who has been lead benthic scientist in all of the Global Reef Expedition missions.

Marine Ecologist, Renée Carlton; Director of Communications, Liz Thompson; and Director of Education, Amy Heemsoth, will also speak to the Foundation’s work supporting global coral reefs from their unique standpoints.

Alongside experts from the KSLOF, Our Living Oceans will feature Dr. Ved Chirayath, whose work at the NASA Ames Research Center has helped advance remote sensing and mapping of coral reefs; Sylvia Earle, who was the first female chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Angelo Villagomez, an Indigenous Chamorro from the Mariana Islands whose work with the Blue Nature Alliance showcases community support for large marine protected areas; and Ben Halpern, whose research lies at the interface of marine ecology and conservation planning.

Tune into Our Living Oceans at EarthxTV on Mondays 8/7c or catch the show on the EarthxTV app, Roku, Apple TV, Google TV or Amazon Fire TV.

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Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is a US-based nonprofit environmental organization that protects and restores the world’s oceans through scientific research, outreach, and education. As part of its commitment to Science Without Borders®, the Living Oceans Foundation provides data and information to organizations, governments, scientists, and local communities so that they can use the latest science to work toward sustainable ocean protection.

www.livingoceansfoundation.org