Monaco to Host an Ecosystem of Ocean All-Stars at BLUE 2015 Prior to COP 21
October 26, 2015
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit is coming up in Monaco November 7-9, and Mission Blue founder Dr. Sylvia Earle will be a keynote speaker!
Founded in 2009, BLUE has become internationally renowned for its unique ability to inspire public passion for ocean conservation and spark important discussions among world leaders in ocean science, conservation and exploration. It has since become a major international platform for professional development among industry leaders, students, artists, and marine enthusiasts. Advanced ocean technologies are showcased in concert with inspiring films, celebrity appearances, and an amazing and diverse collection of other related venues. Monaco became the second home of BLUE in 2013 when a strategic partnership was announced with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the oceanographic Museum of Monaco. BLUE takes place in Monaco every other year, alternating with St. Petersburg, Florida. In his closing remarks at BLUE 2013, HSH Prince Albert II emphasized both the need to shift global consciousness and the power of BLUE to help do this. “This event uses the power of film, photography, entertainment and science to educate, empower and inspire ocean stewardship around the globe,” He said. “To awaken consciousness toward environmental protection more effectively, our best weapons are those that win over our hearts and minds.”
While BLUE 2015 will focus on global ocean issues, including the ocean’s role in climate change, international attention will be drawn to Monaco’s commitment to environmental sustainability and ocean conservation as ocean leaders and filmmakers convene on its shores three weeks prior to COP21 in Paris November 30 – December 11 to put forward solutions. BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit BLUE is an international non-profit organization that uses the power of film, visual arts, entertainment, and science to inspire ocean stewardship around the world. The annual Festival has become the premier watering hole for scientist, filmmakers, explorers, artists, government leaders, celebrities and ocean enterprises, providing a springboard for individual empowerment and policy action to help save Earth’s blue life support system, the 71% percent of the planet’s surface that is ocean. Its traveling BLUE On Tour has presented educational outreach events to thousands of people in China, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and through partnership with the United Nations. BLUE Media In 2014, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival, held in St. Petersburg, Florida, received national and international media coverage before, during and after the Festival. Through print, radio, television and online outlets BLUE 2014 hosted over 100+ members of the press from outlets worldwide, receiving 493 million media impressions and generating 8,216 editorial articles. Partnerships with BLUE Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation In June 2006, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco decided to establish his Foundation to address our planet’s alarming environmental situation. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale. The Foundation supports initiatives of public and private organizations, in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially-aware practices. The Foundation supports projects in three main geographical zones : the Mediterranean basin, Polars régions, and least developed countries. The Foundation focuses its efforts on three main areas : climat change and renewable énergies, biodiversity, and manage water resources and combat desertification. See more at: www.fpa2.com Oceanographic Museum of Monaco Built on the side of the mythical Rock of Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum has been watching over the oceans for over a century. Founded by the Prince Albert I, great grandfather of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, it was designed as a Palace entirely dedicated to Art and Science. Since its inauguration on 29 March 1910 and with more than 6,000 m2 open to the public, this Temple of the Sea has positioned itself as an international point of reference. From the aquariums to the collections of Natural History, including the Shark Lagoon and the Turtle’s Island situated on the panoramic terrace, the Museum offers to visitors a unique learning experience to know, love and protect the oceans. He hosts for the second time the BLUE Ocean Film Festival in 2015. Learn more at : www.oceano.mc Monaco – The home of 2015 BLUE Ocean Film Festival The Principality of Monaco is the host of BLUE 2015. A favorite destination, The New York Times named Monaco a top global place to visit in 2014. The nation has one of the highest concentrations of marine science in the world. The Principality is also a champion in sustainability, with environmental statutes protecting twenty percent of the nation’s land area, and two protected marine areas. Learn more about Monaco at Visit Monaco, www.visitmonaco.com. More information For more information about attendance, media coverage or sponsorships, visit http://www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org For media credentials information, visit http://www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org/contact/media-credentials/ Contacts : BLUE Ocean Film Festival Headquarters, St. Petersburg, Florida email@example.com Tel: +1 727 388 6682 (USA) BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Monaco: Casmira Verkade firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 00 377 93 50 76 40 (Monaco) Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Isabelle Peters email@example.com Oceanographic Museum of Monaco Laetitia Pierrat firstname.lastname@example.org