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What do you think can be the mission of Ocean Advocates?
PROTECT the Sea and the Oceans. This is what they want to do, no?
This is what exactly PROTECT BLUE does. It's the "sustainability conference that plays outside". No power point, no slide shows, no presentations. Instead we have: surf, swim, hiking, paddle surf, open air workshops, hang out, play, learn and share. This is the perfect habitat for an ocean advocate and passionate.
This is the the "right place" where several experts and passionate meet to share experiences, learn one from each other and create a strong concrete network of people, ideas and organizations.
Everything started in July 2017 where, in Noli (Italy), the 1st meeting took place thanks to Linzi Hawkin, founder of SUPKids, that after a networking event about Surf, had the brilliant idea to create something similar related to the world of Paddle Surf.
Not a conference. A meeting point.
During the Noli Sup Race almost 20 Ocean Advocates have been together for 4 days.
Yeah, me too...and I have to admit that I was a bit lost! I was in front of huge organizations that I was following on social networks and I could meet their leaders. WOW!
After breaking the ice I was more confident and I met amazing people (seriously amazing, not kidding).
Days passed and I couldn't lose the chance to keep in contact with all the great inspiring people that I met. Keep on learning and studying...we have started our SUPKids school in collaboration between GreenRope and Kite Surf Taranto.
Months ago another meeting took place: this time in Bermuda.
Too far, I couldn't manage to go...but...one day here we are: Linzi called me and we started to plan the 3rd meeting, HERE, at home, in South Italy!
I was really stoked and I couldn't believe it.
At the end, we did it!
It has been a great opportunity for me to show to the world how great is our nature and how much we need a great support to preserve one of the main hot spot of biodiversity.
3 days outside, this was the plan! Unfortunatly the weather wasn't so kind with us and we couldn't manage to realize our dolphin watching activity but being outside means to accept what Mother Nature prepare for you and you need to enjoy everything. This has been our spirit and when you have a group of amazing people for sure everything goes great. Being always positive is the key and after some workshop about fund-raising and sea turtles preservation, after paddling in Taranto... the big surprise: a great surf and sup-wave session thanks to some good waves in the Gandoli Bay with our friends of Kite Surf Taranto.
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Good wine and good food were helping the connections and bonding all the participants and more activities took place, like the amazing hiking to reach Rotondella, on Saturday night, while discovering the feeling of "AWE" and on Sunday the PROTECT BLUE Crew could meet the local community of PaddleSurfers thanks to the local event realized by Mario Tagarelli of KiteSurf Taranto, in order to spread out the power of this incredible network.
Here, I could realize my workshop. It was about 2 magic words... like a spell: BLUE MIND!
My mission has been characterized by this feeling since always but I didn't know that there was a scientific explanations about it. I discovered the inspiring work of Wallace J. Nichols and now I feel an ambassador of the Blue Mind.
"You can only protect what you love" is my philosphy and each project or local initiatives that we have realized was about it. I am not an environmentalist that complain about everything. I am a biologist that want to change the way we live now because we are living (and causing) the Anthropocene, the "age of human being", and this means that me, you and all of us have an impact on our Planet and on our future everyday and that's not all. We have a deadline. This deadline is not the time when we are going to die but the day were the resources of our Planet are going to collapse and there is no way back. This is already happening and several populations are starting to feel the effects of the lack of resources and global warming. This situation will create soon a "domino effect" with bad impacts on our social and economical systems worldwid. We need to act now.
So how can we change our way of living? How can I have a big impact on people?
Thanks to LOVE and HAPPINESS. I want to use my knowledge and my passion to make people (adults and kids) fall in love of Mother Nature, showing that beauty is everywhere, making them feeling part and responsible of it.
I work studying cetaceans and I am passionate about sea turtles but I want to be the biologist of the preservation of the sunset and the sunrise. I want to be the biologist of the smile. I want to be the biologist of happiness because Mother Nature and the Big Blue make us feel something unique. The problem is that humans lost their connection with nature. I want to create the reconnection.
PROTECT BLUE is the perfect place, the right place for me to spread out my mission and get inspired. Thanks to Linzi for what we did together and for the call proposing me to realize all this here, thanks to all the amazing people that I met with which we are going to realize together something incredible soon and thanks to all the people that supported me during our event, one in particular, SUPer Mario Tagarelli, with who we share a great friendship, passion and mission!
Stay tuned folks &... don't lose your chance to take part in the future activities of the most active and concrete international network of passionate people that I've ever met!
Have a look at: www.protect.blue
Pictures of: Nicla Marzano