Celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th with a screening of Planet Ocean!

  • Published on Jun 06 2013 |
  • This article is tagged as: marine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- June 6, 2013

Vancouver, BC- In celebration of World Oceans Day, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society BC Chapter is offering a free screening of the highly celebrated film, Planet Ocean at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 8th.

Planet Ocean, the latest film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, takes viewers on a magnificent and unprecedented journey into the heart of the least known regions of our planet. Boasting the longest coastline in the world, Canada is home to many of our planet’s underwater treasures. BC’s coastal waters are hosts to hundred year-old rockfish, playful sea otters, 9,000 year-old glass sponge reefs that were thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs, and volcanic seamounts that are a colourful explosion of deep-water corals and fish.

“Canada’s oceans are truly incredibly, but they are facing serious problems due to overfishing, pollution and climate change”, says Sabine Jessen, Oceans Program Director for CPAWS, “Despite these threats, less than 1% of Canada’s oceans are protected.”

“The gains from protecting our oceans are significant for our environment, our economy and our communities. We simply can’t afford to continue being world laggards in marine conservation – for our own sake and that of our children,” adds Jessen.

What better way to raise public awareness than with a free screening of a film that not only portrays oceans in all their splendour, but also shows their complexity and vulnerability?

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For More Information:

Jackie Peat, Development and Communications Coordinator

jackie@cpawsbc.org

Tel: 604 685-7445 ext. 33

CPAWS is Canada’s voice for wilderness and actively promotes the establishment of marine protected areas in Canada. Since 1963 we’ve led in creating over two-thirds of Canada’s protected areas. Our vision is that Canada will protect at least half of our public land and water. As a national charity CPAWS works collaboratively with governments, local communities, industry and indigenous peoples to protect our country’s amazing natural places.