Twenty Feet Underwater at Historic Panel, OceanShot Announces Major Plans for 2024, Including New 'Blue Lab' and Reef Expansion
Announced during first underwater panel at Global Citizen Forum featuring OceanShot, PADI and the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda; discuss urgent need for ocean action
RAS AL KHAIMAH, UAE, Dec. 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, OceanShot, an innovative coral ecosystem restoration project, proudly announced the next phase of its scaled expansion during a first-of-its-kind underwater panel at the Global Citizen Forum. The novel meeting joined OceanShot's founders and partners, diving deep under the surface to raise awareness and encourage action around the dire state of our oceans and the critical importance of coral reefs.
Taking the conversation underwater for the first time in history, OceanShot co-founders, climate scientist Dr. Deborah Brosnan and global philanthropist, environmentalist and entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria, brought together PADI CEO and President Dr. Drew Richardson, the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda Gaston Browne, and the Global Citizen Forum founder Armand Arton, for a groundbreaking session. Emphasizing the need for cross-sector collaboration across tech, government, science, and entrepreneurs, the forum ultimately announced OceanShot's next coral reef deployment and plans to break ground on the OceanShot Lab in Antigua. Watch the full panel here.
"Talking about the importance of our oceans, in the ocean, is unique, and it brings home our powerful connection to the sea," Dr. Brosnan said. "It's quite simple: no oceans, no us is a fact. The sea provides 50% of the planet's oxygen and has absorbed 90% of the excess heat from climate change. If we protect nature, she protects us – and our reefs show that so well."
"With 8 billion people on the industrialized planet now, the future of the world's ocean has never been more dependent on our decisions and actions to prioritize ocean life support – as humanity and ocean are both vulnerable and both codependent," says Dr. Richardson, one of the most influential people in scuba diving who has transformed PADI's mission to create a billion Ocean Torchbearers™. "By partnering with leaders from OceanShot, Global Citizen Forum and Antigua & Barbuda, we are committing to inspiring more innovative and positive solutions for the health of coral reefs, the ocean and our joint futures on this shared blue planet."
"The ocean belongs to all of us, and together we've got to do right by it." said John Paul DeJoria. "We have the opportunity now to show the world that real solutions exist – and we're thrilled to be entering the next phase of OceanShot to continue restoring healthy coral reefs."
OCEANSHOT'S EVOLUTION TO IMPLEMENTABLE, SCALABLE SOLUTIONS
The solutions provided by Ocean Shot were designed to be transferable, scalable, and deployed to other nations – and now, the project is expanding further into Antiua and the United States:
"We are not only working to restore corals, but to create a fully functioning reef ecosystem that has the ability to mitigate climate change, sea level rise, storm surge and keep sand on the beaches," said Dr. Brosnan. Adding, "OceanShot can now be deployed globally, to help governments prioritize ocean resilience and blue economy industries like fishing and tourism, as well as restore biodiversity."
The first phase of OceanShot was the deployment of 5 Built Reef Modules off Barbuda in October 2022, and several others are in the design process and will be deployed in the coming year. In October 2022, John Paul DeJoria, Dr. Deborah Brosnan and the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda announced the development of an OceanShot Center and Innovation Lab to be built on Barbuda. The program is managed by Deborah Brosnan & Associates. For more information, visit https://www.deborahbrosnan.com/oceanshot.html
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