Roger Payne developing a benign research tool in Antarctica – the penguin suit
As your year-end thoughts reflect on the past and the future, I would like you to know that Ocean Alliance had a remarkable year. (I encourage you to go to our website and see the diversity of postings). I believe in the power of a small group of passionate individuals — a point Margret Mead made famous by saying… (but you know what she said).
This year we worked with half-a-dozen partners around the world, collected data, conducted data analyses and published papers. Ten scientific presentations at the recent biennial meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy featured our work. Based on our data CEO Iain Kerr addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations about giving ocean conservation priority in the Paris climate talks agenda (COP-21). Our Kickstarter campaign supporting SnotBot was a big success. Not only in creating an innovative research tool, it also showed the effectiveness of large numbers of people giving small contributions.
But… I urge you to consider how even more effective it might be if smaller numbers of people gave slightly larger contributions to Ocean Alliance as year-end gifts. I am hoping you are one of that small number who will help us promote healthy oceans to benefit humanity and ocean life.
– Roger Payne
Dr. Roger Payne is the Founder and President of Ocean Alliance.