[SERIES] Turning the Tides: Change Makers in Ocean Science (Speaker: Mo Phung - Ocean Bridge 2018 Alum)

Aug 12, 2020  20:30 - 22:00

(GMT -4:00) Atlantic Time

Event URL:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turning-the-tides-equity-justice-and-the-oceans-tickets-114758068472
Hosted by: The Whale Camp

August 12th: Equity, Justice, and The Oceans

On Wednesday, activist and photographer Mo Phùng (she/her) discusses equity, justice, and the oceans and shows how they are so intricately intertwined. Today, it is clear that blue spaces are not accessible to everyone. We dream of a world with diverse and equal representation in marine work and play but we still have a long way to go. As a co-founder of Oceans Week Halifax and the Community Specialist for Ocean Bridge at Ocean Wise, Mo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in connecting people with the ocean.

Mo is a second-generation immigrant and settler who was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. She is a community advocate, local photographer and ocean activist based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). Her personal and creative work processes extend into documentary portraiture, visual art, underwater realms and dreamscapes. She is currently working on projects connecting her practices with the complexities of gender identities and existences within the Asian diaspora.

Mo’s work collectively prioritizes and supports those working in QTBIPOC activism, Climate Justice, Anti-Racism, Environmental Racism and 2SLGBTQIA+ Rights and Awareness.

Pay what you can! Proceeds will go towards Mo and her chosen organization, Future Ancestors. Future Ancestors Services Inc. is a Black and Indigenous-owned, youth-led professional services social enterprise that advances climate justice and equity with a lens of ancestral accountability.

Click here to learn more about Future Ancestors!

Link will be emailed out after tickets are purchased and the recording will be available for those who cannot join live (with donation). SEA you there!

Our weekly summer discussion series will run from July 29 until the end of August.

Question, discuss, wonder. At The Whale Camp, our focus is on ocean sciences and marine ecology, of course, but also on human connection to nature and to one another.

Through this series, we aim to discuss diversity, inclusion, and community engagement in ocean science and to offer new perspectives from a variety of researchers, conservationists, and ocean lovers. What does an ocean scientist do? What are some of the challenges and barriers faced by those in our global ocean science community? How are social and environmental issues linked? Attend one or all of our discussions to answer these questions and learn about some of the amazing things happening in marine science right now.

Core themes:

  • Diversity: Challenges and barriers faced, success stories, and what we can do to address diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion in ocean science
  • Getting involved: Engaging others and effecting change in our own communities
  • Hope! Instilling curiosity and optimism for the future of our oceans



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