Ocean defender

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noun - An ocean defender is an individual who works in myriad ways to represent and speak for the oceans to encourage, enable and inspire personal, corporate or political action to protect or preserve our oceans and natural waters through actions (e.g., hosting seminars, conducting events, using less plastic, raising money through charity swims or marathon swims, conducting educational programs about coral reef degradation, organizing beach clean-ups), speeches, films, books, and leadership.

Their activities serve to bring attention or financial support to, or actually improve the health of the oceans and its ecosystems due to over fishing or over exploitation of marine life, pollution, dumping of contaminants, plasticity, climate change, shark finning, and man-generated erosion to the oceanic ecosystem. These individuals are dedicated to public education, ecological awareness, conservation, and improvement of the world's oceans.

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Examples of Ocean Defenders

Well-known ocean defenders who are also open water swimmers include Lewis Pugh, Doug Woodring, Marcos Diaz, Bruckner Chase, and Alexandra Paul.

Renowned ocean defenders include Wallace J. Nichols, Ransom Aldrich "Ram" Myers, Jr., Carl Safina, David Helvarg, Sylvia Earle (who famously advocated for society to start thinking blue as well as green), Charles William Beebe, Ted Danson, David Rockefeller, Jr., the Cousteau Family, Archie Fairly Carr, Jr., Ed Ricketts, Paul Watson, Eddie Vedder, and John Halas.

Process

For ocean defenders and ocean advocates like Lewis Pugh, implementing meaningful change is a long process involving the following steps:

1. Identifying the issue
2. Drawing attention to it - speeches, film, social media
3. Working out the solution
4. Meeting politicians and business leaders to force a political or economic solution
5. Calling for legislation and getting it through the legislative process
6. Ensuring it is adhered to

Synonym

ocean hero, ocean advocate, ocean heroine, ocean activist, marine activist

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