noun - An ocean hero 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, speeches, films, books, and leadership.
Their activities serve to bring attention or financial support to, or actually improve the health of the oceans due to over fishing or over exploitation of marine life, pollution, dumping of contaminants, 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.
Examples of Ocean Heroes
Renowned ocean heroes 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.
For Ocean Heroes like Lewis Pugh, advocating and 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
Middle English occean, from Old French, from Latin ceanus, from Greek keanos, the god Oceanus, a great river encircling the earth + Earlier heroe, back-formation from heroes, heroes, from Latin hrs, pl. of hrs, from Greek; see ser-1 in Indo-European roots.