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UN x PARLEY, GENERAL ASSEMBLY


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“This isn’t one group’s responsibility, and no one group has the ability to do this alone. This is all of us together.”

John Warner

 
 

On June 29, 2015, a Parley Talks session and launch event under the title “Oceans. Climate. Life.” was held at the United Nations in New York, on the occasion of the High-Level Meeting on Climate Change convened by the President of the General Assembly. The launch event aimed to raise awareness of critical conversations leading up to COP21 in Paris, where the international community is expected to deliver a new, ambitious and universally binding agreement to protect present and future generations from the negative impacts of human activity on the planet — and on the oceans. The evening also celebrated the formation of new

alliances and collaborations to make peace between humankind and its greatest life support system. “Oceans. Climate. Life.” united notable guests from the worlds of fashion, art, entertainment, science and environmentalism, and featured exclusive artwork by Julian Schnabel. Following a Blue Carpet reception, a compact series of Parley Talks presented by Fabien Cousteau took place in the General Assembly Hall, where leading environmentalists, creatives, scientists and entrepreneurs gave a briefing on the state of the oceans, climate change and the power and necessity of collaborating to build and enact solutions.


FABIEN COUSTEAU / HOST

Third-generation aquanaut, explorer, conservationist and documentary filmmaker Fabien Cousteau is the founder and CEO of Plant a Fish, a nonprofit dedicated to marine restoration through active community engagement. He is currently working on a feature film and book, as well as establishing the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center.

CYRILL GUTSCH

Cyrill is an award winning designer, brand and product developer. In 2012 he decided to focus on a new client: The Oceans. He then founded Parley as a collaboration space for creators, leaders and thinkers to create awareness for the beauty and fragility of the Oceans and to start and manage collaborations that can end their destruction.

CAPTAIN PAUL WATSON

Paul co-founded Greenpeace with Robert Hunter, founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation society in 1977, and has been an activist for over 40 years. His work is recognized and supported by the best minds and feared by his opponents. He joined the conference live via Skype from aboard one of his ships on the sea.

LOUIE PSIHOYOS

Louie Psihoyos is Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society and Director of the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove. He has been widely regarded as one of the top photographers in the world. He was hired directly out of college to shoot for National Geographic and created images for the magazine for 18 years.

SYLVIA EARLE

Sylvia A. Earle, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Author of more than 200 publications, Sylvia has lead countless expeditions with 7000+ hours underwater. Her research focuses on conservation of marine ecosystems. 

DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD

Adventurer, ecologist, author, documentarian and environmentalist, David may be best known for launching Plastiki, a boat made from 12,000 reclaimed plastic bottles, that sailed from San Francisco, CA to Sydney, Australia, in order to raise awareness for the effects of global warming and plastic pollution in our oceans.

IAIN KERR

Dr. Iain Kerr is the CEO of the Ocean Alliance, an organization recognized as an international leader in whale research and ocean conservation since its founding by renowned scientist Dr. Roger Payne in 1970. Ocean Alliance programs include the Voyage’s of the Odyssey and the Patagonia Right Whale Program.

ORA ITO

Award-winning iconoclastic artist and designer Ora ïto rose to international acclaim by hijacking in 3D the products of the world’s most emblematic and influential brands. Today, his name is a brand of design in and of itself. In 2014, the decorated artist was presented with six Red Dot Design awards and three IF Design awards. 

CHRIS JORDAN

Chris is an acclaimed photographic artist and cultural activist based in Seattle. His work explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives, connecting the viewer viscerally to the enormity and power of humanity’s collective unconscious. His images have been exhibited around the world. 

ERIC LIEDTKE

During his 20-year career with adidas, Eric has played a pivotal role in upholding and continuously elevating the high product and sustainability standards that set the multinational corporation apart. He is Executive Board Member responsible for the multinational corporation’s Global Brands (adidas and Reebok).

JOHN WARNER

John has published over 200 patents, papers and books. His recent work in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products, solar energy and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. 

CAPTAIN SID CHAKRAVARTY

After having spent a decade of his life on commercial tankers, Sid decided to wed knowledge and experience with passion. He joined Sea Shepherd Conservation society in 2011 and has been on a leader on the frontlines of marine conservation ever since, displaying a tireless dedication to the defense of our oceans.

TIM COOMBS

Tim studied economics and product design in school, as well as textile engineering at leading fashion houses in New York. He cofounded Bionic Yarn in 2004 based on the concept of advanced recycled materials. Tim believes that environmental sustainability is possible if we can harmonize the economy with nature. 

DIANNA COHEN

TED speaker, multi-media artist, painter and curator Dianna Cohen is best known for her works using recycled plastic bags. She is Co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals working to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment. 

 
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PARLEY x COP21


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"The destruction of the ocean is everyone’s problem. It’s one global body of water that transcends traditional boundaries and makes our points of difference irrelevant."

Jefferson Hack

 

During COP21, Parley speakers, collaborators and guests from the creative industries gathered at the legendary Les Bains in Paris to share knowledge, exchange ideas and launch new initiatives for the oceans cause in a series of Parley Talks and Collaboration Sessions. Hosted by Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley, and Jefferson Hack, co-founder of Dazed Media, the two-day summit continued the "Oceans. Climate. Life." series initially launched at the UN General Assembly to catalyze awareness and transform words into action for the planet's largest and most important climate regulator. 

The most pivotal outcome of COP21 is not an agreement on climate change, but the concrete actions that follow to protect and preserve the health of our greatest life support system: the oceans. Climate action has become a massive waiting game. But we can't afford to wait. The creative industry must lead the change. The stakes have never been higher for the future of our blue home; if we do nothing, we stand to lose everything. Every second breath we take is on the line, but as Sylvia Earle reminded those gathered at Les Bains, "never has there been more reason for hope." Together we are stronger than we are alone. 

 
 

#COP21    #OceansClimateLife

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NEW YORK, PALAZZO CHUPI


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“I have been surfing since I was a teenager… The ocean, the sea, and the waves have had a big influence on my life. It is so important that people finally comprehend that there is something bigger than them. The ocean teaches us to be humble, to respect it, and to accept that we are all part of something greater.”

Julian Schnabel

 
 

The first Parley on February 7, 2013 was hosted by artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel at his Palazzo Chupi in New York. A select group of guests came together with the shared mission of sounding the alarm on the importance of protecting the world’s oceans. The aim of the discussions was to brainstorm how the creative industries could lend support to and cooperate with leading ocean sentinels like Captain Paul Watson from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Amongst the attendees were Leonardo DiCaprio, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen of Google, Steven Soderbergh, Kevin Connolly, Pamela Anderson, Antony Hegarty, Laurie Anderson, Francesco Clemente, Arne Quinze, Walton Ford, Sante D'Orazio, and many others.

On his decision to host the first Parley, Schnabel said, “I have been surfing since I was a teenager… The ocean, the sea, and the waves have had a big influence on my life. When the ocean dies, the world will die along with it. It is so important that people finally comprehend that there is something bigger than them. The ocean teaches us to be humble, to respect it, and to accept that we are all part of something greater. I can do my part by bringing together some influential people and helping lay the groundwork for meaningful, constructive partnerships that not only bring financial returns, they also work to preserve the environment.”


 
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JULIAN SCHNABEL

Julian Schnabel (born October 26, 1951) is an American artist and filmmaker. In the 1980s, Schnabel received international media attention for his "plate paintings"—large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates. Schnabel directed Before Night Falls, which became Javier Bardem's breakthrough Academy Award-nominated role, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which was nominated for four Academy Awards. He has won the award for best director at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, a Golden Globe, as well as BAFTA, a César Award, two nominations for the Golden Lion and an Academy Award nomination.

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“Every one of us must break through the attitudes that now are holding us back from doing everything we can to change the way people think and act toward the ocean — and to this little blue speck of the universe in general.”

Sylvia Earle

 
 

September 5-6, 2014 – At the two-day event, 23 Wall Street was submerged underwater through an immersive audiovisual art installation in an effort to raise awareness for endangered marine species and ecosystems, and to introduce the kind of solutions that are possible through innovation, creativity and collaboration. As part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, guests were invited to walk the ‘blue carpet’ and kick off the weekend at a Parley hosted Ocean Night, where Pharrell Williams unveiled the first ever denim line made from recycled ocean plastic fibers, the spring/summer 2015 G-Star 'RAW for the Oceans' collection. 'RAW for the Oceans' is supporting the Vortex Project, an initiative by Parley for the Oceans in partnership with Bionic Yarn and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. 

 

 

Building on the themes and ideas introduced on the previous night’s presentation, Parley for the Oceans invited creators, thinkers and leaders in eco innovation, fashion and ocean conservation to participate in more in-depth discussions the next day, about the most imminent threats to ocean life, and to the life they support on land. 

Parley Wall Street Summit speakers included Ocean Alliance President Roger Payne and CEO Iain Kerr, legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos and other key members of the movement to understand, conserve and protect the oceans.


 

SYLVIA EARLE

Sylvia A. Earle, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Author of more than 200 publications, Sylvia has lead countless expeditions with 7000+ hours underwater. Her research focuses on conservation of marine ecosystems. 

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CAPTAIN PAUL WATSON

Paul co-founded Greenpeace with Robert Hunter, founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation society in 1977, and has been an activist for over 40 years. His work is recognized and supported by the best minds and feared by his opponents. He joined the conference live via Skype from aboard one of his ships on the sea.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS

Music artist, producer, serial collaborator, and entrepreneur. At Parley Wall Street, Pharrell represented his company Bionic Yarn, the first high-performance ecoyarn. Its patented spinning process is capable of incorporating fibers from recycled plastic bottles into durable and refined quality textiles.

LELAND MELVIN

Engineer, NASA astronaut, and former NFL player. After his NFL career was cut short by a Hamstring injury, he earned a MS in Materials Science Engineering from UVA. He is currently Associate Administrator of Education at NASA, and is a strong proponent of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, Math) movement.

LOUIE PSIHOYOS

Louie Psihoyos is Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society and Director of the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove. He has been widely regarded as one of the top photographers in the world. He was hired directly out of college to shoot for National Geographic and created images for the magazine for 18 years.

CHRIS JORDAN

Chris is an acclaimed photographic artist and cultural activist based in Seattle. His work explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives, connecting the viewer viscerally to the enormity and power of humanity’s collective unconscious. His images have been exhibited around the world.

THECLA SCHAEFFER

Thecla Schaeffer is CMO for the Dutch fashion label G-Star RAW. Known for its innovative work in denim, G-Star has carved out an enviable position bridging the luxury and streetwear markets. She began her career in advertising, managing numerous global accounts. Before joining G-Star in 2011, she was head of strategy at BBDO Amsterdam.

Tyson toussant

Co-Founder of Bionic Yarn. Being a native new yorker he wanted to create something that spoke to the urban person who had a passion for the environment. With a focus on science coupled with a love for the outdoors, Tyson set his eye on bringing something unique that mixed his active lifestyle with eco-conservation.

Tim coombs

Tim studied economics and product design in school, as well as textile engineering at leading fashion houses in New York. He cofounded Bionic Yarn in 2004 based on the concept of advanced recycled materials. Tim believes that environmental sustainability is possible if we can harmonize the economy with nature. 

JOHN WARNER

John has published over 200 patents, papers and books. His recent work in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products, solar energy and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. 

marco spier

Founder of Psyop, an award-winning creative design and animation studio that works with global brands. His work is featured in the National Design Triennial of Cooper Hewitt and is part of the permanent collection at MoMA. Prior to founding Psyop, Marco was one of the original members of MTV’s Digital Television Laboratory (DTV).

IAIN KERR

Dr. Iain Kerr is the CEO of the Ocean Alliance, an organization recognized as an international leader in whale research and ocean conservation since its founding by renowned scientist Dr. Roger Payne in 1970. Ocean Alliance programs include the Voyage’s of the Odyssey and the Patagonia Right Whale Program.

ROGER PAYNE

Roger Payne, PhD, a biologist, environmentalist, and Founder/President of Ocean Alliance is best known for his discoveries that humpback whales sing songs and that the calls of blue and fin whales carry across oceans. He has worked tirelessly for the conservation of whales in international fora.

DIANNA COHEN

TED speaker, multi-media artist, painter and curator Dianna Cohen is best known for her works using recycled plastic bags. She is Co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals working to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment. 

Chris clark

Engineer and biologist, Imogene Johnson Senior Scientist in the Bioacoustics Research Program of Ornithology and in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at Cornell University. His research has concentrated on animal vocal communication with a particular interest in the application of advanced acoustic technologies for scientific conservation of endangered species, from birds to whales.

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FELIX HALLWACHS

Felix Hallwachs is the CEO of Little Sun, a project with Studio Olafur Eliasson. Prior to Little Sun, Felix worked as a Studio Director for Olafur Eliasson from 2006 until 2012. Felix holds an architectural engineering degree from the TU Berlin, with additional interests in urban studies, sociology, politics, and economics.

MIRANDA WANG

TED speaker and student in Biochemistry and Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania. Alarmed by the plastic pollution crisis, she has worked on isolating and characterizing plastic-degrading bacteria from the natural environment. She continues to engage in developing new methods of bioremediation through synthetic biology.

SUSAN HARTLAND

Executive Director, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Susan Hartland’s work is focused on conservation, animal rescue and advocacy. Before joining the SSCS team as an employee, Susan was a volunteer onboard the Steve Irwin from 2009–10 as a Comm. officer and 2nd mate for three SSCS Campaigns. 

HEIDI TAYLOR 

Heidi is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, based in Australia, addressing marine debris in our oceans. Since 2004, Heidi has inspired over 30,000 people to volunteer and helped remove more than 3 million pieces of debris from the marine environment at 1,300 different sites across Australia.

 
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“This planet and the oceans are the natural resource bank account. We should be living off the interest that it bears, rather than eating away the capital. Right now, we’re eating, eating, and eating away as much of the capital as possible. There are many countries that are living off credit in that scenario rather than on interest.”

Fabien Cousteau

 
 

Parley Berlin took place during Fashion Week from July 2-4, 2013. The three-day event series brought together 24 speakers for ‘Parley Talks’, featuring keynote presentations to discuss the growing threat of plastic pollution in the oceans. Collaboration sessions and a Blue Carpet Party were held to form alliances for The Vortex Project: an initiative started by eco-material innovator Bionic Yarn, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Parley to cleanup beaches and shorelines, boost new technologies, and turn ocean plastic into smart consumer products to create funding and awareness to address plastic pollution. 

The Vortex Project is based on the belief that we must harmonize the human economy with the ecosystem of nature in order to make a serious impact. Speakers for Parley Talks in Berlin included, Captain Paul Watson, Pharrell Williams and his partners in Bionic Yarn, Tyson Toussant and Tim Coombs, Fabien Cousteau, Fisher Stevens, David de Rothschild, David LaChapelle, Graham Hawkes, Tom Sachs, Dianna Cohen, Roy Vercoulen, Graham Hill, Margareta van den Bosch, Zem Joaquin, Jurgen Mayer H., Felix Hallwachs,  Wolfram Putz,  Thomas Wellemeit,  Anders Lendager, Tobias Nolte, Lukas Kronawitter and Tomas Saraceno.


 
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CAPTAIN PAUL WATSON

Paul co-founded Greenpeace with Robert Hunter, founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation society in 1977, and has been an activist for over 40 years. His work is recognized and supported by the best minds and feared by his opponents. He joined the conference live via Skype from aboard one of his ships on the sea.

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS

Music artist, producer, serial collaborator, and entrepreneur. At Parley, Pharrell represented his company Bionic Yarn, the first high-performance ecoyarn. Its patented spinning process is capable of incorporating fibers from recycled plastic bottles into durable and refined quality textiles.

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TYSON TOUSSANT & TIM COOMBS

Bionic's Co-founders Tyson Toussant and Tim Coombs presented The Vortex Project: a Bionic x Parley collaboration to take plastic waste out of the oceans and to turn it into bionic yarn & fabric, and other material for use in products.

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FABIEN COUSTEAU

Fabien Cousteau is a third-generation explorer, documentary filmmaker and environmental activist. He is founder and CEO of plant a fish, a nonprofit dedicated to marine restoration through active community engagement. On his Mission 31 - he lived and conducted scientific experiments 20 meters under the ocean for 31 days.

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FISHER STEVENS

Fisher Stevens is an american actor, director, and the 2010 Academy Award winning producer for the best documentary “The Cove”. His dedication to ocean conservation continues as director of his latest yet to be released documentary, Mission Blue. He presented his project about ‘Her Deepness’ Dr. Sylvia Earle.

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DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD

British adventurer, ecologist, author, documentarian and environmentalist, David de Rothschild, may be best known for launching Plastiki, a boat made from 12,000 reclaimed plastic bottles, sailing from San Francisco, CA to Sydney, Australia, in order to raise awareness for the the effects of global warming and plastic pollution in our ocean. 

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DAVID LACHAPELLE

As a commercial photographer David molded the fashion world and turned heirs, actors, musicians, and models into celebrities. Working as a fine art photographer he reflects his career in a humorous and social critical way. Living in Maui on a farm, nature became a big subject of his art.

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GRAHAM HAWKES

A world-renowned engineer and inventor, Graham Hawkes wants to revolutionize the way we experience the oceans. He created the deep flight series of winged manned underwater vehicles, which “fly” to the depths of the oceans with the power and elegance of an airplane.

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TOM SACHS

Always provocative and daring, Tom Sachs is a world renowned artist and sculptor, probably best known for his elaborate recreations of brands, icons, all of them masterpieces of engineering and design of one kind or another. He believes in ’re-use’.

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DIANNA COHEN

TED speaker, multi-media artist, painter and curator Dianna Cohen is best known for her works using recycled plastic bags. She is Creative Advocacy Director and the Co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals working to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.

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ROY VERCOULEN

Eco-economist, Roy Vercoulen is Vice president of the Cradle to Cradle institute, an international non-profit organization co-founded by William McDonough and Michael Braungart to bring about a large-scale transformation in the way we make things. 

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GRAHAM HILL

Innovator and designer, Graham Hill founded the eco-blog treehugger.com, “the green CNN” and his newest endeavor LifeEdited: How to design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy. It’s life. Edited.

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MARGARETA VAN DEN BOSCH

Margareta was Head of Design at H&M for over 20 years and made a disruptive impact on the fashion world by establishing the idea of accessible designer couture. Her success formula of celebrity collaborations with famous creators, like Maison Martin Margiela, Beyoncé, Stella McCartney made H&M a credible superbrand.

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SAFIA MINNEY

Eco-business pioneer, Safia Minney, founded and is CEO of fair trade and sustainable fashion label People Tree. Safia has turned a lifelong interest in environment, trade and social justice issues into an award winning social business. 2010 People Tree was awarded best ethical brand at the global fashion awards in new york.

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JUERGEN MAYER H.

’J. Mayer H.’ studio focuses on works at the intersection of architecture, communication and new technology. Juergen Mayer H. has taught at Princeton University, University of the Arts Berlin, Harvard University, The Architectural Association in London, Columbia University New York and University of Toronto, Canada.

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FELIX HALLWACHS

Felix Hallwachs is an architect who has worked with Olafur Eliasson since 2005, as studio director from 2006. Since January 2012 Felix is Managing Director of Little Sun.

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WOLFRAM PUTZ

Wolfram Putz & Thomas Willemeit established GRAFT in LA together with Lars Krückeberg. GRAFT has won numerous national and international awards and garnered international fame with a wide-spread following throughout its 10 year existence.

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ANDERS LENDAGER

In 2011 he has become one of the most prominent sustainability experts on the danish architectural scene - acting as consultant to government departments, as well as municipalities and private developers. Upcycling has become one of Anders lendager’s specialties.

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TOBIAS NOLTE 

Tobias Nolte is a designer based in Berlin and New York. He is currently director at Gehry Technologies in NY where he leads a team of architects, engineers and builders in the implementation of parametric and computation methods to improve design, engineering and construction performance.

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LUKAS KRONAWITTER 

Lukas Kronawitter is an architect and planner with a specialized focus on resource management and urban ecology. He has researched a range of projects including reusable and organic building material at Munich University, sustainable water and waste management at the HafenCity University of Hamburg and Terreform One in Brooklyn.

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TOMAS SARACENO 

Visionary artist Tomás Saraceno creates inflatable and airborne biospheres with the morphology of soap bubbles, spider webs, neural networks, or cloud formations, which are speculative models for alternate ways of living. Tomás Saraceno, born in 1973 in Argentina, studied art and architecture.

 
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“If we don’t drastically change our thinking and our actions, the only place we will get to see what is in the oceans, will be at the museum. One problem – we won’t be here to enjoy the displays…”

David LaChapelle

 
 

On January 19, 2014 Parley hosted a conversation between Captain Paul Watson and american artist David LaChappelle to discuss the growing concerns related to single use plastic pollution. Hosted in the screening room at Neuehouse, an eclectic group of artists, activists, and members of the creative community attended and discussed the far reaching impacts that plastic pollution is having on the oceans. 

LaChapelle gave attendees insight on the inspiration for his new work and exhibition LAND SCAPE,  comprised of two photographic series:  Refineries and Gas Stations. Here he uses these materials to illustrate how repurposing materials from our every day lives can lead to future sustainability of resources. Both Captain Paul Watson and David LaChappelle announced their commitment to The Vortex Project.


 
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DAVID LACHAPELLE

As a commercial photographer David molded the fashion world and turned heirs, actors, musicians, models into celebrities. working as a fine art photographer he reflects his career in a humorous and social critical way. Living in Maui on a farm, nature became a big subject of his art.

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CAPTAIN PAUL WATSON

Paul co-founded Greenpeace with Robert Hunter, founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation society in 1977, and has been an activist for over 40 years. His work is recognized and supported by the best minds and feared by his opponents. He joined the conference live via skype from one of his ships on the sea.

 
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“The fact is if you save the oceans you save the whole world because the oceans are the lungs of the planet. Without the oceans, all earth dies. The oceans don’t need land, land needs the oceans.”

Louie Psihoyos

 
 

Parley was invited to take part in World Energy Day at the United Nations on October 22, 2013 to address and brief world leaders and delegates on the state of the oceans. From overfishing to ocean acidification and plastic pollution, the message was delivered loud and clear: the oceans are are in danger and we need to act now.  

Parley member organizations taking part included Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Ocean Alliance, Oceanic Preservation Society, The Terramar Project, and Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

Thanks to all the speakers for giving the oceans a voice.


 
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LOUIE PSIHOYOS

Louie Psihoyos is Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society and Director of the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove. He has been widely regarded as one of the top photographers in the world. He was hired directly out of college to shoot for National Geographic and created images for the magazine for 18 years.

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IAIN KERR

Dr. Iain Kerr is the CEO of the Ocean Alliance, an organization recognized as an international leader in whale research and ocean conservation since its founding by renowned scientist Dr. Roger Payne in 1970.  Ocean Alliance programs include the Voyage’s of the Odyssey and the Patagonia Right Whale Program.

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DANIELLA RUSSO

Daniella Dimitrova Russo is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to end plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on people, animals and the environment.

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DIANNA COHEN

TED speaker, multi-media artist, painter and curator Dianna Cohen is best known for her works using recycled plastic bags. She is Creative Advocacy Director and Co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals working to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.

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LEWIS PERKINS

Lewis Perkins is a champion for sustainability – personally and professionally.  Prior to joining the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Lewis consulted to companies both big and small on creating programs and awareness for environmental and social initiatives.

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GHISLAINE MAXWELL

Ghislaine Maxwell is president and founder of The TerraMar Project (TMP), a web-based non-profit organized to protect the ocean by empowering a global community of ocean citizens. TMP collaborates with other stake holders to make the ocean part of the 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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CAPTAIN ALEX CORNELISSEN

Inspired by the work of Captain Watson, Alex Cornelissen joined Sea Shepherd in 2002. Starting as chief cook on Sea Shepherd’s very first Antarctic campaign, he worked his way up to first officer, followed by captain in 2006, and in 2007 he became the director of operations in the Galapagos Islands. In 2013 he became Sea Shepherd’s GEO.

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SUSAN HARTLAND

Animal rescuer and advocate, Susan Hartland has served as the Administrative Director of Sea Shepherd since January 2012.  Before joining the Sea Shepherd team as an employee, Susan was a volunteer onboard the Steve Irwin from 2009–10 as Comm. Officer and 2nd Mate for the Antarctic, Waltzing Matilda and Blue Rage campaigns.