This last week I volunteered at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (SFIOFF). This film festival showcases dozens of films from around the world and “brings the power and mystery of the ocean to the beautiful San Francisco waterfront.” I have a deep passion for the ocean and this felt like a perfect place for me to volunteer for two days.
The films were developed and produced by a range of talents from youth to professionals. The films covered topics from ocean animals to threats to the ocean to surfing. I expected to walk away energized by the beauty and power of the sea. At times I was totally energized as I found myself in awe of the color of the species and their unique adaptations for survival to the ocean climate. Yet, at other times I found myself increasingly anxious and overwhelmed by the alarming threats to the world’s oceans. The films woke me up in a very uncomfortable way and reminded me how little time we have to get this right. The impacts of climate change on the oceans of our planet continues to accelerate. [Read more…]