Parley. tv – For The Oceans
Its a sunny Monday here in Michigan. I’m drinking my cappuccino and my protein shake here at Foster and I’m enjoying the lovely weather. They opened the front garage door of the shop and the fresh air is amazing. Alright, let’s get on with the blog post. Today, I want to share one of my favorite companies that is raising awareness for the oceans and the ecosystem of the planet. With wanting to be a marine biologist is a kid (It never really flourished by dolphins and whales were and are my favorite animals. My family can attest to my bedroom being full of dolphin knick knacks, bedding and many a poster.)
Parley for the Oceans addresses major threats towards our oceans, the most important ecosystem of our planet.
We believe the power for change lies in the hands of the consumer – given we all have a choice – and the power to shape this new consumer mindset lies in the hands of the creative industries.
Artists, musicians, actors, filmmakers, fashion designers, journalists, architects, product inventors, and scientists have the tools to mold the reality we live in and to develop alternative business models and ecologically sensible products to give us earthlings an alternative choice, an everyday option to change something.
To succeed, we need to find ways to synchronize the economic system of humankind with the ecosystem of nature. And make environmental protection fiscally lucrative for pacesetting major companies.
Parley has been created to accelerate a process of change that is already in progress. No other big movement in the history of humankind has developed faster than the environmental cause. We want to make sure we are fast enough to meet the ultimate deadline and turn the ship around before we lose a treasure we have only just started to explore and still don’t fully understand: the fantastic blue universe beneath us — The Oceans.
Millions of sharks end up on prestigious restaurant tables as shark fin soup. Whale sanctuaries get looted for exclusive dog food. More fish are eaten by house cats than by seals while hundreds of miles of drift nets vacuum clean the sea. Anything wrong with that? After all, there are plenty of fish in the sea and the supermarkets are stacked, right?
Not for long, if we believe the scientists. 2048 seems to be the overall accepted deadline for the collapse of all commercial fisheries, already by 2025 all the coral reef ecosystems in the world will be gone. Leading environmentalists see the end of most sea life happening within the next 6–16 years.
Diminishment of biodiversity in our Ocean is the single greatest threat to the survival of humanity. With diminishment of species in the oceans comes diminishment of the quality of life for humanity. What are the causes of this continuing mass extinction and imminent threat to our collective survival?
Human over-population and over-consumption of resources are the primary threats and they bring chemical, oil, noise and plastic pollution with them. Global warming, oceanic acidification, over-fishing, agricultural run-off...
The threats are many, but so are the solutions.
Their approach is as simple as 3 steps : Parley Talk, Collaboration Session, and Collaborative Project
Parley Talk: Everything starts with inspiration. Therefore every Parley is a curated gathering with a dedicated topic, presented by Parley Speakers to a carefully selected audience. The talks are meant to give an overview of the State of the Oceans in general, to present a specific cause, and to get the support for a related initiative or project.
Collaboration Session: Once there is serious interest to support the cause and to start a collaboration or to join an already existing project or initiative, the Parley team will help to get the process going by developing an individual idea or concept, connecting to potential partners, and moderating the collaboration process from idea to finalization of an agreement.
Collaborative Project: The signature on an agreement is the kick-off for the actual collaboration process.
The Parley team supports the collaborators by translating needs and ideas to each partner, managing expectations and keeping the partners on track with a realistic roadmap. It sounds simple, but the success
of a collaboration lies in its implementation.
From seeing the videos and news castors speak about the turtles dealing with straws being lodged in their nasal cavities and the whales washing up on a shore line with a stomach full of plastic, It truly hit a huge part of my being. I’ve started buying reusable metal straws, denied them at restaurants, and have started bringing my own cups to the coffee shops that I visit. I’ve also started diving deeper into Parley and what they do and somehow plan on aiding them as much as I can in the near future.
If you’d like to check out Parley, all of their social media is down below
(ALL IMAGES PULLED FROM PARLEY’S INSTAGRAM ( EXCEPT THE COVER THE IMAGE)