“World’s beautiful oceans smiling towards the 22nd Century!”

By Edo Heirich-Sanchez

Guess where this landscape is, and win a prize from Blue October! There is still time to submit a picture of your creation made from ocean trash for the Marine Debris Challenge. E-mail your entries to marinedebrisart@gmail.com

Here we are straddling typhoons again while we get ready for a busy week.

APE poster is ready and thanks to woodblock artist Naka Bokunen for providing us with this fabulous blue peace.

We originally used the bottom half as the theme for the Okinawa version of UNESCO’s 1998 International Year of the Ocean (IYO) initiative “My Ocean Charter” managed by its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).  We collected over 10,000 signatures with the theme, “The Earth is a Treasure, The Ocean is a Treasure, Life is a Treasure.” with personal promise and commitment towards oceans’ health.

Now its complete and ready to kick off the Oct. 23 Okinawa NGO Asia-Pacific Environmental Forum along with a key words resource book from the Asia-Pacific Initiative UNO LAB: “Sekai no Chura Umi wo Niko-Niko 22 Seiki-he” Japanese lesson one which means, “World’s beautiful oceans smiling towards the 22nd Century!”

In Okinawa the prefecture’s Okinawa 21 Century Vision will be a good stepping stone for the effort s of the forum, the NOW now and the NOW later.

We are gathering ocean lovers who realize that its time for a third alternative and creating a new base line, from Okinawa to the Asia-Pacific that we hope will lead people across this planet for a World Ocean Renaissance “by” or “from” 2033 and restoring resilience.

As life on this planet is based on interconnected systems, we need to work in our individual specialties while having our feet on the solid deck of systainability. Interviews with key participants will be featured starting in November. The NGO Forum will have simultaneous interpreting and guidance. Seating is limited.  Please register to attend by contacting edo@okinawaocean.org

Early participants will be going on special island excursions in order to get familiarized with Okinawa’s environmental realities and societal challenges as we struggle towards a systainable future.  The Miyakojima City Eco-Island concept is of particular interest to our participants, and we’ll investigate how we can create a systems-based master plan, which can be applied in the region.  The afternoon session will be led by Robert Steele, an expert in Pyramid2030 and Compass tools.

For Oct. 26, we need volunteer divers and beach combers to help us with the Cape Maeda cleanup, then help us celebrate with some cokes and hotdog followed by a celebration with members from Russia, China, Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Canada, Indonesia, Maui and the Big Island Hawaii!

Special Guest live set by TEDx talker M.Kalani Souza from “The Big Blue O”.

“Life is a mystery… and then you die” Kalanism.