David Lang – The scale of problems facing the ocean are as large as the sea itself. From plastic pollution to illegal fishing, coral bleaching to acidification – it’s easy to get depressed and discouraged by the magnitude of the challenge.
David Lang is the cofounder and CEO of OpenROV and below he explores what we can all do to make a difference to ocean conservation.
Working on these issues requires constant infusions of hope (for me at least). I find motivation through the stories of others – the people who are taking bold action. These groups and individuals are making change against all odds and are often doing so with minimal resources.
In 2012 a project was started in my friend Eric Stackpole’s garage to build a low-cost underwater robot. Our mission was to create tools and tech to empower anyone to get involved with ocean science and exploration. That project has grown into a company, Sofar Ocean Technologies and the mission continues.
Taking it one step further, we partnered with the Avatar Alliance Foundation and National Geographic to create the S.E.E. Initiative (Science Exploration Education) – a programme that donates cutting-edge ocean drones to groups on the front-line of ocean science and conservation. We’ve been overwhelmed by the energy and excitement from people who are taking action.
The diversity of participation has been astounding. People from all walks of life are getting involved – from professional scientists to passionate amateurs, proving that ocean science and conservation truly is for everyone.
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