Congratulations to our friends at @1millionwomen on their 10 year anniversary! If you don’t know 1MW yet, they are a mass movement of women and girls transforming society by taking practical action on climate change in our everyday lives to cut pollution, reduce waste, save energy and lead change. Sign up and join the movement at www.1millionwomen.com.au
Hope the weekend didn’t pass you by without some chillin’ All hail the wind and the waves 🌊🏄🏼♀️ #sunshinecoast #surfsup #surfersforchange #oceanishome
BLUE is coming to @hamptonsfilm festival in New York! Tuesday June 11 at 6.30pm at UA East Hampton Cinema 6. Get your tickets and more info at hamptonsfilmfest.org or tickets.demand.film/event/7793⠀ ⠀ We'll put a link our stories 👆 #hamptonsfilmfestival #hamptonsinternationalfilmfestival #savewhatyoulove
🇬🇧 #bluethefilm is now available digitally for home entertainment in the UK on iTunes, Sky, Amazon and Virgin Media 🇬🇧 DVD release on 1 July!
We are honoured to have been named a finalist in this year's OCEAN AWARDS, held in partnership with the Blue Marine Foundation one of the UK’s leading ocean conservation charities. BLUE has been nominated in recognition of the film’s campaign to advance marine conservation objectives, including public literacy about fixing the largest solvable problem on the planet – the crisis in our oceans. The other nominees include Greenpeace for its 'Protect the Antarctic' campaign and The Ocean Race round the world sailing event, which began in 1973 and now highlights the issue of the devastating plastic crisis impacting upon our seas. Our little team are humbled to be nominated in the company of such incredible peers and we thank them for their powerful advocacy work. We all have our part to play in ocean conservation and we hope Blue continues to inspire change in all those who see the film. #oceanawards2019 #bluemarinefoundation #protecttheantarctic #greenpeace #oceanrace #saveourseas #endplasticpollution #goodpitch #documentaryaustraliafoundation #northernpictures #transmissionfilms #demandfilm #sparkypictures
The federal election is almost upon us, here’s where the major parties stand on ocean issues. ____________ #Repost @marineconservation.au ・・・ Where do the parties stand on our Great Barrier Reef & oceans this #ClimateElection? Use our scorecard below to find out. We asked the Coalition, Labor and The Greens to act on the urgent threats facing our vulnerable ocean wildlife - like stopping Adani’s coal mine and taking urgent climate action, protecting endangered species and tackling the ocean plastic pollution crisis at the source. Their responses are in, and they have been assessed by our independent experts. More information on our assessments click our bio link and find ELECTION SCORECARD
We are excited to announce Blue is now available in the UK 🇬🇧 on iTunes, Sky, Amazon and Virgin Media. More announcements to come for other regions. Visit our website to find out how to host a screening or watch #bluethefilm in your region Thanks to @sparkypicturesinsta #skyoceanrescue #bluemarinefoundation #greenpeaceuk #saveourseas #virginunite #endplasticpollution
Blue has been a part of the Ocean Lover’s Festival this weekend at Bondi Beach. Blue co-hosted a special event with leaders, scientists, conservationists and influencers at Bondi Icebergs with a panel discussion on the state of the oceans. Talking solutions, both political and scientific with @drkerrynwentworth @timsilverwood @lucas_handley and @sydneycoastalcouncils Blue will screen tonight at 5pm with oceanguardians from the film present at Bondi Pavillon. Last night Valerie Taylor AO received special award from George Miller for her contribution to film. This weekends program includes Trashion show from @marinadebris eco-stalls from the likes of @rechusable and ocean swims. Great to be part of such a positive event celebrating our connection to the sea. With thanks to @saveourmarinelifeaus @marineconservation.au @pewenvironment @goodpitchaus @northernpictures @oceanloversfestival #oceanloversfestival #oceanguardian #bondibeach #trashionshow
The Bondi Ocean Lovers Festival kicks off this Thursday – it's a long weekend of ocean films, talks, exhibitions, eco markets, workshops, yoga, live music and more! 🌊💙 We'll be at the BLUE screening Saturday night + a post-screening Q&A with our director Karina Holden, impact producer Sarah Beard and BLUE's ocean guardians @timsilverwood and @lucas_handley 🐠 🐋 🦈 More info at www.oceanloversfestival.com or via our Facebook page.
Many people write and ask us about the people who appeared in Blue and what they’re up to now. They’re an inspiring group of individuals and their work fighting for the ocean continues. Madison Stewart @sharkgirlmadison was so moved by the shark markets we filmed in Lombok for BLUE that she has returned over the last few years to find ways to work with the local fishermen on alternative employment. Through passion and persistence she has set up an ecotourism venture, where shark boats and fishermen are now taking travellers to swim and snorkel on the shores of Lombok, redirecting resources into sustainable incomes and promoting the maintenance of marine ecosystems, rather than the wholesale slaughter of sharks and rays. Anyone can join these trips, so to find out more about #projecthiu head to Madison’s link in her bio. Madison hosts these trips personally, so if you’re inspired to make a difference and love sharks, join her next trip in May. Bravo Madison for being solutions focused and finding a way for others to contribute towards the protection of our marine life. #oceanguardian #saveoursharks #stopsharkfinning #projecthiu #lombok #bluethefilm #sharkgirl #chickswhorock
Belgium/Belgique🇧🇪 See #bluethefilm at the @milleniumfest in Brussels/Bruxelles. Sat 24 March or Tues 26 March. More details at www.festivalmillenium.org
So great to be back at the Ritz for another screening of Blue with @timsilverwood and @lucas_handley organised by @randwickcouncil - 18 months since our first screening at this cinema and still a huge audience for the film with 600 people attending tonight! Many of the audience fresh from the beach for @cleanupaustralia doing their part and joining in the family screening. Lots of inspiring questions, especially from the next generation of #oceanguardians Welcome to our Big Blue family :) #randwickcouncil #randwickritz #oceanguardian #cleanupaustralia #caringiscool #bluethefilm #boomerangbags
Jakarta! See BLUE this Sunday at Waste Less Films Weekend hosted by @na_avakara. This is a free event. “NAvakara” is derived from Sanskrit words of “na” (no) and “avakara” (waste). NAvakara seeks to activate as many people as possible through these film screenings followed by cohosted film discussions to educate about wastes and to encourage individuals in reducing their plastic consumption.
Join the Surfrider x Clean Up Australia Day event "Paddle Out" this Sunday 3 March. Meet at the Man O War Steps Jetty, Sydney Opera House. At the conclusion of the event, we will be observing a minute's silence for the sea and for the late Ian Kieran AO who did the first ever Sydney Harbour Clean Up 30 years ago. Blue’s @lucas_handley will be leading 50 free divers along with some of the biggest names in Australian surfing to clean up one of the world’s most famous harbours. Held in conjunction with Clean Up Australia Day, which is celebrated this year on Sunday, 3 March 2019, Surfrider Foundation Australia aims to empower people to protect and improve their shorelines. #surfriderfoundation #cleanupaustralia #cleanupaustraliaday2019 #sydneyharbour #freedivers #surfersunite #protectwhatyoulove
The legends at @wyliesbaths Floating Films (Coogee, Sydney) are giving away two double passes to their 16 March outdoor screening of BLUE. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to win. First in gets floating first! More info: www.wyliesfloatingfilms.com #wyliesbaths #coogee #beach #ilovecoogee #bluethefilm #outdoorcinema
Australian sea Lions are beyond adorable! It’s estimated there’s only 6500 of these creatures left in the wild. Their population plummeted due to hunting, and although they are now protected, stresses from fishing and habitat change means these gorgeous marine mammals are still declining. Featured in #magicallandofoz the breeding population on Pearson Island is one of the healthiest colonies left in Australia’s southern seas. It’s also why drilling for oil in the great Australian Bight would be disastrous. Foreign company Equinor has just released their plans for drilling for public comment and you have till March 20 to give feedback. See more at the @greataustralianbightalliance for links to submit comments on drilling proposal. With the work of @greataustralianbightalliance @saveourmarinelifeaus and @seashepherdaustralia we hope marine sanctuaries will stay in place to protect the last colonies of these precious creatures. Catch up on their story on @abctv #abciview #makingmagic behind the scenes film, featuring crew of the Steve Irwin and film makers from #bluethefilm @ginclearfilm @wade.fairley @northernpictures @adele_films #fightforthebight #bigoildontsurf @patagoniaaus
Look at this mess. Use your voice NOW to save our Bight and marine life. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Link and more info via @patagoniaaus bio, we’ll put it in our story highlights too. _________________________ #Repost @patagoniaaus ・・・ The #FightForTheBight has come to a head. On Tuesday, Norwegian company Equinor formally released their draft environmental plan for deep water oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight. They want to drill later this year. The plan includes Equinor’s own spill modelling, which sees oil spread along thousands of kilometres of pristine coastline. It would be catastrophic on every level. The plan is before industry regulator NOPSEMA and is open now to public comment for the next 30 days. This is your chance to tell them that Big Oil does not belong in the Great Australian Bight. Follow the link in our profile to comment and swipe up in our stories to read the report #BigOilDontSurf
Hopping into new episode of #magicallandofoz tonight on @abctv 7.40pm. This blue chip natural history celebrates the wonderful wildlife of Australia and tonight’s episode features the creatures of the savannah grasslands, tropical rainforests and snowy peaks. Broadcast on @bbc and @PBS later this year 🦘 #wildlifefilmmaking #protectwhatyoulove #australianwildlife
News just in. Japan has confirmed they will leave the Southern Ocean at the end of the current whaling season and cease all hunting there. This means Australia’s migratory whales will now be safe in their Antarctic feeding grounds over summer. This is a huge win for the whales of our Southern Ocean - but it is a bittersweet victory and the battle isn’t over yet. Japan announced they are leaving the IWC so they can start commercial whaling in their own waters where some of the most threatened minke whale populations live. Whales face more threats today than ever before, yet Japan is turning its back on the IWC’s global efforts to protect them so they can hunt outside international control. Send your support to those fighting for the hunt to stop. @marineconservation.au @stopwhalingnow @pacificwhalefoundation #iwc #stopthehunt #southernocean #oceanguardian #protectwhatyoulove Pic by @jaimenhudson
See #bluethefilm opening night at @bluedotgeneration 'Arts For Education' event at the @houseofvans London. Sept 26, screening starts at 8.00pm. Get there early for a night of artwork showcases, live art, performance and sculpture and music, as well as a panel discussion with leading ocean conservation experts including @greenpeaceuk's Will McCallum. Tickets via Blue Dot Generation or click the link in our story highlight.
It was fantastic to share BLUE with the @Qantas Green Team and reps from the Qantas Future Planet program yesterday, screening #bluethefilm and hosting a Q&A with BLUE's director Karina Holden afterwards. ⠀ ⠀ The Future Planet program is their flagship program for sustainability, environmental and social initiatives. ⠀ We congratulate Qantas on the steps they are taking to reduce their single use plastic use.⠀ ⠀ Thank you to Qantas for hosting and thank you to @MediaStockade Impact for connecting us to the Qantas group. Media Stockade Impact curates powerful films to screen in the corporate arena to activate change.⠀ ⠀ Pictured: Director Karina Holden; Impact Producer Sarah Beard; Qantas Future Planet.
This is a big one! #bluethefilm is on the @oceanfilmfestuk tour - 45 screenings across the UK. The tour starts next Wednesday, Sept 5 💙 This is a cutdown 30-min version of the film. Get your tickets at: www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk/tickets 👀link in our stories
Wow! Nice work Cali 👏👀 ______________________ #Repost @leonardodicaprio ・・・ #Regram #RG @greenmatters: Renewable energy played a key role in this achievement, since the biggest emissions reductions were in the electricity sector. Solar power alone grew 33%, while natural gas, an energy source derived from fossil fuels, dropped by over 15%.⠀ ⠀ The California Air Resources Board reported a 13% reduction in carbon pollution since the state’s 2004 peak, even as the economy grew by 26%. The state currently boasts a “carbon intensity” — meaning the amount of carbon pollution emitted per $1 million of gross state product — that’s half the national average!⠀ ⠀ The 2030 target will require California to cut its emissions an additional 40 percent below 1990 levels, a goal that the state is calling “the most ambitious carbon goal in North America.”⠀ ⠀ #learngreen #livegreen #california #climateaction #cleanenergy #solarpower #solar #renewable #actonclimate #greenmatters
Link in @marineconservation.au’s bio! Please sign! 👇👇 ________________ #Repost @marineconservation.au ・・・ Time is running out 😓 Right now powerful lobby groups are spreading misinformation and campaigning hard for the NSW government to scrap the plan for a marine park for Sydney. If the Government doesn’t hear from people like you who love and defend our oceans right now, they could backflip and axe plans for our Sydney Marine Park within days.⠀ ⠀ Fill out the government survey in our bio and urgently have your say! ⠀ ✅ Tick strongly support on the first question ⠀ ✅ Provide general comments on the second question ⠀ ⠀ Share the link with all your friends! 💙
Bit late to the party, but it’s Keep Australia Beautiful week! KAB Week is held to raise awareness about the simple things we can all do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action. The key theme for the 2018 KAB Week is “SOS – Save our Seas”and you can help keep Australian water litter-free - refuse single-use plastic, take your rubbish with you when you leave the beach or park (including ciggy butts!), join KAB programs like Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches and Adopt a Patch. More info at kab.org.au See BLUE or host a screening in the following countries: 🔹 us.demand.film/blue 🔹 ca.demand.film/blue 🔹 uk.demand.film/blue 🔹 ie.demand.film/blue 🔹 au.demand.film/blue 🔹 nz.demand.film/blue
🚬🙅♀️❌🚭 ___________________ #Repost @not.plastic ・・・ Cigarette butts are one of the top littered items on the planet. Please make sure they find a bin. #watchyourwaste #oceanpollution #plasticpollution #dontlitter
Close encounter with awesome saltwater crocodile. Glad not to be in the water this time! Imagine meeting him at sea 😵 #topend #northernterritory #saltie #crocodile #notsafe
#bluethefilm will screen as the opening film at the Korea International Ocean Film Festival #kioff on Aug 31 at Ananti Cove, Busan. Special guest BLUE's director Karina Holden will hold a talk with the audience after the screening. Tickets via www.kioff.kr @kioff.official
South Korea! See #bluethefilm at the 6th Animal Film Festival in Suncheonman Bay. We play Sunday Aug 19 and Tuesday Aug 21. Tickets and more information via their website: www.anffis.kr
"Why the government’s $444 million grant won't save the Reef": beautiful words from Australian Marine Conservation Society @marineconservation.au 💙
Save Our Marine Life! Please call or email the below representatives, let them know we want our marine parks safe. The vote is on Thursday 👇👇 ________ #Repost @forrestinwonderland ・・・ Lord Howe Island is one of several marine parks that are about to be destroyed by new legislation changes. It’s the biggest removal of area from conservation in history !!! . The process began 5 years ago, with Abbott’s government, and is now in the final stages - the senate is voting on Thursday whether to put the plan into place. This is terrifying. . In a time where all the science, logic & common sense is telling us we need more marine sanctuaries, Australia is going backwards. . The only chance we have is to impact the politicians who may change their mind on the vote - . Senator Stirling Griff (Centre Alliance)-email@example.com //(08) 8212 1409 🐠 Senator Rex Patrick (Centre Alliance)- firstname.lastname@example.org // (08) 8232 1144 // 1300 556 115 🐟 Senator Tim Storer (Independent)- email@example.com // (08) 8232 0220 // 1300 738 260 🐬 Senator Derryn Hinch (DHJP)- firstname.lastname@example.org // (03) 9820 2222 // 1300 498 035 . The best thing you can do is call, it takes 2 minutes & you won’t have to talk to the politicians themselves, or go into long winded explanations, just let their secretary know that you want the current marine sanctuary changes proposal abolished, and more protection for our marine areas (not less). . I’m calling them today to tell them this is unacceptable, and will influence how I vote. As a marine biologist, but also as a human who lives on planet earth, we need to protect our marine sanctuaries & wild places. I hope you’re with me. . (Photo from Lord Howe Island by @beaupilgrim ) #marine #sanctuary #saveoursanctuaries #protect #ocean #hope #hopespots #lordhoweisland #dolphin #marinesanctuary
SYDNEY! Australian Marine Conservation Society and Nature Conservation Council of NSW invite you to a screening of BLUE, Wednesday Sept 12 at GU Film House Cronulla. This is a FREE event but tickets are limited, reserve yours here: http://bit.ly/blue-cronulla or direct link in our story. Doors open 6.00pm for a 6.15pm start. Guest Speakers: + Eleni Petinos Member for Miranda + Lucas Handley, featured in the film, marine biologist, freediver, spearfisher and local tour operator
🇳🇿 New Zealand! 🇳🇿 The NZ Govt will ban single-use plastic bags, giving retailers six-months to eliminate them or face fines of up to NZD $100,000. “We’re phasing out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand’s clean, green reputation,” said Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister. “Every year in New Zealand we use hundreds of millions of single-use plastic bags. A mountain of bags, many of which end up polluting our precious coastal and marine environments and cause serious harm to all kinds of marine life, and all of this when there are viable alternatives for consumers and business.”
Port Douglas! Screening of #bluethefilm on Aug 22 held by @gbrlegacy and #morrisfamilyfoundation at @clinktheatre 🐋🌊 Event includes a short 20min video from GBR Legacy's 2017 "Search for the Super Corals Expedition" + a Q&A panel after the screening 🏝 All money from ticket sales go to @gbrlegacy 💙 Tickets via Eventbrite - link in our story. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/port-douglas-screening-of-blue-tickets-48862496041?aff=efbeventtix
Our education partners at @CoolAustralia have created over 60 FREE to access teaching resources (from early learning to Year 10) and feedback shows Australian educators are LOVING them! 🥇#1 Lesson Plan (year to date) and a 4.5 average course rating ⭐️ try it out! Go to coolaustralia.org to register and download these FREE resources ✏ See the education page of our website for more info on how you can license the film to screen at your school 🐋🌊 The Blue curriculum package is available for a whole school or service to use. No matter where you are in Australia, these lessons will enrich your school’s or service’s curriculum. Each activity guide includes never before seen videos from the film, step-by-step instructions, student worksheets, factsheets and hands-on activities.
Coastal forests on harbour foreshore, a riotous tangle of Angophoras, mind bending beauty, how lucky we are to have wilderness on our doorstep #sydneyharbour #iloveasunburntcountry #angophora #sundaydreaming #protectwhatyoulove #bluethefilm
It's hard to avoid plastic even when you're trying to - many takeaway coffee cups will say they're recyclable, but may contain a plastic inner layer that means they won't break down like promised and just end up in landfill. So not only can you bring your own cup, but you can support (or join) @ResponsibleCafes - a collective of Australian cafes who are offering discounts to customers bringing their own cup. There are now over 4,000 cafes participating in Australia. Go to responsiblecafes.org to: + find participting cafes + sign up as a cafe owner + sign up as a Council For Plastic Free July they are also runnning a Trash 4 Treasure initiative: pick up a bucket of rubbish and score a FREE hot drink from participating cafes every Saturday in July. Photo: Nathan Dumlao #plasticfreejuly #plasticsucks #plasticpollution #bluethefilm #oceanguardian #responsible cafes #coffeetime #keepcup #waronwaste #ecofriendly #coffeecups #takeawaycoffee
Catch #bluethefilm at Island Whale Festival this weekend at Phillip Island, Victoria 🐋 Details via their Facebook page 💙 ___________ #Repost @islandwhales ・・・ 🐳The Island Whale Festival is back from the 6th-8th of July for an immersive three-day event that heralds the arrival of these seafaring cetaceans into our marine environment! Join us for a range of activities that will not only entertain, but also allow you to appreciate the wildlife and natural habitats of Phillip Island and the Bass Coast region, as well as educate us all on the importance of environmental awareness! Follow our Facebook page for further event details. #islandwhales #islandwhalefestival
Yuck, right? You may think you're doing the right thing & putting cups in the recycling but did you know they're rarely actually recycled? The inner plastic layer makes them difficult to break down properly ☕️ So, go green - get yourself a reusable cup! ☕️ There are so many options now - check out @KeepCup, @FrankGreen_Official, @JocoCups, @GoContigo, @KleanKanteen and countless others ☕️ Many cafes have their own branded cups available too so you can buy one on the spot. ☕️Check out our next post on @ResponsibleCafes too - if you want to support cafes doing the right thing AND offering discounts to customers who bring their own reusable cup. Photo: Charisse Kenion
More great ways to store food without plastic 💙 Excellent illustrations by Em Ehlers. _____________ #Repost @ecowithem_ ・・・ Random piece of trivia for the day: the first Plastic was invented in 1869 by John Hyatt. Errrr... good one, John! He wanted to create a substitute for the ivory being used in billiard balls that was driving the mass slaughter of elephants for aforementioned ivory. Nawww... John, dude. Sorry. Forgive me for what I said when I was angry 🐘💗. Those good intentions went awry when - post World War II - plastic “went viral” in day to day lives. We started using a material that last forever for functions that required minutes. My point is, the 1950s aren’t so long ago. These are relatively new habits. A teeny speck on the time spectrum of humans on Planet Earth. So it reeeeally shouldn’t be that hard to simply dial it back a notch. Adopt the sensible, more resourceful, less plastic habits of our grandparents. It isn’t that hard. It’s common sense. Here are some ideas inspired by yesteryears on how to store food without all the plastic.
Beeswax is a great alternative to plastic food wrap, which is used just once and thrown away 🐝 See the link in our story for @apartmenttherapy's really easy guide on how to make your own. All you need is beeswax beads, fabric & tools + an oven!
Ditch the plastic wrap, give beeswax a go! 🐝 The plastic wrap market in Australia is now valued at $51 million with 9/10 Australian households purchasing some kind of plastic wrap. Can you imagine how much of this is making its way into landfill and our waterways? 🐝 Beeswax has a long history of use for sealing, preserving for a variety of purposes. Ancient Egyptians used beeswax in a variety of ways, from preserving writing on papyrus, tablets & paintings, to sealing pots and mummification. In ancient China it was used as a medicinal ingredient and for wound treatment. Today it’s also used for candles, furniture and floor polishes, in cosmetics and food processing. 🐝 You can even make your own - check out our story for a tutorial on making beeswax paper at home. Cover photo by BeeBee. We encourage you to seek out local and small businesses (Etsy is a great place to look) or DIY when possible (see our next post). These are just ideas to get you started!
And still, sharks are being demonised, governments are killing sharks in nets and with drum lines, even though there are more humane methods of protecting people 🦈
There are so many alternatives out there these days! Paper, glass, stainless steel, silicone, bamboo, reed and other metals. Ditch the plastic, go reusable or don't use them at all! However, we would like to point out that straws can be essential tools for disabled people who may take longer to drink than a paper straw can handle, or need accessible options. #plasticfreeful #plasticsucks #plasticstraw #plasticpollution #goplasticfree
#bluethefilm will screen at Finland's Savonlinna International Nature film fest on August 18. Tickets via @luontoelokuvafestivaali or www.sinff.fi We'll drop a link in our insta story too! Photo: Jonatan Pie
Are you taking part in #PlasticFreeJuly? This month we’ll be sharing some of our favourite ways to live plastic free + sharing organisations you can connect with who are doing their part to make this world a bit more blue 💙 __________________ #Repost @plasticfreejuly ・・・ Avoid plastic packaged products - choose loose produce and products in paper packaging. It’s not always easy but check out local stores or farmers markets in your area to help you get started.