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Forum Hosts Vancouver Aquarium President and CEO

    Local News    April 4, 2018

Salt Spring Islanders know the importance of healthy oceans. Indeed, many Salt Spring residents are protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, which if completed will add hundreds of oil tankers to the Salish Sea each year.

The threat of oil spills is but one of many challenges facing our oceans. Overfishing, climate change, and plastics are other serious concerns.

John Nightingale has led the Vancouver Aquarium (now “Ocean Wise”) for more than two decades. On Saturday, April 7th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring, he joins the Salt Spring Forum in a deep-reaching conversation about the health of the oceans – and how we can transform our relationship to them.

No stranger to challenges, Nightingale has led the world’s most important aquarium from being a showcase for performing orcas to being a globally-oriented conservation organization.

A professional biologist and top-flight communicator, Nightingale has engaged and informed millions of people about the oceans and aquatic life – all in pursuit of conservation.

Under Nightingale’s leadership, the Vancouver Aquarium has become one of the “greenest” civic institutions in Canada. Its history, collections, and advanced research programs contribute greatly to science and conservation.

Ocean Wise, the umbrella organization to which the Vancouver Aquarium belongs, has many programs and initiatives, including research, education, a sustainable seafood initiative, and more.

Ocean Wise’s newest campaign is called Plastic Wise. As John Nightingale will explain, plastics are entering our oceans at a rate of one dump truck-full per minute, and this is a problem that each and every one of us can help solve.

Please join John Nightingale in conversation to find out what you can do to protect our oceans!

Tickets at ArtSpring – 250-537-2102 and online – and Salt Spring Books. $15 – 2018 Members; $20 – General Public. (Students and low income residents contact saltspringforum@gmail.com.)

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