Green Drinks – Save the Oceans: Feed the World

We have two special guests with us this February! Andy Sharpless, CEO of Oceana, the largest international organization working solely to protect the world’s oceans, will be in town and is speaking on conserving our oceans, while Casson Trenor, Senior Markets Campaigner from Greenpeace USA, will speak on a surprise topic!

About Andy’s talk 
How will we feed nine billion people in 2050? Wild seafood can be the world’s healthiest and most sustainable protein. And yet we are fishing our oceans into oblivion. Andy Sharpless presents a plan to protect our wild seafood supply as well as prevent the oceans from collapse in the coming decades.

For this month, our session is on a Wednesday, we hope you can join us!!

Date: 22 February 2012 (Wednesday)
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm (talk will be followed by Q&A, then mingling)
Venue: Artery bar, #01-04 Red Dot Traffic Building, 28 Maxwell Road
RSVP: At our Facebook event page or via email at olivia@greendrinkssingapore.com

About Andy Sharpless
“We will prevent the collapse of the oceans. In just 10 years, our over 100 full time advocates working on three continents have made significant headway. To date, we’ve protected over 1.4 million square mile (3.6m sq km) of ocean habitat from destructive fishing practices and we’ve signed on more than 500,000 committed members and e-activists from over 150 countries and territories.” — Andrew F. Sharpless, CEO of Oceana

“What is exciting about this issue is that saving the oceans is the most serious environmental problem that the world faces for which there is a politically achievable solution,” said Sharpless.

We have been extracting life from our oceans at an unsustainable rate and damaging feeding, spawning and nursery habitats whilst doing so. Pollutants are continuing to wash into the sea, the world’s fisheries are nearing collapse, and populations of important species like marlin and tuna are down 90% from 1950’s levels. The good news is that we know what the problems are, we know what to do. This is a fixable problem.

Sharpless’ earliest professional aspirations were to lead a public interest advocacy group. He first served as a grassroots organizer at the Center for Study of Responsive Law. Sharpless also helped lead the launch of the Wisconsin Citizens Utility Board in the early 1980’s and then served as deputy director of development at People for the American Way.

A graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the London School of Economics, Sharpless later worked for five years at McKinsey & Co., serving the needs of a variety of corporate, non-profit and governmental clients. Then, as Vice President of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York, he helped transform that unique facility when it opened its new building in 1991. Sharpless subsequently became one of the founding managers of RealNetworks, the Seattle-based pioneer in the field of online music and video play-back technology. Following RealNetworks, Sharpless led Discovery.com – the online division of Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Health and The Travel Channel. Sharpless became chief executive officer of Oceana in September of 2003.

Based on his years of experience leading some of the nation’s most cutting edge businesses, advocacy organizations and non-profits, Sharpless brought a focused management model to Oceana: “The downfall of many environmental organizations is that they spread themselves too thin and do just enough to fail. We set up Oceana as a campaign-focused organization that sets tangible policy goals and directs the attention and resources we need to succeed.”

Oceana has staff in Alaska; Washington DC; Santiago, Chile; Belize; Brussels, Belgium; Madrid, Spain and the Baltic office in Copenhagen, Denmark. Oceana is supported and funded by charitable foundations including Oak, Marisla, Zennstrom and Arcadia together with corporations such as Nautica and Patagonia.

About Casson Trenor
From saving the whales of the Antarctic to studying the salmon of Alaska, Casson Trenor has worked to support stewardship of our marine resources across the globe. Trenor has stalked the fetid warehouses of Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, spent two months journeying by ship through the icy waters of Antarctica, berthed on leaking wrecks off the African coast, and gone octopus fishing with holy men on the Island of Yap. In hundreds of conversations with fishermen around the world, he has heard one statement repeated time and time again:

“The fish are gone.”

These four words led Trenor to realize that the oceans are in dire need of our help.

Trenor holds the position of Senior Markets Campaigner with Greenpeace USA, where he spearheads the organization’s efforts to hold restaurants and supermarkets accountable for their seafood sustainability practices and to help educate the public about the global fisheries crisis. He is a frequent commentator on sustainable seafood issues and has been featured
in regional, national, and international media outlets, including CNN, NPR, Forbes, New York Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Tampa Tribune, UTNE Reader, Hemispheres, Tokyo Weekender, Kochi Shimbun, and Edible San Francisco.

Trenor is the author of Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving the Oceans One Bite at a Time, a pocket guide that enables consumers to dine with confidence at the sushi bar. He also owns and maintains www.sustainablesushi.net, a popular blog and reference website concentrating on sushi and ocean conservation. In addition, Trenor writes articles for numerous other websites and publications, such as his monthly For the Oceans column at alternet.org.

In an effort to bring sustainable sushi out of the conceptual realm and into the Amerian foodscape, Trenor founded the world’s first sustainable sushi restaurant, San Francisco’s Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar, in February 2008. He has also converted two “conventional” sushi bars – Seattle’s Mashiko and Miya’s in New Haven, CT – into sustainable sushi operations. In October 2010, Trenor opened Tataki South, a venture that expanded the concept of sustainable sushi as a fine dining experience; and in May 2011, Trenor co-founded Ki, the world’s first sustainability-themed izakaya. This allowed Trenor the opportunity to transcend traditional sushi establishments and to champion sustainability and environmental responsibility within the nightlife industry. November 2011 saw the opening of Tataki Canyon, the third
restaurant under the Tataki banner, through which Trenor concentrates on fully aligning sushi and Japanese culinary tradition with seasonal California offerings and community-focused cuisine.

In October 2009, Trenor was awarded the title “Hero of the Environment” by TIME Magazine, and in August 2010, Trenor received a Congressional Commendation and the “Ocean Protection Hero” award from the well-respected environmental organization Save Our Shores. Documentarist Mark Hall’s 2011 award-winning film Sushi: The Global Catch focuses extensively on Trenor, glowingly showcasing his work within the sustainable sushi movement. Trenor is also a primary focus of Peter Young’s forthcoming Antarctic conservation documentary The Last Ocean, as well as a main character in Peter Heller’s book, The Whale Warriors – a factual account of the exploits of one small, rusty ship determined to take on the entire Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean in 2005-2006.

Born in Washington State and living in San Francisco, Casson speaks five languages, has traveled to over fifty countries, and holds an MA in International Environmental Policy from the prestigious Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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