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July 22, 2021 • 6:30 p.m. • Simons Theatre, New England Aquarium

Countdown to 2030: Leveraging Art and Creativity for the Ocean Decade

America and the world are racing to protect 30 percent of our lands, waters, and ocean by 2030 in order to prevent mass extinctions and bolster resilience to climate change. To achieve such a bold goal, we need to spread awareness of the challenges facing our natural world and inspire humans to preserve it. As we embark on the ocean decade and countdown to 2030, art and creativity can provide the catalyst we need.


Akira Biondo
Director of Operations, PangeaSeed Foundation

Priscilla Brooks
Vice President and Director of Ocean Conservation, Conservation Law Foundation

Linda Cabot
Founder and President, Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

Kannan Thiruvengadam
Community Engagement and Environmental Resilience Strategist, Sea Walls Boston

Richard Vevers
Founder and CEO, The Ocean Agency

Moderated by:

Dr. John Mandelman, Ph.D.
Vice President and Chief Scientist, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, New England Aquarium

A cash bar will be available in the lobby of the Simons Theatre from 6-9 p.m.


These programs are made possible due to the generous support of the Lowell Institute. Founded in 1836 with a mission to inform the populace regardless of gender, race, or economic status, the Lowell Institute has reached thousands of Boston-area residents by sponsoring free public lectures and other educational programs.

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