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Fierce Urgency of Now 2020 Event Listing
MCAF Fellow Anna Oposa


(Photo: Anna Oposa)

Fierce Urgency of Now Festival


Sustaining Our AdvocaSea In A
Digital World

Friday, September 18, 2020

6:00 PM: Film screening likely via private Vimeo link for registrants (Film is 52 mins long)
7:00 PM: Panel with Anna Oposa
7:20 PM: Q and A with audience

The New England Aquarium (NEAq) aims to highlight and support ocean conservation leaders across the globe who are engaged in place-based conservation and advocacy. Our F.U.N. Festival event will feature NEAq Marine Conservation Action Fund (MCAF) Fellow Anna Oposa, Chief Mermaid, Executive Director, and Co-Founder of Save Philippines Seas and her new documentary film “Anna and the Thresher Shark.” The film showcases Anna’s pioneering on-the-ground, community-based efforts to strengthen the Philippines’ first shark sanctuary, one that she was instrumental in bringing about in 2015. After the film, we will hold a live panel with Anna to discuss the challenges and innovative solutions for sustaining and growing community-based initiatives in what has become an even more digital world during the time of COVID. This conversation will be followed by a live Q and A with the audience.

About the speaker: Anna is the Executive Director and “Chief Mermaid” of Save Philippine Seas, a movement to protect the Philippines’ coastal and marine resources by mobilizing seatizen-led initiatives for collective action and behavior change. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English Studies from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (2011) and earned a master of science degree in Conservation Science from Imperial College London through the Chevening Scholarship (2014-2015). She was a Global Fellow for Marine Conservation at Duke University for the summer term of 2017. Anna has pioneered a wide range of campaigns and projects in shark conservation, environmental education, youth empowerment, and waste management. Outside SPS, she has served as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, Oceana Philippines, and Climate Change Commission. She is also passionate about working out, wearing sunscreen every day, and data visualization. Her puns are always intended.

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