Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) June 30, 2013
SXSW Eco, a conference for professionals working to solve the complex challenges facing civil society, the economy and the natural world, will be held October 7 - 9, 2013 at the Austin Convention Center. A group of Texas-based ocean advocates announced today that they have been selected to present a panel discussion on “Ocean Conservation through Social Innovation” to the international audience of thought leaders and decision makers. Speaking from their unique vantage point as social entrepreneurs, the panelists will explore opportunities to connect with and protect the ocean through media & communication, consumer choices, eco-tourism, advocacy and education.
The panelists share the belief that oceans - the source of 70% of the world’s oxygen and the main source of protein for 2 billion people – require immediate attention on a variety of fronts. Presently, half of fish species are imperiled by climate change, overfishing, ocean acidification and toxic pollution. Addressing human behavior and innovation in conservation, the panel will touch on key areas of interest for the third-annual event, including themes of education, technology, health, business, climate change, energy, food, water, policy and activism.
“Conservation behavior calls for more than an ‘environmental’ response," says panel organizer Anna Clark. “It demands that we also explore our human potential and learn skills to enhance creativity, technology, commercialization and engagement - tactics that fall within the domain of the social innovator.”
Clark added, “While the necessity for ocean conservation has become more prominent, we need more than one-dimensional pollution control. We need answers to the essential questions: What roles can change agents can play in ocean conservation? Where are the needs and opportunities? What are the emerging technologies for fostering action and change?”
Representing the diversity of practices and passion involved in ocean conservation, the panelists include:
About SXSW Eco
SXSW Eco, taking place October 7 - 9, 2013 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, drives the conversation of sustainability beyond rhetoric and towards solutions by hosting an international audience of innovators and executive level decision makers from the public and private sectors as well as academia. SXSW Eco offers a unique opportunity for discovery, cutting-edge discussion, competitions, multimedia presentations and networking opportunities with experienced, passionate and pragmatic professionals. More information can be found at http://www.sxsweco.com.