Dallas, TX (PRWEB) September 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.
Texas-based experts will present a panel discussion “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 ocean offers a greater biodiversity of life than anything terrestrial on earth and disrupting any part of this ecosystem can affect us in ways we don't understand,” said panel moderator Amy King of Nested Strategies. “It is vital that social entrepreneurs and other change agents take a systems-thinking approach to these challenges and opportunities. At SXSW Eco, our panelists will look at innovative practices that can leverage big change in any system for any cause."
"People should walk away with perspective on how actions outside of the ocean affect the oceanic system, what's at stake and how they can apply principles and tools of social innovation to ocean conservation, or their particular cause," added King.
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.
"We hope that attendees will walk away more informed about challenges in ocean conservation and be inspired to use principles of epic social innovation for their own movement or cause," says King.
Representing the diversity of practices and passion involved in ocean conservation, the panelists include:
About SXSW Eco:
South by Southwest (SXSW) is world renowned for cutting edge cultural, music, interactive, and film conferences and festivals. For SXSW Eco, it employs this experience in creating dynamic forums for innovation and collaboration to likewise serve the sustainability community. SXSW Eco presents a diverse array of interrelated programming. With this diverse programming comes a unique set of participants with which to connect. The laid back atmosphere facilitates open discussion which has led to a number of unexpected collaborations and projects. For more information, go to http://sxsweco.com/.