This is the seventh in a series of posts about this yearâ€™s Ocean Hero finalists.
Last week I highlighted our adult Ocean Hero finalists, so this week itâ€™s the juniorsâ€™ turn. First up is 13-year-old Ayla Besemer, who may just be the next Al Gore -- for the oceans. (Except she is way cuter.)
Inspired by the beauty of the creatures in the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the documentary â€śAn Inconvenient Truth,â€ť 13-year-old Ayla and her friend Simon created â€śSave Our Seas,â€ť an interactive presentation kids everywhere can give that highlights ocean threats and 15 actions kids can take today.
To date, Ayla has given her â€śSave Our Seasâ€ť presentation to more than 1,500 people in seven states and the Bahamas.
As Time reports this week, according to box office figures, the oceans have eclipsed George Clooney in popularity this week -- at least in France.
More than 100,000 people went to see Jacques Perrin's new documentary, OcĂ©ans, in its first 48 hours in French theaters, which is double the number that went to see Clooney's Up in the Air. (They opened the same day).
OcĂ©ans is the culmination of two years of planning, four years of filming, which included 70 expeditions to 54 shooting locations. The film banks on the beauty of the oceans (plus the skill of the crew and some fancy equipment) to convince viewers that ocean conservation is paramount. Not surprisingly, the technique works, say the critics.
Perrin produced the 1996 documentary, Microcosmos, which followed insects at close range, and 2001â€™s acclaimed Winged Migration.
As a documentary buff and ocean lover, Iâ€™m marking my calendar: the film opens in the U.S. on Earth Day, April 22.