Earthzine is covering the Oceans 17 conference in Anchorage, Alaska.
Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot reminded conference attendees that we are all indigenous people on island Earth as he kicked off the plenary session on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Mallot introduced Nainoi Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Pwo navigator.
In 1980, Thompson helped fuel a renewed interest in traditional navigation when he became the first Hawaiian to rely on Polynesian navigation while sailing in a double-hulled canoe in 600 years. He has been a fierce advocate for protecting ocean resources, believing that traditional ways of knowing partnered with new scientific approaches will save the planet. To Thompson, failing to take action on climate change poses a greater threat to humanity than facing hurricanes and pirates in a canoe while sailing the globe.
Down in the exhibition hall, there was lots to see – from smart fins for citizen science projects to next-generation NeXOS sensors, Saildrones, gliders and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).
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