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If Mermaids Could Speak: Susan Rockefeller on Protecting Our Oceans, Her New Jewelry Line and How it's All Connected

Save the planet: a phrase so incredibly common that the words have been nearly bastardized into simply being the motto of hippies and Earth Month every year. It is easy to forget all of the things that are happening around us and how the things we do as a part of our everyday lives affect the world we live in.  

There are many causes looking for champions and foot soldiers; people who do a lot or a little, but all towards the same goal of improving circumstances or making a change on a larger scale. Perhaps one of the most important ones, our vast oceans are demanding our love and attention and Susan Rockefeller is making it her mission to deliver through general activism, documentary film-making, raising awareness and her latest endeavor: her new "Dive Deep" fine jewelry collection

It is easy to see the why in all of this. The impact the oceans have on our wellbeing and surroundings is staggering and perhaps the most important thing that it gives us is not food (although that does come in at the top of the list) according to Susan, it is "the air we breathe. Fifty percent of our oxygen comes from our oceans – that’s every other breath we take." It seems silly to think that there would be individuals out there that may not care about something so important as the air we breathe, but in case that isn’t enough, "the oceans also regulate our climate, feed over a billion people, hold potential breakthroughs in medicine, provide employment to millions of people, and are home to a diversity of marine life that mystify and delight." 

While some people think of space as the "final frontier," (you just heard William Shatner’s voice just now, didn’t you?) many forget that we have barely scraped the surface of what lies almost impenetrable beneath the waves. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports "for all of our reliance on the ocean, 95 percent of this realm remains unexplored, unseen by human eyes." Yet 70 percent of the Earth is in fact ocean. Anyone who watches NatGeo has undoubtedly already heard those statistics and they probably caught your attention for a second or so, but take a moment to really absorb what that means. 

What if we are literally destroying the answers to some of the greatest mysteries, diseases or economic issues of our time? Or of our children’s time? Last year The Atlantic highlighted a few fun facts courtesy of oceanographer David G. Gallo, one of which included that 297 new species were once discovered in a single column of volcanic rock in the depths of the ocean. "It's strange talking to people who study the deep sea," author Conor Friedersdorf wrote, "because of the sudden realization that one knows very little about it — to have explored the moon before the sea floor seems counterintuitive." People are certainly interested in ocean exploration; otherwise the Discovery Channel would simply eliminate it from their programming. But let’s face it, when NASA launches anything into space it makes headlines. But when NOAA launches a submersible or new ocean exploration platform? Crickets. Public interest is just not where it needs to be in order to fuel more rapid change.

Courtney Driver

Courtney Driver combines her passion for luxury with her love for writing as the Executive Editor for JustLuxe. An authority on the luxury lifestyle, Driver's travel experience has come to encompass visits to some of the most lavish properties in the world, exclusive transportation methods such as helicopter and private jet, as well as exotic locales like Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. Having...(Read More)

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