I was lucky to attend the 2020 Change Now event in Paris. It was an experience I wrote and spoke about as I processed how much of a transformative event it had actually been.

Change Now, the largest event for the planet, once again united more people and made another step forward in healing the planet by reuniting people and leading the way in the improvement of the planet.

In the middle of a pandemic the exercise this year was rescheduled, however rather than to keep postponing it, Change Now decided to go full digital.

I did attend and it…


The independent Republic of Palau, an island country located southeast of the Philippines, has recently decided to change their immigration process.

More specifically, every visitor now has to sign a pledge upon entering the country promising the children of Palau to respect and behave in a specific manner. Palau is the first nation on earth to change its immigration laws for the cause of environmental protection.

Practically, visitors need to sign a passport pledge to act in an ecologically and culturally responsible way on the island, for the sake of Palau’s children and future generations of Palauans.

This exercise has…


For those of you who enjoy documentaries, you should make the time to watch this one.

For those of you who do not usually watch documentaries but prefer series or movies, please make the time to watch Seaspiracy.

In all cases, Seaspiracy is the quickest education one can currently get into the topics of the Oceans, from marine pollution to plastic pollution, from the Fishing Industry to the multiple interpretations of the terms sustainable.

The exercise that the director Ali Tabrizi carries out accomplishes the same effect as one conducting personal research.

Very much as to when one gets into…


The term ‘Genius’ is not given out too often these days.

More often than not, it is used to describe someone of the past.

Albert Einstein or Leonardo Da Vinci, are typically the names that one associates with the term ‘Genius’.

Yet, I would strongly suggest that we definitely use the term ‘Genius’ when it comes to speaking of the man whose name is Ali Abdallla Skanda.

If the term genius still refers to exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability, Ali Abdalla Skanda perfectly illustrates the image of it.

While some would like to describe him as…


Perhaps it would be more accurate to say, ‘from the world of Jules Verne’s 20'000 Leagues under the Sea, to the actual exploration of the depths of the ocean, served to you on a television screen’.

Not that long ago, a movie called ‘the Odyssey’ retraced the story and life of the famous oceanographer Jacques Y. Cousteau.

I thought it was an entertaining movie and that it offered some great photography.

It was a nice and pleasant reminder of what the original documentaries and films were about in many ways.

Not to mention, a nice photographic experience of the beauty…


I recall being part of a series of exchanges with people in the Carribean and discussing the importance of the ocean. They were always surprised when people which are in or coming from landlocked countries spoke up and shared their ideas. Rest assured, many people in landlocked countries also fail to fully understand the vital role that the ocean has for the planet.

Just in case the Covid pandemic has not reminded us that we are all sharing one planet, another issue we either address globally or it just won’t get solved, the ocean has a greater role than just…


Once upon a time, a young child born within weeks after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and faced with the same challenges of survival as many other children at that time in the region, went on to becoming a global leader in the field of renewable energy solutions.

I first heard of Inna Braverman while listening to a podcast called WomenInTech, who is produced by the same leading creative genius and pionneer whose name is associated with WeAreLaTech, namely Espree Devora.

This was a few years back. Since then, Inna Braverman has been voicing her cause and her mission throughout Ted…


There have been people committed to keeping beaches clean for a long time. A lot of these people have been and will remain nameless. When we are lucky though, some of these people also share their work which is a great source of inspiration for the rest of us. Not only are these individuals taking care of the planet by taking care of our beaches and our oceans, but they are also raising awareness by sharing their exercise. A wonderful peaceful demonstration of sorts.

This beach cleanup exercise has since become an event, and even if some organizations refer to…


In the beginning…

In the beginning I was curious, so I started by simply nurturing my curiosity.

The curiosity turned into an interest and then into a bit of an obsession before shaping itself into a passion.

My knowledge was very limited. Besides enjoying the sea for a swim, sailing or the beach, I knew little more of what one could know by just being exposed to a documentary by Cousteau or Attenborough.

I started by asking myself the basic questions randomly, trying to identify what the problems were or could be. …


The name of Shaun Tomson may sound more familiar to some more than others. In short, Shaun Tomson is listed as one of the top 10 surfers of the century and one of the 25 most influential surfers.

He won the world surfing title in 1977 and has been considered within surfing as an innovator with his unique technique.

This is not the reason I am writing this note though.

Shaun Tomson is a successful entrepreneur and a strong proponent of environmentalism. Actually, he is a board member and ambassador for the outstanding Surfrider Foundation.

His entrepreneurial work is equally…

Phil Plumley

Environmentalist / Ocean Matters podcast / SDGs

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