Ted Danson Save The Oceans, Feed The World
In 1982, Ted Danson landed his breakthrough role as Sam Malone, the charming bartender on the hit TV series Cheers. Since then, Danson has gone on to appear in many popular movies and TV shows including, CSI: Crime Scene Investigations and the cult favourite, Curb Your Enthusiasm. While acting has been a big part of Danson’s professional life for over forty years, perhaps his greatest legacy will come from his commitment to his personal passion — environmentalism.
Growing up as the son of an archaeologist and anthropologist, from an early age Danson was acutely aware of the symbolic relationship between man and Earth. However it wasn’t until years later, when he had his own family, that he truly discovered his calling as an environmentalist and ocean advocate. “In 1984, I moved with my family to Santa Monica Canyon, where we lived about ten blocks from the Pacific Ocean. One day, my daughters and I were out for a walk when we found out the beach was closed due to pollution. They couldn’t understand and asked me how the beach could be closed. I didn’t know either. So, I began to look for answers — and that was my first step into ocean activism” shares Danson.
Soon after, Danson met environmental lawyer, Robert Sulnick, and became involved in a movement to prevent digging for oil wells in Santa Monica. From there the pair went on to create the American Oceans Campaign, which eventually merged with the global non-profit, Oceana in 2001. Dedicated to returning our oceans to former levels of abundance, Oceana focuses on the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Primarily, Oceana fights for policies that protect important ocean creatures, secures some of the largest marine protected areas in the world and establishes science-based fishery management in countries across the planet.
Danson, who has served on the Board of Directors for more than fifteen years, has been instrumental in Oceana’s success. Not only has he appeared in public service announcements and testified to the government on the condition of our oceans, but his book, Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them, has helped raise awareness about the specific courses of action we can take to become active, responsible stewards of our oceans. Having personally witness many of the non-profit’s milestones, the actor is adamant they are on the right track. “Oceana’s model works. Since the organization was founded in 2001, we’ve grown into the largest international organization dedicated to ocean conservation, won nearly 200 significant policy victories and protected more than 3.5 million square miles of ocean” boasts Danson.
Not only is it crucial that we protect the biodiversity of our oceans for future generations, research suggests our wellbeing in the near future could depend on it. Since 1996, the number of fish caught in our oceans has been declining — largely due to overfishing and mismanagement.
This presents some serious concerns as the U.N. estimates, the world’s population will increase by 33 percent by 2050.
The same policies that protect habitat and promote healthy oceans will also help deliver a sustainable source of food to future generations. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. Ted Danson
With another 2.4 billion mouths to feed, our oceans will be pushed beyond their limits. Luckily, studies show that by implementing sciencebased management we can potentially increase the global fish catch by 15 percent over current levels.2 Through the “Save the Oceans, Feed the World” campaign, Oceana seeks to rebuild the world’s oceans so they can provide a healthy seafood meal to over a billion people each day in a way that is truly sustainable. To begin, Oceana is focusing its efforts on the places that reap the greatest benefit. Since ninety percent of the world’s wild seafood is caught in just 29 countries and the European Union, progress in these locations will have a dramatic worldwide impact. 3 Oceana helps restore fisheries by stopping overfishing, reducing bycatch, protecting habitat and stopping pollution. By promoting responsible fishing practices, Oceana is protecting biodiversity in the oceans and safeguarding fisheries as a valuable source of food and jobs for the future.
A restored ocean means that 1 billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together, we can save the oceans and help feed the world. Become an Oceana supporter. Share what you learn with your family and friends. Learn how to take action on behalf of the oceans and find out how your eating habits can help make a difference. Visit oceana.org today.