[...] Rockefeller cites the New Yorker article from 2006 entitled “The Darkening of the Sea” by Elizabeth Kolbert as a watershed in cultivating her interest in the ocean and morphing that into meaningful activism. “As a board member of Oceana and Chairwoman of the Ocean Council, I’m deeply committed to the health and wellbeing of our oceans. This allows me access to the most up-to-date and in-depth knowledge currently available on the state of our waters, both good and bad. When I first began working with Oceana, Barbara Ettinger and I co-produced the documentary “A Sea Change” on ocean acidification. This helped to educate people on the effects of carbon dioxide on our waters. To celebrate the completion of that film, I designed a mermaid pin, which I wore to an Oceana event. During an interview I was asked about the pin. I responded that I needed to believe in the existence of the mermaid because of what she represents: Mystery and Hope. Thus I followed this fascination with mermaids by writing and producing “Mission of Mermaids”. You can view the trailer for it here. [...]
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