10K80 by Chloé Sautereau July 1, 2021
Lodged on the 5th floor of NYC’s Lafayette Street, Parley for the Oceans is an environmental conservation and collaborative organization advocating for a critical cause: protecting our oceans.
The initiative was launched by Cyril Gutsch in 2012 hoping to encourage a business culture where sustainability is economically more attractive than pollution.
With recent events and the increasing awareness and urgency of the climate crisis, the platform is reaching new heights.
Parley believes in bringing together individuals from all arenas (scientists, creatives, governments, corporations, activists, etc.) to stimulate our collective creativity.
Indeed, science may be the source of understanding this ongoing emergency. But the organization’s spirit is rooted in finding solutions through our human imagination too.
“Artists, musicians, actors, filmmakers, fashion designers, journalists, architects, product inventors, and scientists have the tools to mold the reality we live in and to develop alternative business models and ecologically sensible products to give us earthlings an alternative choice, an everyday option to change something.”Parley for the Oceans
With these words spoken by Captain Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd, Parley events have united a plethora of influential voices.
From renowned independent adventurers and photographers to ecologists, artists, athletes, and environmental activists the organization is set to reach leaders and creatives around the world.
“Every second breath we take is generated by the oceans. The oceans give us life. We give them plastic. Let’s invent our way out of this. Together.”Parley’s Air Pledge
Something in the way we’ve led our lives until today has allowed us to believe we reign this planet, when truthfully we’re just “on board”. Like many other species, we’re here for the ride, but with one difference: most of them are essential for the Earth’s functioning.
Without them, we can’t be. Yet many of our everyday little activities are letting those vital elements perish slowly. Parley is about directing our energy to inspire an improved lifestyle rather than pave a single path solution to the climate crisis.
“Avoid, intercept, redesign” are the three key words to Parley’s advocacy for creativity and collaboration. For innovation. For step by step ideas and missions to be brought to life.
True as it may be, it is terribly overwhelming to think to ourselves “we have to save the planet,” since 70 percent of the Earth is water, and we know hardly more than what lies just beneath the surface of the oceans’ wonders.
Yet we continue to trash that unknown before getting to know it.
With cleanup programs in the Maldives, Argentina, Canada, Sri Lanka, as well as the US, only to name a few, there might be a project for you to join near home. The journey towards recovering life on this planet begins at its four corners and with each and every one of us.
And it doesn’t end there… Pitch your project, start a movement of your own, launch a fundraiser… If you have an idea, Parley is the place to have it heard.
The possibilities are endless, and excuses are few and far between. However small you start, your action in protecting our oceans matters. And Parley is here to inspire you and let you inspire others.