SOURCE: Americas Business Council (ABC)

Americas Business Council (ABC)

August 26, 2009 17:42 ET

2009 Green Forum: The Oceans

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - August 26, 2009) - As challenges threaten the survival of the world's oceans, the Americas Business Council is bringing leaders and policymakers together to discuss the fundamental need to contain environmental impact on the earth's waters.

Organized by the Planet Initiative of the Americas Business Council (ABC) and National Geographic Society, together with event partners Oceana, University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the City of Miami, the "2009 Green Forum: The Oceans" will delve into the political and economic complexities of oceanic responsibility.

The two-day event, scheduled for August 26 and 27 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami, will draw together prominent leaders, activists, politicians and academics to participate in compelling round-table discussions about how to bring positive oceanic change.

"Its goal is to present a setting for the exchange of ideas, to discuss untapped economic opportunities and to showcase businesses that have benefited from a sustainable economic model," says Nicolas Ibarguen, President of the 2009 Green Forum: The Oceans and Director of the ABC Planet Initiative.

With some of the world's leading experts attending the event, such as Jean Michel Cousteau -- explorer, educator, film producer and son of the legendary Jacques Cousteau, Dr. Sylvia Earle -- National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence as a speaker and Honorary Chair, among others, the event will send a message of change to audiences worldwide.

"Like the Green movement, we need a blue revolution," says Cousteau.

The Green Forum has laid out an ambitious agenda consisting of panels and presentations, which will include a briefing about the effects of pollution and global warming on marine mammals and increasing dead zones, as well as the inherent problems in over-fished waters. The sessions also aim to discuss the sustainable management of fisheries and economic growth opportunities present in using oceans to generate energy. They also will touch on the dire consequences of not having a political leadership to make the goal of sustainability a reality.

"We've got to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50 years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us," explains Dr. Earle.

The ABC Planet Initiative and "2009 Green Forum: The Oceans" is led by the co-chairmen of the ABC -- Grupo Televisa's Emilio Azcarraga, Grupo Mega's Guillermo Romo, Telefonica S.A.'s Cesar Alierta, Telecorporacion Salvadorena's Juan Carlos Eserski and Omnilife's Aneglica Fuentes and Jorge Vergara.

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