ANSWERS THE QUESTION “WHAT DOES THE OCEAN DO FOR HUMANS?”
Want to learn more about the value of the Earth’s ocean? It’s easy with the new video titled “Ocean Ecosystem Services.” This smart new 4 minute film engages people and helps to teach them how to get involved in saving the ocean habitat.
To increase awareness and understanding of ocean ecosystem services, GOMA’s Ecosystems Integration and Assessment and Environmental Education teams joined forces in the development of learning tools easily comprehensible by and accessible to educators and the general public alike.
The Socio-Economics Group (SEG) at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) was awarded a grant from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to make ecosystem services videos available in different languages for different ethnicities that live on the Gulf of Mexico coast. Dr. David Yoskowitz, HRI Endowed Chair for Socio-Economics and member of the Ecosystems Team is “very pleased to announce the release of these ecosystem services videos that were devised to enhance the understanding of the importance of ecosystem services provided by our regional natural resources.”
The video “Ocean Ecosystem Services” was originally produced by HRI Lauren Hutchison and Brittany Blomberg in English (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGOjXZweryQ) and is now available also in Spanish (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oN9g_i3tjI). This video explores the ecosystem services of the ocean through the eyes of a shark and her friendly pilot fish companions. Ocean ecosystem services are the contributions that directly and indirectly support, sustain, and enrich human life, such as: food, climate and gas regulation, scientific and educational opportunities and cultural services like aesthetic beauty and recreational opportunities.
Additionally, the SEG translated in English (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgzfsKHfAtw) and Vietnamese (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCoNdUjtcVo&feature=youtu.be) the Spanish video “Servicios ecosistémicos, nuestra conexión vital con la biodiversidad” originally created by the Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander Von Humboldt, Colombia. This video highlights the importance of biodiversity, a complex web of relationships and ecological processes, in affecting the well-being of society through the provision of ecosystem services. “For its simple language and its striking images, this video can be easily shared amongst those who are not familiar with topics related to biodiversity.”