Our Ocean Our Sanctuary Our Community

A skyview of the Farallone Islands, above water portion of this National Marine Sanctuary

A skyview of the Farallone Islands, above water portion of this National Marine Sanctuary

It’s a bigger subject than any blog could cover, but we’ll try to start the ball rolling. Time and time again we hear the Ocean is in trouble…and it’s absolutely true. How do we get the information out and who’s going to fund the process?  Video is one of the strongest forms of outreach available. Nielsen posits that the average American family watches over 6 hours of television per day. A chunk of that viewing is now moving over to computers…witness the millions of videos uploaded to YouTube on a weekly basis. Video is what people are seeking to inform and entertain themselves. However, the standard broadcast motto of “if it bleeds it leads” just doesn’t seem appropriate for saving our Oceans. We need to balance the “crisis call” with positive news about how people are making a difference;  how beautiful many areas of Ocean still are, and how Sanctuaries and marine preservation areas are able to remedy sections of Ocean that were in trouble. The Big 5 networks currently dominating television broadcasting in the USA aren’t going to devote a hefty portion of their money machines to saving the Ocean. That’s where Community Television steps in. Public, Educational and Government access could be the grassroots foundation for furthering the agenda of the Environmental Movement to save our Oceans. Look what Community Media did for Democracy …making transparency in government as common as cartoons for kids.  Access Monterey Peninsula has taken the cause of saving FlowerCoralour Ocean into our core mission. . Our first step was to create a program called “Your Sanctuary“. Fortunately, it was enjoyed by most who viewed it and  the program carriage grew to over 85 stations. But a single program can’t give Community Media Centers sufficient muscle to knock the ball out of the park. We need a constant and consistent stream of Ocean Conservation video. This was the motivation behind starting “Your Sanctuary TV”. To launch a portal of quality Ocean Conservation video that Community Media Centers across the country and throughout the globe can visit and download quality content free of charge…that’s right…FREE, because none of us has the funding to purchase programming.. We invite you to visit yoursanctuarytv.org, We also welcome content creators to join us in this effort. Our current inventory numbers over 100 programs of varying length;  from 2-minute shorts to over 80 “30-minute” programs. So if you would like extra distribution for your program, contact us at this blog. Please join us as we take this first swing at saving our most precious natural resource. Community Media Centers can make a difference and joining together to save the Ocean starts right now.

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The USA Will Be Okay So Let’s Create a PNN (Positive News Network)

 

YoungPeople2In spite of what we see on the local and national news, if the maxim that our future is  our next generations holds true, I’ve seen some great evidence that the USA will be okay in the coming years. First time I mentioned this was a month ago. Having experienced the Next Generation Jazz Festival presented by Monterey Jazz Festival for nearly 50 hours from Friday through Sunday, I was introduced to a fresh-faced, polite, passionate group of young musicians. This experience was enough to bolster my beliefs in the future of our country. Now, it’s time to sound the trumpet once again. For the past several weeks, our television station and internet sites have been abuzz about an event taking place today, May 5th. It’s a benefit for the Salvation Army, and includes a lineup of 3 local bands whose members are in their teens, several still in high school. They’re performing simply for their love of music and to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The organizer of this wonderful event is Aaron Dally, a talented young musician. The benefit is Aaron’s Eagle Scout project. His father, Dave Dally is one of the foremost musical forces of the Central Coast. Along with being a virtuoso on violin, Dave conducts the MPC Orchestra, several strings groups, and plays in a multiplicity of bands including Monterey International and the  Monterey String Quartet. Like the Next Generation musicians, Aaron is passionate, ambitious and also polite. He refers to me as “Mr. Ellzey”. Since my own son started calling me Steve when he was 12 years old, having a young person refer to me as “Mr. Ellzey” really sets them apart from the crowd.

So if you’d like to hear some great music, dance a little, and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, come to the Carmel Youth Center today, May 5th from 2:30p to 5p. Please bring clothes or food as a donation. And get ready to experience some talented, passionate, young musicians, who will make you realize the USA’s going to be in good hands when we pass on the baton. And I include my own son in that group. He completed his Eagle Scout project last year and is one of the talented young  musicians donating his time today for the cause. For this I say, the USA will be okay, despite the gnarly headlines and if-it-bleeds-it-leads stories on our local news. Maybe it’s time to create PNN….Positive News Network, where we hear all about the Aaron Dally’s of the world…..what do you think….are we ready for that?

Waterways Adds New Worlds to Your Sanctuary TV

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Sponge, coral, and searod – Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Staff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your Sanctuary TV has added a content partner that will bring new worlds of wildlife, color and historic sites to the video vault. Waterways, (a co-production of the National Park Service, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and the Environmental Protection Agency) has agreed to allow Your Sanctuary TV to distribute 66 episodes of their spectacular program. Produced by the talented Erik Hutchins of Keys Digital Video, the program is brimming with underwater photography, wildlife images, and tightly scripted stories of the Southern Florida ocean and Everglades National Park. Here’s how  a Waterways brochure describes the program:

” For more than 15 years, “Waterways” has been educating viewers on the wonders of the world’s third largest coral reef, the diverse and colorful marine life that call it home, and centuries of cultural and maritime heritage. Experience cutting edge research and conservation from the comfort of your home! Learn how scientists are combating invasive species, protecting endangered animals, and promoting sustainable use of America’s great natural treasures. Get up close and personal with lionfish, alligators and panthers, or discover the secrets of historic forts and shipwrecks.”

“We are so grateful and so excited to welcome Waterways into the Your Sanctuary TV family”, said Executive Producer Steve Ellzey. “Having a program with such high production values and informative stories is absolutely  fabulous!”

Your Sanctuary TV, a repository of Ocean and Earth Conservation Video and Information, is set to launch on June 8th which is World Oceans Day.

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