“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught” – Baba Diuom, Sengalese forestry engineer
Understanding the reason behind action provides a clear vision of what we want to achieve. It creates deeper roots that aren’t easily swayed or distracted, which hopefully evolves into something greater: Passion. This is the focus and action-oriented behavior that the Save Palawan Seas Foundation wishes to encourage with Filipino youth through Planetang Dagat.
First released in 2012 at the Rio+ 20 Earth Summit by Hope Productions in partnership with other private institutions, the film Planet Ocean has since become a powerful instrument for education and awareness about conservation. Through the vision of renowned environmentalist, journalist, and photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the words of Michael Pitiot, a team of gifted videographers created this beautiful film that brings home the message of the undeniable connection of mankind with planet earth’s oceans and our birthright as its protectors.
The original film has won numerous awards including Best Cinematography at the Blue Ocean Festival, Audience Award at the UK Green Film Festival, Best Film at the Prague Festival, and First Prize at the “Save and Preserve” Film Festival in Russia. It has since been translated to many languages including French, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Czech, Russian, and Portuguese, to name a few.
The Filipino version of Planet Ocean is called Planetang Dagat. It is produced by Save Palawan Seas Foundation, which is supported by Jewelmer, one of the top three pearl producers in the world. The initiative is geared towards educating Filipino youth about the message of Planet Ocean in their native tongue, which is the medium of education of most public schools in the country.
“We want Filipino youth to really understand the importance of this relationship between our oceans and ourselves,” said Jacques Branellec, President of the Save Palawan Seas Foundation. “By translating the film to Filipino, we hope that we can encourage more children to be aware of their place in this world and to take action towards living a more earth-friendly lifestyle even as they grow up and have children of their own.”
SPSF is developing a module to accompany the film and to process even further the lessons learned within. The film and accompanying module will then be distributed to various learning institutions, first in Palawan, the home base of the foundation, and then to other schools and institutions in the Philippines.
“As pearl farmers, we work closely with the environment. In fact, the pearl is a living gem—an indicator of the health of our planet. Upon its surface, you can read the story of the environment: every typhoon, oil spill, and dynamite blast that kills our corals,” said Branellec.”It is created through a symbiotic relationship between man and nature, in the same way the future health of our planet is dependent on our partnership with Mother Nature.”
The Save Palawan Seas Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2006. Among the organization’s goals is to provide sustainable livelihood practices for their partner communities, which allows them to make a living while at the same time preserving natural resources. The foundation also aims to educate about conservation in order to ignite passionate action and inspire true change.
For more information please visit www.savepalawanseasfoundation.org