Oceans 360

                                        Oceans 360°

“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 Dioum, 1968)

Oceans 360° is an educational project sponsored by the Lions of Gir Foundation.

The problem:  The world’s oceans and the living creatures that inhabit it continue to deteriorate.  Coral bleaching is spreading at an alarming rate, vast plums of floating garbage are continually being discovered, and once abundant fish stocks are disappearing.

When oceans are in trouble, humans are too. Millions of people around the globe depend on the oceans for food.  Fifty percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from the photosynthesis of phytoplankton.  As the oceans warm, phytoplankton populations will be significantly affected and the populations of creatures that depend on phytoplankton will decline. 

Educating people: It is imperative that we help people understand the issues involved in a way that engages them. Showing people the beauty and the fragility of the oceans, and using awe-inspiring technology, will leave them with a better appreciation of the issues involved and a desire to conserve the world’s oceans.

The plan:  The Lions of Gir Foundation (named after the near extinct Asiatic lions of the Gir Forest of India) plans to produce very high resolution, short duration, 360° videos shot underwater by scientists and underwater photographers for use by STEM programs, classroom science education programs, museums, and aquariums around the globe. 

The videos will be provided at no charge to educational institutions to be seen by as many people as possible. The camera will be loaned to scientists and photographers at no charge for this project. The 360° videos can be viewed online, on mobile devices, or by using inexpensive 360° viewers.

How you can help:  The immediate need is to raise $17,500 for the purchase of a special high resolution, underwater, 360° camera, the Boxfish.  The first films will be shot on an expedition to Antarctica leaving on January 1, 2018.   

All donations for the Oceans 360 project are tax deductable.  100% of your donation will go to this project.  The Lions of Gir Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Ruth Magdi 
    • $25 
    • 44 mos
  • Jane Burton 
    • $50 
    • 44 mos
  • Laura Walsh 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
  • Catherine Thompson 
    • $1,000 
    • 45 mos
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    • $50 
    • 45 mos
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Steve Mandel 
Soquel, CA
Lions of Gir Foundation Inc 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
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