Abstract Title

Session S-05I: Education, Communication, and Citizen Science

Presenter/Author Information

Guila MuirFollow

Keywords

Citizens/Education

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Description

Outside the realm of scientists, environmentalists, and activists, a surprising but dynamic group of individuals is equally invested in the health of the Salish Sea. This group of “aquatic animals” puts our bodies where our beliefs are by swimming in Puget Sound. Our group includes elite swimmers who have crossed the Straight of San Juan de Fuca as well as "weekend warriors" who swim along Alki Beach year-round, many without wetsuits. Because of our passion for our sport, we partner with community groups, learn from cutting-edge science, and advocate for the health of Puget Sound. We comprise the “total immersion” piece of the advocacy puzzle. This unique, 12-minute overview highlights how a successful small business has revived the sport of open-water swimming in Puget Sound and how this supports essential environmental action. As a result of the session, the audience will: • Discover the explosion of swim races and other events in the Salish Sea, from Canada and the US; • Creatively imagine how to leverage the recreational use of Puget Sound into educational messages; • Brainstorm ways to partner with and exploit the burgeoning business of open-water swimming in the Salish Sea.

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May 1st, 5:00 PM May 1st, 6:30 PM

Humans as Aquatic Animals: Puget Sound as a Recreational Paradise

Room 6C

Outside the realm of scientists, environmentalists, and activists, a surprising but dynamic group of individuals is equally invested in the health of the Salish Sea. This group of “aquatic animals” puts our bodies where our beliefs are by swimming in Puget Sound. Our group includes elite swimmers who have crossed the Straight of San Juan de Fuca as well as "weekend warriors" who swim along Alki Beach year-round, many without wetsuits. Because of our passion for our sport, we partner with community groups, learn from cutting-edge science, and advocate for the health of Puget Sound. We comprise the “total immersion” piece of the advocacy puzzle. This unique, 12-minute overview highlights how a successful small business has revived the sport of open-water swimming in Puget Sound and how this supports essential environmental action. As a result of the session, the audience will: • Discover the explosion of swim races and other events in the Salish Sea, from Canada and the US; • Creatively imagine how to leverage the recreational use of Puget Sound into educational messages; • Brainstorm ways to partner with and exploit the burgeoning business of open-water swimming in the Salish Sea.