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Imagination Meets Impact

Oceans Tomorrow will connect Marine Conversation, Arts & Education in a Creativity meets Conservation Workshop, that will bring Hong Kong students closer to the uniqueness of their culture shaped by the sea.

Meet The Mentors

Our National Geographic Explorers, artists, innovators and changemakers unite through the lens of conservation and connect to the local communities with the power of creativity, innovation and collaboration. They will lead the sessions and immerse students to unlock their creativity as well as inspire people to protect Hong Kong’s unique marine biodiversity.


"As a singer-songwriter, it's impossible not to think of the ocean in the context of music. Marine animals communicate with sound; whale songs sound like choirs in a cathedral, and waves add percussive elements that can either crash or soothe. Whenever I get writer's block, I'll go for a jog along the waterfront in Hong Kong, take a ride on the Star Ferry, or just sit on a rock beside the sea and I'll almost always manage to come up with a few song ideas."


"I've always been passionate about nature, so a calling to be sensitive to our environment has always been a part of me. I started scuba diving when I was very young, which opened my eyes to this fantastic underwater world. My relationship with the ocean is also quite emotional: it moves me the way superb art does. And there's no place like Hong Kong, where lush mountains and breathtaking ocean surrounds us in every direction."


"Kayaking in Hong Kong has connected me to the sea, but it's also exposed the harsh reality of threatened species. Stories from retired fishing folk echo the National Geographic Explorers' advocacy in Oceans Tomorrow. My concept development process incorporates these experiences with a media-agnostic approach; cross-media content designed to connect deeper with people. This has resulted in an interactive and collaborative art piece with a purposely empty Hong Kong backdrop left for people to fill with their local sea life illustrations. The intention: to show how your actions can create the ideal oceans of tomorrow for future generations."


"I fell in love with Hong Kong and I realized it is the best place in the world to develop ocean technologies. It turns out that the Pearl River Delta is incredibly beautiful and biodiverse. I've had the opportunity to work on seabed radioactivity in the Fukushima area, robots and AI to map coral reefs in the Philippines, develop technologies to measure ocean plastic pollution, and, most recently, prototyped a floating solar-power-to-hydrogen plant that also grows oysters underwater in Hong Kong. The climate emergency requires that we invent technologies to reverse the current destruction of the ocean. This means using both our creative and our rational scientific minds and collaborating to achieve that goal."


"I've lived in Hong Kong for most of my life. The hectic density of urban existence is composed quite nicely against the backdrop of the calming ocean. As an artist, I am known for portraying the energy of city life for most of my career. Discovering that HK boasts one of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems and that there's a whole world of life right below ours was a pleasant surprise."