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“All life depends on the ocean, including yours”


On Thursday evening, March 20, 2008, at 6:30pm, in cooperation with the National Museum of Natural History’s Ocean Science Initiative, the Museum joins with the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School, to present -

Once Upon a Tide: Using Storytelling to Address our Connection to the Ocean

From Once Upon a Tide
From Once Upon a Tide. Image courtesy: Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School

This event marks the premier of the Center's recently produced educational film Once Upon a Tide. The screening will take place in the Baird Auditorium followed by a discussion with scientists and film makers. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Linda Hunt, this ten-minute modern-day fable employs highly creative techniques to impart the message that all life on Earth, including our own, depends on the marine environment. The film follows a young girl on her first journey to the sea, where reality and fantasy combine to teach her the myriad ways humans depend on a healthy ocean (

The panel discussion will address how fictional and highly creative stories can be used to effectively communicate environmental issues, and the specific ways our health depends on the health of the environment. Panelists include Blue Ocean Institute Founder and President Carl Safina; the Natural History Museum’s newly named Sant Chair in Marine Science, Nancy Knowlton; Award-winning film maker, and the film's producer, Mark Shelley of Sea Studios Foundation; the film's Executive Producer and Project Director Kathleen Frith; and Lead Scientific Advisor Paul Epstein, both from Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment. The evening will be introduced by the Natural History Museum’s Acting Director, Dr. Paul Risser.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Natalie Wicklund, Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School at 617 384 8530 or

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