Episode 81

Ocean Literacy - Collective Action for Healthy Oceans and a Stable Climate, with Amanda Horn

Published on: 6th June, 2024

The need to reconnect to water and rebrand the ‘Big Blue’…

World Ocean Day falls on June 8th and for those who haven’t heard of this event, it’s about “catalyzing collective action for a healthy ocean and a stable climate”.

The ocean’s role is one of the most important there is, and, water security is a real concern. But, to make such events successful in reaching global goals and targets around our oceans and water, we have to take notice, understand the challenges we face and importantly, be prepared to take action.

We met with Amanda Horn, a brand marketer who fell in love with water and found a deep connection, which as she shares in this episode, changed so many areas of her life personally and, professionally when she turned her passion into a circular business looking to solve problems in the beauty industry, with water at the heart.

Amanda is a strong advocate for protecting water, raising awareness of the challenges and opportunities and as she says, ‘rebranding big blue’.

Water conservation – Ocean conservation – plastic solutions -  waste - water consumption – they are all connected and we have to take responsibility for them, and more importantly understand the challenges and how our behaviors and choices either speed up progress, or slow it down.

When Amanda began her journey to build a responsible brand, she didn’t realise how epic it would be at every single stage. She shares her learnings from the resources needed, commercial understanding, packaging needs, materials sourcing, collaboration and co-creation and what happens at the end of life of her product to make it truly circular.

Join us on this episode as we talk to Amanda about:

  • The power of connecting with water and the parallels between humans and the ocean.
  • The importance of ocean literacy in meeting the global goal of protecting 30% of the world’s ocean by 2030.
  • The need to protect water at all costs through increasing our knowledge and conversations around what it is the most important resource we have.
  • The “10 Challenges of the Decade”.
  • How Marketers can make connections through story and emotion as Amanda puts it – “Rebranding the big blue”.
  • Evolving her passion into a circular business – and how understanding every stage of the product lifecycle is critical to not only the product but the story.

And here’s a rallying call to action for you, our listener to get involved:

World Ocean Day  https://worldoceanday.org/about/ in the lead up to World Ocean Day, explore and see what you can do. Amanda also shares her tips!

 World Ocean Week https://oceanweekcan.ca/ if you’re in Canada, then you have Ocean Week, which is a public celebration of the ocean from coast to coast.

Wherever you are, even if you are nowhere near a body of water, it is connected to your life, so commit to understanding a bit more, raising your awareness and taking steps to be part of the solution.

For more information about Amanda Horn and Ocean Literacy, click this link.


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