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Venture Café Sydney

Venture Cafe Sydney: Change Maker Series – Life Below Water

Thursday 30 Jul

4:00 pm

5:00 pm




About this event

Join Venture Cafe Sydney on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM for the Change Maker Series – Life Below Water.

How can a business redeploy its current skills and know-how to find opportunities to drive investment towards UNSDG14 – Life Below Water?

A recent Deloitte study shows that 30% of millennials see environmental protection and climate change as the top concern, despite the current health crisis. Consumers are becoming more aware of these issues, and right now is the time to rethink our relationship to products, what we produce, and how we shop.

Oceans produce much of the world’s oxygen and help regulate the world’s climate. In 2020, however, the health of our ocean ecosystems are subject to multiple threats including pollution, warming, acidification and biodiversity loss. All of which have pushed our oceans past some key thresholds and into the danger zone.

While the number of oil spills and quantity of oil spilt has reduced the problem of plastics pollution has emerged as a major issue. At current rates there will be 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish caught by 2025 . As most types of plastic take hundreds of years to break down, the microplastics engulfing our oceans are an immediate threat to not only sea life, but us.

But there is tremendous innovation taking place around us to address this massive global issue. Be inspired by Kimberley Bolton of Carapac – a packaging alternative using discarded crustacean shells. Learn from Vic Grosjean, of OceanX Group how they are adapting underwater technology to better understand and address environmental impacts.

In this interactive discussion, experts from Venture Cafe Sydney will explore: 

  • Past examples of sustainably managed fisheries; alternative packaging solutions and fuels
  • Insights from startups and how using a startup framework can drive changes in consumer behaviour and purchasing habits. 
  • How a multi-sector approach will ensure adequate protection and restoration of Australia’s coastline and seas in the post-pandemic recovery and beyond.

Venture Cafe Sydney will generate more ideas to make things happen and create a more sustainable future for life both above, and below water. 

  • Conference/Summit
  • Discussion Group
  • Information and Education
  • Conservation and Land Care
  • Oceans and Waterways
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