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Slide 01: Blue Marble: with Topography and Bathymetry

Slide 01: Blue Marble: with Topography and Bathymetry

Say:

Welcome to ________. Would you like to explore this with me? The image you are looking at is just one way to look at our planet but there are also many other ways.

The earth is made up of several systems that work together as one–like the human body. The ocean is a key part of the system that makes Earth habitable, meaning a good place for living things, including you and me. 

We, at {Institution}, hope to help you see yourselves as part of the larger story of our planet and our ocean.

Over the next 5–10 minutes, we’ll consider some ways the ocean is changing, relate that to human systems, and give examples of ways we can all get involved. We’ll be talking about our shared responsibility to protect both people and places from harm, by safeguarding against disruptions.

Notes and Rationale:

Before launching the prepared interpretation, allow time for visitors to understand and inquire about the information shown with this image. Point out where you live to orient the audience. 

The image helps to establish the interpretation as a matter of global scale and importance.

By drawing the connection between our bodies and Earth systems, this opening foreshadows the Climate’s Heart metaphor that is a centerpiece of this narrative. It is important, however, not to extend this metaphor too far. The anthropomorphic concept of “Mother Earth” has important limitations, such as making it easy for the public to assume that Earth can heal herself. 

By being upfront about our goals, we invite our visitors to participate, and demonstrate that this topic is one of our values as an institution.

The talking point here cues the Value of Protection, which research has shown to be an effective way of productively orienting people to ocean conservation as a social issue. 

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