BONAIRE: The Island Saving Its Coral Reefs with George Buckley
WHEN: November 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Salem Athenaeum 337 Essex St Salem, MA 01970
COST: $10 members, $15 non-members, Free for students with ID.
CONTACT: Salem Athenaeum 978.744.2540
Film Screening and Discussion
In a world of uncertainty, one of the ecosystems emblematic of the need for balance is the coral reef. Bonaire Bonanza is a success story of good reef management on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, where scientists and citizens work together to manage and protect the reefs. This documentary by George Buckley and Dutch filmmaker Edward Snijders won the Palme d’Or Award in Marseilles.
Tonight’s screening of Bonaire Bonanza includes a discussion session with George Buckley who narrated and advised on the film.
George Buckley is the co-founder and Assistant Director of Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at Harvard Extension School. He is an expert scuba diver who has led hundreds of students to study the sea. He has been a long-time Associate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and chief scientist on some two dozen Earthwatch Expeditions on marine ecology and field studies on coral reefs, bay ecology, horseshoe crabs, fresh water clams and land snails. He is the Chairman of Bonaire’s Accolade Foundation and Director of the Marine Ecology Project.
His awards include the Palme d’Or for his film Bonaire Bonanza, the EPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Beneath the Sea (BTS) Diver of the Year. It was when he worked on the award-winning NOVA TV program, “The Sea Behind the Dunes,” that he began his career in environmental filmmaking.