Talk by Wendy Schmidt explores why we need to care about the ocean

To understand the ocean is to know with certainty why we need to care about it. This, and other critical ocean issues, will be the theme of a talk delivered by Wendy Schmidt, a philanthropist and advocate for the wiser use of natural resources.

Wendy Schmidt

Presented by York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, the talk titled “The Low Down On The High Seas: What We Don’t Know About The Oceans Can Kill” will take place on Nov. 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 140, Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies Building.

Schmidt will address critical ocean issues and provide a framework to view the ocean as part of an interactive living system, crucial to life. She will describe how her investment in innovative solutions and support for scientific and technological breakthroughs is creating momentum for ocean health, leading to the restoration of this vital planetary resource.

Schmidt is president of the Schmidt Family Foundation, which supports programs in renewable energy, healthy food and agriculture, and human rights. The foundation supports more than 150 non-profit organizations around the world using traditional philanthropic grants as well as the tools of impact investing. Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, an additional foundation program, supports the development of new ocean technologies with applications for conservation and research in areas including habitat health, marine plastic pollution and sustainable fisheries.

The event is free to attend. More information is available here: