Planet Ocean exhibit aims to raise awareness on saving the Earth's marine resources

IMAGE Noel Orsal

Omega's Jean-Pascal Perret (left) with top aerial photographer and director at the opening of the Planet Ocean photo exhibit on March 11, at The Gardens in Greenbelt 5, Makati.


Summer is just around the corner, and pretty soon our country's beaches will be filled with families on vacation and tourists from all over the world.

Having fun in the sea and sand is a must, but it does not mean that we should forget our responsibilities as stewards of the Earth.

At The Gardens in Greenbelt 5, Makati, an expansive photo exhibit stands as a reminder to people about the beauty and wonders of the undersea world, as well as the dangers it faces from all the mistakes that we humans commit.

Popular watch brand Omega spearheaded this project dubbed Planet Ocean, which aims to raise awareness about protecting our planet's natural resources.

It started with a collaboration with famed French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who is known for his work in aerial photography, as well as his efforts as an active environmentalist.

He previously directed a 2009 documentary titled Home, which depicts how environmental problems from 54 different countries are all interconnected.

This acclaimed film inspired Jean-Pascal Perret, vice president for communication and PR of Omega, to create their own film that would capture the real situation that our planet's waters are in.

On March 12, the 90-minute eco-documentary Planet Ocean was screened at the Greenbelt 3 Cinema, and it was followed by the opening of the exhibit, which features 73 images taken by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his colleagues.

In his speech, Perret explained the reasons why a watch company like theirs invested on a big-budgeted project such as this documentary.

"I think one reason why my boss, Mr. Nick Hayek, agreed [to do this project] because I told him that I would team up with Yann.

"He knew that Yann has got a special ability to capture beauty. If you see the movie, you would understand what I'm talking about.

"[He can] capture beauty and explain complex problems with simple words that touch your heart."

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The second reason, Perret cites, is the "fact" that "sharing makes you richer."

"When you think about it, sharing is an act of love. And, in life, the most important thing... In life, all you need is love.

"And, you know, we're only here for a little moment in this planet. To me, the people that can be called successful are the people who knew how to love.

"And it doesn't only apply to people, it also applies to companies like us.

"So, this is us expressing our love for our planet, our planet ocean that has loved us with all its beauty and its bounty.

"This is also us sharing our love for our children, our future children, so that we can inspire others to take care and love our ocean, our planet for the sake of our children."

The exhibit is open to the public and will run until April 11.

The documentary Planet Ocean, narrated by Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel, is available in DVD and Blu-Ray on Amazon UK.


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