I opened my window just as flying over Punta Nizuc, where we intend to install ZOE. Close to the shore by the bit of land jutting towards you in this photo, that's where we're planning. My trip was very productive and the relationships needed to complete this work are growing.
Since I returned, I have worked with coral scientist, Serguei Rico, of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Puerto Morelos (UNAM) to craft a draft proposing how the university, MUSA, me, the government, and the resort will officially collaborate. I love how it so clearly defines all of our desires and intentions, illuminating how much this project has evolved over the 3 years on land.
Just now I was introduced to Louis Villanueva of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) by Heather Paffe, Associate Vice President of their Oceans department here in New York.
Louis works with shark conservation and Public Policy for EDF. He's based in Mexico City, visits Cancun frequently, and is good friends with the Marine Park and others in the area/government. That's what we need! He offered to help facilitate.
On another related global note, we had the People's Climate March here yesterday with about 400,000 people. I was with my good friend, Alyssum Pohl, who also works with the ocean. We marched with Oceana. People took so many pictures and we were interviewed by Positive Change for Marine Life and Melting THE FUTURE.
SO, here's envisioning that the Climate Summit is productive at the big power level, and that at the Living Sea Sculpture level, we install Oct/Nov.
Back to work preparing for the Open Studio coming up this Thursday...we're on the 6th floor.
Siempre Gracias, Colleen