Join Us: 4 of the World’s Most Influential Leaders in Conservation Discuss the Global Movement to Save Our Oceans

Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier are the world’s leading ocean conservationists, two of the world’s most-acclaimed nature photographers, and co-founders of the nonprofit, SeaLegacy, which harnesses visual storytelling to inspire millions of people to fight for our oceans and other areas threatened by climate change. Through SeaLegacy, Nicklen and Mittermeier have created a global network of renowned photographers, filmmakers and storytellers whose powerful media sparks conversation, instills hope, and inspires action. 

Nicklen and Mittermeier, who are not only groundbreaking National Geographic photographers but also scientists—marine biologists with backgrounds in conservation—have traveled the globe, visually capturing our planet’s breathtaking beauty, but also the heartbreaking consequences of climate change. Harnessing the mobilizing power of a combined social media following of more than 20 million, SeaLegacy takes a three-pronged approach to enacting change: pioneering expeditions, global campaigns, and funding and amplification of sustainable solutions. 

Legendary news anchor and famed judge and scorekeeper for NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Bill Kurtis and Donna LaPietra, longtime TV news and documentary film producer, are renowned conservationists in their own right, committed to restoring the world’s prairies and grasslands. They’ve transformed their home, 65-acre Mettawa Manor, into an ecological and agricultural model and are passionate about the potential of prairie grasses to combat climate change through carbon sequestration. Kurtis and LaPietra are active on the boards of numerous civic organizations, including Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Botanic Garden, Field Museum, and Millennium Park, and support prairie tours and lectures through their Kurtis Conservation Foundation. 

Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis

On July 21, a first-ever event of its kind brings these four eco-crusaders together in a sea-meets-land conversation to explore how their purposes align to help create a better world. All are invited to this free virtual event that gives guests the opportunity to hear from and be inspired by these world-leading advocates for our planet. 

Register today and get a front-row seat for this inspiring conversation. You’ll have the opportunity and to submit questions and learn more about how you can join SeaLegacy’s global network in the fight for ocean conservation. 

The Modern Eco-Warriors: A Fundraiser for SeaLegacy

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

3:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM CT / 12:30 PM PT

Support SeaLegacy Today and Your Donation Will Be Doubled

In celebration of Paul’s birthday and in support of the critical work SeaLegacy is doing to advance ocean conservation, Susan B. Noyes and Make It Better Media Group are matching all donations through this event, up to $25,000.


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Brooke Geiger McDonald is the national content director for Make It Better Media Group. A Chicago native, she has worked for publications like O, The Oprah Magazine and SHAPE Magazine and her work has appeared in Parents, TravelPulse, Attractions Magazine, MSN, Disney Food Blog, and more. Her favorite nonprofits to support include The Walt Disney Birthplace and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Follow her on Instagram @brookegmcdonald and Twitter @BrookeGMcDonald.