It was thrilling to see Santa Cruz’s own Dr. Wallace J. Nichols (AKA the Blue Marble guy) featured on the December cover of Outside magazine.  This activist, author and researcher is gaining national recognition for his visionary solutions to ocean conservation issues.

Fueled by passion, dedication and unbridled optimism, Nichols’ theories continue to gain recognition worldwide.  According to the Outside article,  Nichols estimates that there are as many as a million of his signature blue marbles in circulation around the planet. They have made it into the hands of Jane Goodall, Harrison Ford, James Cameron, E. O. Wilson, and four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey, who carried one during this year’s race.

What do marbles have to do with ocean conservation?  Read on to find out!

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