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Welcome to the Our Epic Ocean podcast, hosted by Rich German. Join us for deep
dive conversations with experts and leaders around the world who share their stories and solutions to the challenges the ocean is facing. Discover the real work being done and what YOU can do to protect the ocean and planet we all love so much.

Your host Rich is best known for his photos and videos of dolphins and whales captured from his stand up paddle board in Laguna Beach, California. He has turned his passi… Continue Reading >>
Welcome to the Our Epic Ocean podcast, hosted by Rich German. Join us for deep
dive conversations with experts and leaders around the world who share their stories and solutions to the challenges the ocean is facing. Discover the real work being done and what YOU can do to protect the ocean and planet we all love so much.

Your host Rich is best known for his photos and videos of dolphins and whales captured from his stand up paddle board in Laguna Beach, California. He has turned his passion for the ocean and marine life into a quest to discover the critical solutions to the challenges our planet is facing. << Show Less
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David Bronner - Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) Dr. Bronner’s | EP 21 David Bronner is Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) of Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling natural brand of soaps in North America and producer of a range of organic body care and food products. He is the grandson of company founder, Emanuel Bronner, a fifth-generation soap maker and a leader in the conscious consumerism movement. 

Under David and his brother Michael’s leadership, the brand has grown from $4 million in 1998 to over $190 million in annual revenue in 2020. Dr. Bronner’s has positioned itself as a sustainable leader in the natural products industry by becoming one of the first body care brands to formulate with hemp seed oil and to certify its soaps, lotions, balms, and other personal care products under the USDA National Organic Program. Over the years, David and Dr. Bronner’s have been key leaders in the battle for GMO labeling, organic hemp farming, high-bar organic and fair trade standards, drug policy reform, and a fair minimum wage. Today, David is leading the company to champion the Regenerative Organic Certified standard, an integrated and comprehensive program that addresses soil health, animal welfare, and fair labor practices to advance regenerative and ecological alternatives to industrial agriculture.

Dr. Bronner’s is also a founding partner in the Climate Collaborative, which leverages the power of the Natural Products Industry to compel action on climate change.  One of David’s passions is the responsible integration of cannabis and psychedelic medicine into American and global culture and he is a board member of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies. He is a dedicated vegan and enjoys surfing and dancing late into the night.




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“Absolute cleanliness is Godliness! Balanced food for body-mind-soul-spirit is our medicine! Full-truth our God, half-truth our enemy, hard work our salvation, unity our goal, free speech our weapon, ” - Dr. Bronner’s


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The Origin Story of Dr. Bronner's Soap and Its Famous Philosophical Packaging Listen to the story of Dr. Emanuel Bronner, Spaceship Earth's first Cosmic Engagement Officer, told by his grandson, David. Dr. Bronner's journey began in Germany, where he grew up in a family of soapmakers before emigrating to America to spread a message of cosmic peace and harmony. Today, his grandson David carries on his legacy as the head of one of the most successful and sustainable companies of the 21st century.
Overfishing The Ocean Andy Sharpless talks about overfishing the ocean and how we can change our eating habits.
Growing Up In A Hawaiian Fishing Village - Alison Teal Alison Teal describes growing up from the age of 6 years old in a Hawaiian Fishing Village
Why We Have a Global Fishing Crisis Cyrill Gutsch talks about why we have a global fishing crisis.
Influences of Celine Cousteau All the influences that got Celine Cousteau down the path of her Grandfather
Paul Hawken visits Our Epic Ocean In the past, I have discussed Project Drawdown on Scuba Shack Radio. Recently, Rich interviews Paul on Our Epic Ocean. You can hear the entire interview.
Sustainable Ocean Alliance From Our Epic Ocean
The Seaspiracy Effect Captain Paul Watson talks about the film
Dune Ives expresses that self love is important to ocean issues Dune Ives talks about how we can engage people in helping in ocean issues.
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David Helvarg - Journalist. Author. Founder & Executive Director of Blue Frontier Campaign. | EP 34 David Helvarg is the Founder and Executive Director of Blue Frontier Campaign, a collaborative movement committed to healthy coastlines and a thriving ocean.  The prolific author of 6 books, including Blue Frontier, Saved by the Sea and 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, he is also the organizer of the Blue Vision Summits and Peter Benchley Ocean Awards.  He’s traveled the world as a journalist and correspondent, producing over 40 broadcast documentaries for PBS and Discovery. His print work has appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, Smithsonian, NatGeo and Popular Science Magazine.  Helvarg is also an active body surfer and recreational scuba diver, but more importantly, he is the early instigator of the Seaweed Rebellion, the marine grassroots movement to protect coastal and ocean ecosystems. 
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“Reading 50 Ways to Save Our Ocean is a great way to begin creating an earth echo that you can be proud of. So, go on - head for the beach, and get started. ” - Philipe Cousteau.
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Heidi Tait - CEO Tangaroa Blue Foundation. Founder Australian Marine Debris Initiative. | EP 33 Heidi Tait has always been an avid lover of nature and the outdoors, so when she was working as a scuba instructor and started finding rubbish everywhere, her only option was to act. In 2004 Heidi founded Tangaroa Blue Foundation (TBF) as a way of addressing the ever-increasing threat of marine debris in our oceans. Through the TBF Heidi introduced the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI), which is a growing network of communities, schools, industries, government agencies and individuals focused on reducing the amount of marine debris washing into our oceans. Heidi was named one of the “18 Most Influential Women in Ocean Conservation” in the July 2018 edition of Ocean Geographic and has been featured in multiple interviews as one of Australia’s foremost Ocean Innovators. In this compelling conversation, Rich and Heidi cover many important topics, starting with the big picture of why there is so much marine debris and where it is all coming from. They then focus on solutions – specifically how Heidi and her partners are utilizing their network and data system to not only remove garbage from the ocean, but also to stop it at the source. Additionally they cover many other subjects from recycling to cigarette butts to her connection to Jack Johnson. Heidi is a true ocean hero out there every day working to protect the ocean we all love so much!
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“If all we do is clean up, that’s all we’ll ever do.”  - Heidi Tait.
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Sylvia Earle, Ph.D. - Marine Biologist. Ocean Explorer. Lecturer. President and Chairman Mission Blue. | EP32 Dr. Sylvia Earle is the founding President and Chairman of Mission Blue. She is a National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence and was dubbed Her Deepness by the New Yorker and New York Times. The Library of Congress made her a Living Legend and Time Magazine declared her the first Hero for the Planet. She was also the first female Chief Scientist of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (the NOAA).  She is an Ocean Elder, an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer.  In short Dr. Earle is a living legend.  Over the years Dr. Earle has brought her infinite wisdom and deep knowledge of how our planets works to both the professional world and the masses in books, films, numerous talks, lectures and interviews but one in particular stands out, from ten years ago, with the NRDC (the national resources defense council), where she said “Think of the Ocean as the blue Heart of the planet.  The part that makes the world work. Drives climate and weather. Generates most of the oxygen we breathe.  It drives our water cycle. It’s where 97% of the water is. This is our life support system and unless we really understand it and appreciate it, we are not going to take care of it. Knowing is the key”.  



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“Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you're lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you're in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don't see sharks..” 

- Dr. Sylvia Earle.


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Selema Masekela - Commentator. Journalist. Host. Musician. Athlete. Producer | EP 31 Selema Masekela is a beloved multifaceted TV commentator, host, journalist, musician, Emmy nominated producer, Fashion Entrepreneur, outdoor sports enthusiast and ocean warrior, best known for his work across VICE, E!, ESPN/ABC, Nat Geo Explorer, Red Bull Media House, MTV and beyond. A relentlessly curious narrator of the human experience, he thrives as a Black man who has historically been ‘the only’ in the spaces of action sports and entertainment.  As part of his diverse career, he worked at Transworld Skate Publications and became the the long-time face of the X Games. The son of South African jazz legend and activist Hugh Masekela, Selema‘s roots are as South African as they are Staten Island, New York City and North County San Diego. He is currently involved with the foundation Stoked Mentoring, a nonprofit action sports organization for at-risk youth, hosts the podcast What Shapes Us?, published the book AfroSurf along with launching the brand Mama Wata and continues to support the Surfrider Foundation as an Ambassador. Wether he is in the ocean catching waves or shredding down a mountain snowboarding Salema often finds himself channeling the spirit and love of his father as he plays a central role in the effort to create racial equality on both the water and on land. 


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“Racism is not a thing we will stand for in the United States of America. I hope you will continue to stand for this thing called unity and tell racism that it can go and kick rocks, because that’s not what surfing is about,”  - Salema Masekela.

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Shawn Heinrichs - Artist. Photographer. Filmmaker. Conservationist. | EP 30 Shawn is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer, an acclaimed photographer/ journalist and a lifelong conservationist.  A co-founder of the Blue Sphere Foundation, SeaLegacy, and now the Only One Collective with Cristina Mittermeier, Paul Nicklen and Lonely Whale, Shawn has become a major force in the global movement to protect the ocean, marine species and habitats, tackle the climate crisis, and build a more just, equitable planet. Fueled by his passion for the oceans, his groundbreaking work fuses dramatic imagery with intimate and thought-provoking stories, to connect the global community to the beauty and vulnerability of threatened marine species and their eco systems. He was one of the lead activists and co-creators of the Emmy-nominated film, "Racing Extinction” with Academy Award winning Director/ Producer, Louie Psihoyos. Shawn has also gone undercover exposing the endangered marine species trade in some of the most remote and challenging locations on Earth. Key areas of his conservation work include ending the global slaughter of sharks, protecting manta rays, the High Seas, and safeguarding earth’s most bio-diverse and threatened habitats. His groundbreaking photographic work and captivating storytelling has been featured in National Geographic, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, and numerous media outlets. Shawn serves on the International Board of WildAid, is a Director of Manta Trust, a Safina Fellow, a member of The SeaLegacy Collective, and an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. 


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“Art is my passion, conservation is my purpose, and for me the two are inseparable. I have found art is the most powerful tool I can bring to bear to help protect the ocean's most threatened species and habitats. “  -   Shawn Heinrichs
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Paul Hawken - Environmentalist. Entrepreneur. Author. + | EP 29 Paul Hawken is an exceptionally hard working advocate for a better life on planet earth and one of the leading voices in the climate solutions movement. He is a writer, public speaker, serial entrepreneur, author of eight books, activist and has now taken a profound role in our ability to reverse global warming in our lifetime through solutions, science, education and action. Paul has dedicated much of his adult life, after early success with the natural food company Erewhon, then the highly praised garden tools catalog and horticulture company Smith and Hawken to elevating the conversation on subjects ranging from inequality and social justice, the importance of a renewable energy future,  to modifying the basic relationship between business and the environment. His first book to tackle climate solutions,  Project Drawdown has been a NY Times Best Seller and set the stage for the next chapter of his life dedicated to the concept of Regeneration - using resources in a manner that improves society's well-being by enhancing Earth's living systems through continued replenishment and less abuse and waste.  The Book and the non profit,, is a response to the urgency of Climate Change offering a visionary new approach - highlighting justice, equity, biodiversity and human dignity as part of a social tapestry of action, policy and transformation to end the climate crisis in one generation. 




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“Girls’ education, it turns out, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier children and actively manage their reproductive health.”- Paul Hawken 


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Jeremy McKane - Artist. Explorer. Marine Entrepreneur. Co-Founder Ultramarine Summit. Founder / CEO | EP 28 Jeremy McKane is an Artist and innovator with the passion for the environment.  At 18, he found himself working in a startup that would one day become (for a time) the world’s largest web hosting provider. After leaving the corporate world, his focus began to shift towards impact based art, aligning his vision with ocean related issues and causes. He has shown his work as an installation artist all over the world but feels compelled to not stop there. When not making art, he is often on panels, traveling to climate negotiations and summits around the world,  discussing munitions dumping and cleaning our seas, to ways to fund ocean causes through art and technology.  Jeremy remains an active Explorers Club Member and is CEO of, the Ocean Currency Network, a means to financially incentivize nation-states to protect their waters with Blockchain technology which includes an autonomous network of marine robots that automate enforcement at sea.  He co-founded the ULTRAMARINE Ocean Action Summit with Kite Boarding Pro Susi Mai, held each year on Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island. The Ultramarine mission is to protect 30% of The World's Ocean by 2030 by bringing rapid collaboration to the Ocean Space in hopes that we can protect more of what matters through tangible actions. 




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“There is no Superman of The Ocean, but there is a Justice League and each of us can stand up to do our part.”

—Jeremy McKane 



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The Seaspiracy Effect Introduction to the Seaspiracy Effect
Daniela V. Fernandez - Founder + CEO Sustainable Ocean Alliance. | EP 27 At just 19 years of age, Daniela Fernandez found herself sitting in a United Nations chamber listening to a myriad of scary statistics regarding the likely fate of our ocean planet. Two things quickly became apparent to her. First, she noticed she was the ONLY young voice in the room, the only young person in the conversation. Second, while there was a great deal of fear being projected, there was very little talk in terms of hope, inspirational dialogue or innovative solutions. So as legend goes, she decided to start the Sustainable Ocean Alliance from her Georgetown University dorm room, which in only 6 short years has become the largest network of young Ocean Leaders in the world with more than 5,000 participants in over 165 countries.  She is now CEO. Daniela has been recognized for her work by former US Sec’y of State and current US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry and former US President Bill Clinton. She also received accolades with a Peter Benchley Ocean Youth Award, named one of Glamour magazine’s College Women of the Year, and was selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and has spoken on countless stages, including the Economist World Ocean Summit and Global Climate Summit. 



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“I came across the greatest victim and potential savior of our planet. The ocean. Well, I'm here to implore all of you to never give up. Let us use this time to disrupt, persevere and to believe in our ability to save our planet, and save ourselves." - Daniela V. Fernandez 


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