72&Rising Magazine ~ Rowena Mynott

Water covers 72% of our planet…and it’s rising. Water is essential to all aspects of our lives. We swim in it, we bathe in it, it sustains us. When it freezes we play on it, and we build vessels to sail through it. We travel far and wide to see the creatures that live beneath it and we fight hard to save the beauty that is within it.

What is 72&Rising?

72&Rising is a water magazine focusing on the marine and freshwater environment, including photography, science, travel, adventure and nature. The collective stories, interviews, art, science and nature pays tribute to our wonderful water planet.

Each quarterly issue will bring to you the latest in marine and aquatic research, inform and involve you in critical conservation issues, showcase inspiring photographers and take you on a journey around the globe with our roving contributors.

What kind of stories will it feature?

72&Rising magazine covers all things water-related. Whether you are interested in conservation, science, art, photography, water activities, travel and adventure, you will find something that piques your interest within these pages.

The core of 72&Rising is themed around our natural planet. From those working in science that are striving to understand our wildlife and ways to protect it, to artists who raise awareness about the natural world through their art.

Will the stories appeal to everyone?

Everyone has a love of water in some form, be it ocean, lakes, rivers or snow, and our stories will engage readers who truly appreciate these environments. With the broad variety of topics within 72&Rising pages, there will be something that appeals to everyone.

How else will 72&Rising differ from other publications?

Our unique style differs from all other publications currently available. No other publication focuses purely on water in all its forms. With our vibrant eclectic mix of interviews, art stories and feature articles that allow readers an insight into personal aspects of life around water environments.

Who will contribute and how will it be put together?

All contributions are welcomed. We cover stories from all corners of the globe and from all water themes. The publication is put together by a small core team and contributions can be sent to info@72andrising.com

Rowena Mynott, founder of and photojournalist at 72&Rising Magazine shares with Ocean Guardians her thoughts and feelings about the ocean and what she hopes to achieve with the 72&Rising Magazine.

 

Where do you live and with whom?

I live in Northern NSW with my husband, son and big goofy dog!

What is your job and with which organisation?

I am the founder of and photojournalist at 72&Rising Magazine.

And your previous jobs? What were you doing?

For the last 12 years I have worked in the marine field. This has included work as a dive instructor, deckhand and dive guide, marine education officer, environmental consultant, marine paleoecologist and running a marine environmental consultancy with my husband in which we focus on aquatic research and education. www.symbiontecology.com

When you were a little kid, what job did you dream of having?

I always had three things that I wanted to choose from: underwater photojournalist, marine biologist or marine archaeologist. The movie Jaws was the catalyst that fuelled my passion to work in the marine field and particularly with sharks.

How did you get involved in marine conservation?

I’d always wanted to work in the marine field. After completing an honors degree in marine paleoecology in the UK, I moved to Australia and took an education degree with the specific intention of using it for marine education purposes. From there I was able to gain employment in the marine education field, which is where I started becoming fully immersed in the marine field. Alongside working in education, I worked for Reef Check as a project manager and training officer as well as becoming involved with marine research through the University of Queensland and Southern Cross University focusing primarily on marine cetaceans.

Why are you so dedicated when there seems to be so many obstacles?

Because its so very important that its worth the fight!

What really annoys you regarding marine conservation?

That there are still a large number of people that just don’t understand the importance. I’ve lived places where on a daily basis I would see multiple people dumping trash, throwing cigarette butts into the ocean or harming marine life. It frustrates me that not everyone is choosing to eat sustainable fish, to not use prop guards on their boats or to not stand up against critical issues such a shark nets.

Have you ever been criticized or harassed because of your strong beliefs?

Not really, I have been strongly challenged on my views though.

What’s the most difficult aspect of your job?

Finding funding!

And the best?

Seeing the connection with people and the ocean. That may come from taking children out snorkelling or diving or from having a discussion about shark finning. That ‘aha’ moment is priceless.

Have you ever felt discouraged or felt like giving up?

Actually no, its something I’m passionate about and love so I’m always happy to talk about it and fight for it.

What is the one thing a person can do that you think can make a difference?

Stand up for what they believe in, for example, if you think that the person in front of you is wrong for throwing their cigarette butt into the ocean then (nicely) point it out, suggest they use the bin instead. You may not think it makes a difference but if everyone does his or her little bit, collectively it could make a huge difference.

What or who inspires you to continue your work?

First and foremost my child, after all he is the one that will inherit what I leave behind for him. I want that to be a beautiful planet so that he can enjoy some of the incredible sites that I have seen rather than barren oceans and polluted rivers. I also do it for the wildlife that live in these oceans – its not fair for them to live in our waste and destruction.

If the world ends this year, as it’s supposed to, what do you hope you’ll have achieved, both personally and professionally by the end of 2012?

I hope to spread the word about 72&Rising Magazine. Our plan is to eventually be able to fund good causes, and although that wont happen by the end of the year, if we can grow our profile it will enable us to achieve that sooner.

If you were given the chance to spend a day with anyone from history, who would it be and why? What would you do together?

My one true hero – David Attenborough. He is such an inspiration to me. I was lucky enough to see him speak recently and he was even more incredible than I could have imagined. Id be happy to just sit in a park and talk to him, but I guess the best would be to take him to Morocco to hunt for fossils.

Your favorite Quote?

I have many but this is the one that I carry with me always.

“Be the change you want to see in the world” Gandi

I also find this one quite poignant:

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”- Mahatma Ghandi.

How can people contact you or follow what you are up to?

Contributions can be sent to info@72andrising.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/72andrising

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