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Converting decommissioned oil platforms into artificial reefs

Re-purposing offshore energy infrastructure for the benefit of the environment

Even though we agree that offshore oil and gas platforms should not exist in the first place, beneath the towering steel structures some of the world’s most productive ecosystems have been thriving. In this podcast at The Wise Consumer, Madeleine interviews both co-founders of Blue Latitudes who explain all about the Rigs-to-Reefs program and their work to keep the platforms in place so that they may continue to support marine life as an artificial reef. 

This women-owned marine environmental consulting firm has as a main purpose to unite science, policy, and communications to develop sustainable, creative and cost-effective solutions to manage the environmental issues that surround the offshore energy industry. Learn all you need to know about why it’s important to preserve such structures as artificial reefs on the interview between Madeleine Wisecup, Amber Jackson & Emily Hazelwood, co-founders of Blue Latitudes.

“I think there is still a lot of hope in the ocean — it’s powerful, it’s very resilient and it definitely has an ability to come back in unexpected ways.“ – Emily Hazlewood, Co-Founder of Blue Latitudes⁣⁣

Meet Emily Hazlewood and Amber Jackson, the Co-Founders of the marine environmental consulting firm Blue Latitudes @rig2reefexplorers, a business they co-founded together about 3 years ago, that focuses on developing sustainable, creative, and cost-effective solutions for the environmental issues that surround the offshore energy industry, such as the Rigs-to-Reef program. The RtR program offers oil companies the opportunity to keep their platforms in place so that they may continue to support marine life as an artificial reef, rather than completely removing the structure, as is required by law. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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⁣⁣In this episode of Blue Latitudes and The Wise Consumer you’ll hear about:

* The journey that led Emily and Amber to co-found Blue Latitudes⁣⁣⁣⁣

* The pros and cons of converting decommissioned oil rigs into artificial reefs⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

* The challenges they face as women working in a predominantly male industry ⁣⁣⁣⁣

* The struggle of the work-life balance⁣⁣ #thestruggleisreal ⁣⁣

* And about their love for the ocean and WHY they’re working so hard to protect it. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

This was such a great conversation and I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy listening! ⁣⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣Madeleine Wisecup, the host of The Wise Consumer podcast

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Madeleine Wisecup

A few years ago, I became obsessed with learning about sustainable and ethical practices and products, waste reduction, natural foods, and overall wellness. I read articles and books about the toxic products we put on our skins and into our bodies; explored numerous facets, challenges, and success stories of the slow fashion/sustainable fashion movement; and started reading the ingredient labels on everything I bought (you’d be surprised how much crap you can’t even pronounce). I was on a personal mission to improve my overall wellness and to become a wiser, more conscientious consumer. The more research I did – and continue to do – the more I realized how many amazing people and businesses were out there making a difference, breaking the status quo, and positively impacting the lives of people all over the world while equally making our planet just a little bit happier. These were people invested in using their businesses as, as Richard Branson would say, a force for good, people who were in the business of positive change. I was hooked. Today, I am on a quest to connect with social- and environmental-impact entrepreneurs; to uncover ethical and sustainable practices and brands, and to share the remarkable stories of good-doers and the impacts they’re making all over the world.

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