Speak Up For The Ocean Blue

Andrew Lewin

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The host, Andrew Lewin, helps you overcome the problems of the ocean by discussing the latest ocean news and studies that will help you make more informed decisions in your life so you can live for a better ocean.

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1326 episodes

Transparency an issue at Deep-Sea mining meetings in Jamaica, says scientists

* The International Seabed Authority, which is responsible for overseeing the development of deep-sea mining in international waters AND protecting the ocean met to negotiate a set of regulations to determine if deep-sea mining can proceed. But scientists and environmentalists involved in the process are worried about transparency and revealing that the process is not transparent at all. *   * In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue podcast, I will provide you with more information on the process and what it could mean for the deep sea. *   * Link to article: https://bit.ly/3oNRQfU *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

14m
Aug 08
You must show this one personality trait if you want a job in Marine Science and Conservation

* When I speak to people about their careers in Marine Science and Conservation, I can sense how badly they want a job and build their careers. It's hard to describe how I can notice it, but if you have it then go after it. But there are many of you who lack the motivation to fight for a position to get what you want. You have to show that you have a passion for this field in order to be successful. *   * In this episode of Speak Up For The Ocean Blue podcast, I am going to tell you what you can do to show the hiring managers that you have a passion for Marine Science and Conservation so you will get hired and start your career down the right path. *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

15m
Aug 05
Are celebrities contributing too much Greenhouse gases via their private jet flights?

* A news article revealed that Kylie Jenner uses her private jet to fly 17 minutes to do daily chores such as grocery shopping to avoid traffic in LA. A sustainability firm based in the UK dug deeper to produce a list of the worst private jet offenders that were celebrities, but are we putting the blame in the right place? Celebrities are easy targets to receive hate; however, there was a report published in 2017 that revealed that 100 companies around the world are responsible for 70% of the contribution to climate change. *   * In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to discuss why we should be tackling both and think about the way we need to change how we do business in the future. *   * Link to article: https://bit.ly/3cUQMEo *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

17m
Aug 03
Do Greenland sharks frequent the Caribbean Sea?

* A Greenland shark was found in the Caribbean Sea, surprising the science world and it begs the overall question: Have they always been there? But more research is needed to answer a number of questions. It also reminds us all that we know nothing of the deep sea and maybe we should hold off on opening up deep-sea mining since we don't really know the damage we could cause. *   * In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue podcast, I am going to run through some of the questions I have on the Greenland shark distribution topic and provide my thoughts on why this should really halt any plans of deep-sea mining.  *   * Link to Article: https://bit.ly/3zYFbxn *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

16m
Aug 01
Where to find local scientists to follow to find out information on science and conservation issues

* Three episodes ago, I discussed how to speak up for the ocean if you are not a scientist. I suggested following specific scientists on social media to get accurate and recent science and conservation information. I had a few people contact me over Instagram to ask if I know where they could get more information on science and conservation in their area. A great question indeed and that seems like it could be hard to find anyone. *   * In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I will tell you how you can find out about local science and conservation issues. *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc  *  

17m
Jul 29
Discovery puts man in a clear plastic tub in the ocean; attracts big white shark; and, is surprised when the shark bites the clear tub to grab the human

* Every year I go into Shark Week with a positive mindset in hope that it will provide some great programs and some great cinematography and I would like to hope that it won't play into the fear-mongering, but that was not the case for the first news piece that I saw from CNN (who owns Discovery). A clear promotional video starts off with fear of shark sightings and bites then into one of the dumbest things a person can do when being around a white shark. I will tell you why it was so dumb in this upcoming rant. *   * Link to video: https://youtu.be/j0chL87gPag *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

19m
Jul 27
Shark Week is a great time to discuss shark science and conservation...here's how

* Shark week is back and over this week you will see some great shots of different species of sharks and some interesting behaviours, but you probably won't see much talk on the conservation of sharks and you might hear some misinformation on the species. You can take advantage of Shark Week by informing your followers (and maybe new followers) on shark conservation and where we need to focus on to increase shark awareness.

17m
Jul 25
Use these 3 steps to speak up for the ocean if you are not a scientist

* Science plays an important part in understanding the trends in the ocean whether they are positive or negative and scientists also are critical in communicating their work so people can be aware of the trends, but people think that only scientists can talk about science and that is not true; therefore, by the end of this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue, I hope to convince you that you can speak up for the ocean too and give you steps that you can take to make sure you do it correctly. *   * Follow/Subscribe to Beyond Jaws: * Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3DnGntm * Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3FnQ9MB * Website: https://bit.ly/37TMqeK *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

25m
Jul 20
Can the Mississippi Delta be re-engineered to save it?

* The Mississippi Delta is one powerful river that drains a large portion of the rivers in the US and two provinces in Canada, yet there are few people who know how powerful the river can be and how the land at the mouth of the Mississippi changes depending on the action that is taken by human alteration. Hakai Magazine wrote a great article on how the Mississippi River is changing and what can be done to save the land, the shrimpers, and the bottlenose dolphins that inhabitat of the ever-changing Mississippi Delta. *   * Link to article: https://bit.ly/3PsDgGg *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

20m
Jul 18
Are people learning to love sharks so much that they could harm them

* Sharks have had a bad reputation for decades that have lead to their harm and lack of protection for a long time, but more videos and articles are surfacing that include love for sharks. But could all of this love be dangerous for shark populations as well? *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

16m
Jul 15
Lessons in science communication that I learned from Forrest Galante

* I recently had the opportunity to interview wildlife science communicator, Forrest Galante, for my other podcast I cohost called Beyond Jaws and during the interview Forrest taught me a lot about being a science communicator through his own journey. Therefore, I am going to share some interesting tips that I picked up from Forrest that I will use as a science communicator and that you could use in your own journey. __ __ Beyond Jaws Podcast: https://bit.ly/37TMqeK * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

20m
Jul 13
4 Reasons why the Biden administration should not expand offshore drilling

* There is a huge push to move away from fossil fuels and move toward renewable energy to help reduce climate change, but politicians and the fossil fuel industry are always pushing for more oil and gas drilling to help the economy; therefore, authors are the centre for American Progress laid out 4 reasons why the Biden Administration should not expand offshore drilling in the proposed 5-year plan he laid out this past month...and they kinda listened. *   * Link to article: * 1) https://www.americanprogress.org/article/4-reasons-why-the-biden-administration-should-not-expand-offshore-drilling/ * 2) https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/01/biden-interior-dept-offers-option-for-new-oil-leases-in-gulf-of-mexico.html *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc  *   *  

14m
Jul 11
Recent government decisions on environmental protections got you down? Here are some careers that can help you make changes.

* Government decisions whether they are from the courts, congress, senate, or the white house can inspire people to take up the arm of conservation by seeking out a job and building a career to protect the environment, but going back to school to get a science degree may not lead you to the type of change that you want. Building a career in conservation takes planning; therefore, I will teach you what you should look for in a career that could lead to change. *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

18m
Jul 08
Supreme Court says EPA cannot regulate carbon emissions in new ruling

* The US Democrats have control of Congress, the senate, and the white house and they are all on the same page about climate action, but the US Supreme Court is Republican-dominated and they have made a decision that undermines the Clean Air Act and the ability for the EPA to regular emissions from the fossil fuel industry. Therefore, it's time for the government to step up and make laws that will better address the climate emergency. *   * In this episode of the SUFB podcast, I will be ranting about the decisions of late from the US Supreme Court and why the government needs to adapt to the stalling of the fossil fuel industry. *   * Link to article: https://cbsn.ws/3IevYDh *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

20m
Jul 06
Nickel mine in New Caledonia gets financial investment from Tesla and local ownership

* I've done some work with mining companies in Ontario before as I would run studies to ensure the companies were not harming the surrounding water bodies, but during my time as a private consultant, I heard some really bad stories about mining companies harming local areas and people with toxic spills. Therefore, I was initially worried when I saw Tesla and Nickel Mine in a recent headline on Mongabay News. I was happy to hear that their mention is not tarnished by this involvement in nickel mining with the benefits that come to the community. *   * In this episode of the Speak Up for the Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to tell you about a nickel mine on a small island that could be beneficial to the local community. *   * Link to article: https://bit.ly/3y0LDRX *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc  *  

16m
Jul 04
Marine Conservation needs to focus on empowering and including coastal communities to achieve success

* When I grew up, I wanted to be a marine biologist. I had this dream that I would work in a small Pacific Islands doing marine science and conservation, but that was probably a form of parachute science and that can hurt marine conservation outcomes. Parachute science happens more often than you think and there is now a call to build in more equity in marine conservation by including local communities in the conservation plans of THEIR coastline. *   * In this episode of the Speak Up for the Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to cover why diversity, equity and inclusion are the primary focus of the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon. *   * Link to article: https://bit.ly/3OP1JFo *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

13m
Jul 01
Speaking Up For The Ocean is hard somedays especially when human rights are at stake

* As long as I can remember protecting the ocean has always been my number one priority Ocean conservation and the action takes time and work from many different fields and it requires the dedication of many men and women from around the world; however, it is very difficult to focus on conserving the ocean when other human rights are being taken away and need more focus. *   * In this episode of the Speak Up For The Ocean Blue Podcast, I am going to discuss how recent news/events/decisions around the world and in the US (even in my home country of Canada) can affect the people's focus on the ocean. *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

21m
Jun 29
Canada is banning single-use plastic as soon as December 2022

* We have a plastic pollution problem in this world and we can't solve it unless countries put in policies to ban single-use plastics, but what will a ban look like. In this episode, I am going to describe how Canada is going to ban single-use plastics as soon as December 2022. *   * Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/3NmDFsi *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc  *   *  

17m
Jun 27
SciComm: How will you get started?

* There need to be more conversations about the ocean on the web and there are plenty of opportunities to start your science communication journey, but people still aren't getting started. Therefore, I am going to tell you the different ways how you can get started in science communication today. *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

22m
Jun 22
Restoring oyster beds, seagrass, and salt marshes together is better than restoring only one type of habitat

* There are many coastal areas that have been degraded to the point that restoration is necessary, but restoration can be very expensive and is often focused on 1 type of habitat. Therefore, restoration specialists and conservationists are now focusing on restoring more than one type of habitat to increase the success of the coastal area. *   * In this episode of the SUFB podcast, I will be discussing how projects from different parts of the world are having success with restoring multiple habitats due to a term we call connectivity. *   * Link to article: https://news.mongabay.com/2022/06/sea-restoration-projects-quilt-a-mosaic-of-habitats-with-striking-results/ *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

15m
Jun 20
Will the ocean lead fashion into a new era with products made from invasive species and kelp?

* Everyone loves fashion and loves to look good when they go out. Many people follow the term "Look good, feel good." But today's fashion comes at an environmental cost/price and therefore, it needs to change to more sustainable options. *   * In this episode of the Speak Up For the Ocean Blue Podcast, I will be highlighting two types of ocean sources derived from an invasive species and the other from kelp. *   * Link to article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/12/fish-leather-lionfish-sustainable-invasive-species *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

20m
Jun 17
The Ocean is speaking and it sounds like Harrison Ford

* Protecting and conserving the ocean seems to take a back seat to other issues when talking about priorities. For example, in Canada, politicians want to protect the economy more than the environment because it has a higher priority. Often times the protection of the economy comes in direct conflict to protecting the environment. But what if the ocean had a say in this priority choice. What if the Ocean could speak to us and give humans a message. *   * Conservation International has some thoughts on what the Ocean was to say to humans. *   * In this episode, I am going to talk about a new campaign from Conservation International called Nature Is Speaking and how it should make us rethink how we protect the ocean. *   * Link to video: https://youtu.be/rM6txLtoaoc *   * * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

16m
Jun 13
What it means to be in a generational fisheries family

The last part of my 3-part series interviewing fishers from the East Coast of Canada takes me to a conversation I had with Gordon Beaton who has fished along Canada's East Coast for his entire life. His uncle was a fisher and his son is now a fisher. Learn what it takes to be a fisher in Canada.  * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

53m
Jun 10
Oceans Week: What it's like to fish in Eastern Canada over the past 40 years

I continue my series of speaking to fishers from the East Coast of Canada to get to know their challengers and why fishing is such a big part of their lives. * * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

44m
Jun 09
Oceans Day: Oceans Sound (Replay)

Happy Oceans Day!!! As promised in the last episode, here is the entire audio piece created by Michelle Amor. Enjoy!

25m
Jun 08
The life of a lobster fisher with Carl Allen

I had the opportunity to sit down with Carl Allen to discuss what life was like as a lobster fisher in Eastern Canada.  Carl told me how young he was when he started fishing and how his life is all about fishing.  He also discusses the work he does with the fishing union.  * *   * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

43m
Jun 07
Oceans Week: How you should approach it

* There seems to be a day for everything these days and the oceans have a day as well, June 8th. It's a time for us to think about why we love the ocean so much and how we can better protect. There are celebrations, conferences, announcements (big and small) where governments and organizations try to stand out from one another to tell you how they are committed to protect the oceans. But the announcements are all massive agreements and commitments that don't include a very important thing, YOU! *   * In this episode, I am going to go over my thoughts about oceans week and how I think you should approach it. What you can get out of oceans week. *   * I am also going to discuss the programming that I have planned for Oceans Week for this podcast and some other things.

22m
Jun 06
Can you get a job in Marine Conservation with a Psychology degree?

* There are many people that want to work in Marine Conservation, but not everyone has a degree in Marine Biology or another type of science degree; however, you don't need to be a scientist to help protect the ocean. There are many people who are working on Marine Conservation with business and arts degrees. *   * In today's episode, I am going to answer a question from a listener who wants to work in Marine Conservation and has a Psychology degree. I am going to provide some examples of how useful someone can be with a Psychology degree in Marine Conservation. * * *   * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

19m
Jun 03
ExxonMobil will finally have to face charges in Massachusetts for misleading the public on Climate Change

* There are studies that have revealed that oil companies like ExxonMobil have spent billions of dollars on campaigns that involved misleading the public on Climate Change and one Attorney General brought charges against the oil company, but will the company have to pay for their misleading ways and what will the punishment be? We need to hold more fossil fuel companies accountable for the notorious work that they conduct around the world. *   * In this episode, I will discuss why I think this trial could have severe consequences for oil companies across the states in the US. *   * Links to articles: * 1) https://bit.ly/3M09JS6 * 2) https://bit.ly/3GyQf5F * * *   * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

14m
Jun 01
Marineland continues to conduct illegal whale and dolphin shows in Canada

* Laws in Canada make sure that marine theme parks such as Marineland cannot acquire new cetaceans (Whales or Dolphins) and they were amended in 2019 to ensure that whales and dolphins do not perform in their entertainment shows, but evidence suggests that Marineland continues to conduct the whale and dolphin shows. Therefore, Canadian laws should work faster to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals. *   * In this episode, I will discuss the video evidence that was published by Animal Justice in Canada and why I think that the laws should work faster to stop the shows from happening at all. * * *   * Link to Article: https://bit.ly/3lSb3vx *   * Sign up to find out about the audio Ocean Conservation Careers members group: * https://bit.ly/38ak7Z8 *   * Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3NmYvsI Connect with Speak Up For Blue: Website: https://bit.ly/3fOF3Wf Instagram: https://bit.ly/3rIaJSG Twitter: https://bit.ly/3rHZxpc 

1s
May 30