Bow Seat Founder Linda Cabot Honored as a “Global Changemaker” for Dedication to Ocean ConservationDecember 5, 2018
Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs (Bow Seat) Founder Linda Cabot has been recognized as a “Global Changemaker Honoree” by New England International Donors (NEID) for her long-term commitment to restoring the ocean’s ecosystems. Cabot was acknowledged at NEID’s Global Changemakers Gala on November 28th in Boston. This year’s event focused on the role of philanthropists in addressing climate change and creating a more sustainable earth.
Harnessing the power of creative media to educate and inspire, Cabot founded Bow Seat in 2012 to activate young ocean leaders through the arts, science, and advocacy. Bow Seat’s signature initiative – the annual Ocean Awareness Contest – invites students to explore how human actions impact ocean health through visual art, writing, music, and film. The award-winning program has engaged nearly 10,000 teens from 80 countries, who have dived into issues ranging from oil spills and overfishing to plastic pollution and climate change. Bow Seat has granted almost $230,000 in scholarships to advance students’ creative skills and their passion for ocean conservation; in addition, Bow Seat expands the reach of student work by showcasing their submissions in art exhibitions, film screenings, and publications. This provides a special opportunity for teens to display their talents worldwide while raising awareness of ocean issues to a broader community.
“I started landscape painting as a teenager to express my gratitude for the natural world and for the sea,” said Cabot. “I am thrilled to be able to provide this same opportunity through Bow Seat for students around the world so that they can learn about ocean conservation through the arts and, in doing so, gain meaningful connections with and empathy for our blue planet.”
“I love that my passion for art has come full circle to nurture young minds and to provide them with a platform to speak up for our ocean – a platform that celebrates and amplifies the young voices that are often left out of conversations or decisions that impact the world they will inherit.”
Cabot is also a board member of Women Working for Oceans and a trustee of the New England Aquarium. She is a founding partner of the Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, a scientific endeavor focusing on fisheries conservation and aquaculture solutions, marine mammal research and conservation, habitat and ecosystem health, and marine animal health.
NEID, an independent initiative of The Boston Foundation and The Philanthropic Initiative, is a community of global donors, grantmakers, social investors, corporations, and foundations learning, giving, investing, and partnering together to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and human rights for all.