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Paul Walker’s Ocean Legacy Lives On

Today would have been Paul Walker’s 42nd birthday. His untimely death cost the Aquarium – and the ocean – a great friend. Now his daughter Meadow Walker has created a lasting way to continue to her father’s commitment to protecting the ocean: The Paul Walker Foundation. We’re proud to play a part in advancing this living legacy.

“Reflecting on my father, I found myself connecting with his passions,” Meadow said. “His passion for the ocean, his passion for rescuing animals, his passion for helping people, his passion for spontaneous goodwill.  I wanted to share that piece of him with others. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my father than to continue his legacy of helping others.”

Support for ‘amazing teens’

Among the Foundation’s priorities will be working with the Aquarium – one of Paul’s favorite places, and a place he visited with Meadow on several occasions – to identify amazing teens who are passionate about the ocean and award them with scholarships to pursue higher education goals.

We’ll celebrate Paul and his commitment to a future with healthy oceans on October 3, when we present our 2015 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award to pop singer and ardent marine conservationist Anjali World during our Make It Sustainable weekend celebration. Meadow Walker and Aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard will present the award.

“I can’t begin to express how honored I am to receive this award,” Anjali said. “I used to volunteer at the aquarium when I was in middle school and that experience was one of the reasons I fell in love with the ocean. I am humbled by the recognition, and the opportunity to do even more to protect ocean life.”

Commitment to ocean conservation

Anjali earned a degree in marine ecology from UC-Berkeley and co-founded the nonprofit Jaws & Paws to support recovery of sea turtles, sharks, polar bears and other species—and to encourage others to get involved.

We’ll also honor one of the “amazing teens” the Foundation will support when we present the 2015 Paul Walker Youth Award to Katie Ridgway of Monterey. A Teen Conservation Leader and volunteer at the Aquarium, Katie contributes to research at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station related to the impacts of climate change on the ocean. And she’s creating a club for  teens who dive and snorkel, to coordinate removing trash from Monterey Bay.

In 2014, at the inaugural award ceremonies, we honored singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, actress and supermodel Marisa Miller and teen conservation champion Ailis Dooner.

With the support of Meadow Walker, the Walker family and The Paul Walker Foundation, we look forward to doing much more in the years to come!

Learn more about our many free education programs.

Join us for the Paul Walker Award celebration.

Photos: Meadow and Paul Walker courtesy Paul Walker Foundation. Paul Walker at Kelp Forest ©Monterey Bay Aquarium/Randy Wilder.