Yesterday we held an invitation-only fundraiser event in Woodside, California, at the home of Carol Mone and Roger Choplin. Thanks to our generous hosts for a memorable afternoon - and thanks to all the guests for coming along.
Carol and Roger's son, Jacob, put together an impressive technological show - guests could click on any of my YouTube videos to watch them on the huge home theatre screen. We handed out brochures and pledge cards, and Bill Chayes (documentary producer) and I both stood to say a few words.
And we were entertained by Eric Beattie - neuroscientist and amateur musician with the Party Ants, with a song written specially for the occasion. It is rather special, so I thought I'd like to share it with you. See the bottom of this blog.
I'd like to create a "party pack", as I often receive offers from people wanting to host an event to raise funds for my mission and my message. It would include brochures, pledge cards, video DVDs and reusable grocery bags.
And if I was unable to be there in person, we would set up a video link via Skype or similar, so that I could speak live to the assembled group and take questions.
Event organizers would need to cover the up-front costs of the materials, but could then reclaim this from the proceeds of the event.
If you would be interested in hosting such an event, please write to me using the contact form on this website.
Now, for the song...
The Soul Of The Sea
Eric Beattie 10/19/2008
Red sun over waters shine,
was that a voice or just a trick of the mind?
or call from the soul of the sea?
"won't you please be good to me?"
White foam crashing on the sand
some hear the voice and they make stand
speaking out for the soul of the sea
calling out "won't you row along with me?"
Rising, come along with me
Rising, pull along with me,
Rising, row along with me
And together we're the soul of the sea!
Deep blue rolled big today
and the brave still work the waves
pulling strong for the soul of the sea
sing a song for the soul of the sea.
As I fast approach the grand old age of 41, rather than worrying about growing older I prefer to focus on growing.
But growing bolder is another way of looking at it, and also happens to be the name of a Florida radio show that interviewed me last week. I had great fun doing the interview - they asked some great questions - and I thought you might enjoy sharing it too.
You can click here to hear the interview, including my thoughts on the meaning of life, the universe, and everything!
Here is a short but powerful video about the state of the oceans, featuring my friend from the JUNK Raft, Dr Marcus Eriksen. It contrasts the Pacific crossed by a raft in 1958 with the Pacific crossed by the JUNK in 2008 - and the comparison is not favourable.
That's the bad news. The good news is that we can make sure the same tragic degradation does not occur over the coming 50 years. Let's keep using our reusable grocery bags, reusable coffee mugs, and reusable water bottles, and make sure that a similar video created in 2058 will look back and thank us for taking action to avert disaster.
Yesterday afternoon I went to another film premier - my third in a week! (The others were Call It Home: Searching For Truth on Bolinas Lagoon and Fuel, the latest film by Josh Tickell of Veggie Fan fame.
It's a fascinating look at America's addiction to oil, and the viability of alternative fuels for the future. Special guest appearances by various famous faces, including Richard Branson, Cheryl Crowe, Larry Hagman and Willie Nelson.
Entertaining, informative and thought-provoking - highly recommended!
[photo: Roz at the post-premier party with Josh Tickell]