All the hoopla is behind us…the wall of beautiful ocean images…the throngs of helpful Sanctuary staff…the eager faces of excited access station staff…the boxes of business cards (when are you gonna enter them in contacts, Steve?)…the brochures and DVD‘s and speeches…the session on “A Passion for Place” with Paul Michel and LZ…it’s all over and San Francisco is just a memory…a memory that will serve as fuel to launch a web portal devoted to ocean conservation with over 100 high quality videos that are entertaining and informative…and best of all FREE to community media stations across the land and across the sea..and to individuals who carry the flag and the fight to preserve and protect our oceans for future generations. Now it’s late nights at the computer, trying to beat the deadlines…dozens of server addresses to copy and link…descriptions to write…and a big ball of anxiety wondering who will help…who will ensure this project goes forward…who will stand with this author and prove to the world we’re doing what we said we’d do…right now it’s all promises…and a long Sunday night wondering if they’ll be fulfilled. Whatever the price…whatever it takes…whoever needs to be begged for assistance…this will happen…Your Sanctuary TV will come alive at midnight on June 8th..glorious in its content, superlative in its knowledge, brilliant in its images and ready to capture future partners who will join the fight for our oceans with their own images and videos and articles. The flame burns too hot to be extinguished…..hold on for it will be an unforgettable ride…hold on for the promise to launch this portal for all to share and multiply the impressions in towns, cities, counties, states and countries throughout the world will come true if it’s that last thing we do. Please join us on June 8th at http://www.yoursanctuarytv.org for our contribution to World Ocean Day…thank you for your time and energy.
He’s the Big Daddy when it comes to Big Movies, so when James Cameron speaks….people listen. After all, he produced blockbusters that are practically household names: Terminator, Rambo First Blood, True Lies, Titanic and most recently, Avatar. During his keynote at the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conference, Mr. Cameron told the audience about an ongoing conversation with fellow Ocean Advocate Dr. Sylvia Earle. The meat of the matter, is whether someone who is carnivorous can also be a Conservationist. According to Mr. Cameron, the answer is an emphatic no. No to hot wings, no to BBQ, no to In and Out Burger. While we understand Mr. Cameron’s perspective: harming other species in order to sustain ourselves can seem harsh and brutal to those of us who buy our animal protein all packaged up and pretty….but what about entire populations who depend on fish for most of their protein? Does this mean that a Pacific Islander who descended from centuries of fishermen should sell the boat, burn the net and plant some yams? If anything, Mr. Cameron’s comment is truly food for thought.
Stephen Ellzey is Executive Producer and Development Director for Access Monterey Peninsula. He currently produces a monthly program on Ocean Conservation: Your Scanctuary. Steve can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org