Greetings to all the conscious people of Elephant!
I am truly honored to be here and to have been invited to share stories and experiences, some amazing and some sad, regarding the state of our oceans and the people taking action and organizing in their communities to bring awareness, education and activism to create the change they want to see.
This is not my first adventure with Waylon and Elephant. We have a history of sharing office space (read booth at the Trident or any number of hip Boulder libation locations). Elephant Live events have introduced me to amazing people and projects in the last ten years as well as helped to inspire me along my own path.
When the film I was lucky enough to work on started reaching audiences here in Colorado, across the country and around the world, Waylon helped shine the light on the ocean and what some friends and I were up to in Japan. It turns out, the readers here are very interested in ocean issues and the plight of our rivers and lakes, mountains and meadows. It’s all connected.
So it is with great pleasure to introduce an impressive and ever growing community here in Colorado, The Colorado Ocean Coalition. You can also visit them here.
Although Colorado is far from the salt and sea, people from all over the planet have chosen to make this mountain state their home, and are aware of and want to become more informed about how the decisions we make can effect the oceans so far away. Consumption of all our natural resources including the snow that falls and waters carried in the rivers that swell in spring all lead to the ocean.
We are surrounded by opportunities to observe, engage and act in ways that have a positive and collective shift toward more conscious consumption and more inspired and involved community. The Colorado Ocean Coalition is working to bring information and opportunity to Boulder and beyond.
There are some amazing people out there bringing the message of conservation and the responsible caretaking of our oceans. One of the most vocal is Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence. Dr. Earle will be in Colorado next week to join the Colorado Ocean Coalition to help celebrate the one year anniversary of a group of ocean-minded young people, students from our local secondary schools, the University of Colorado, Naropa University, dive communities, filmmakers, intellectuals, environmentalists and activists.
The Colorado Ocean Coalition invites us to join them for an evening fundraising event on Sunday, November 13th, 2011 at 1301 Spruce Street, Boulder, Colo. 7-10 p.m.
Join all of the speakers and guests on the 13th including:
David Helvarg, ’50 Ways to save an Ocean’
Dan Basta and Billy Causey from National Marine Sanctuaries
Charlotte Vick from Google Ocean
Earth Gaurdians , great kids from right here in Boulder!
Louie PsihoyoDirector of ‘The Cove’
And many more….
We are looking forward to an inspired weekend of events and invite all those interested in creating more consciously motivated decisions and directly involve themselves in the collective consciousness to join us!
Joe Chisholm is a production coordinator and wannabe filmmaker residing in Boulder, CO. USA. Visit him at www.wavesofaction.org. If there are issues mentioned above that you would like to know more about, offer opportunities and suggestions, or perhaps some editing I can be reached at [email protected] and www.wavesofaction.org. We work to bring great films and filmmakers to ever growing audiences in classrooms in Boulder, across the state, throughout the USA and around the world encouraging everyone to go out in the world, document the things you see and share your messages, concerns, dreams and activism!