Saturday, October 16, 2010

Jack Johnson Concert for 5 Gyres - Oct. 12

Anna Cummins and Dr. Marcus Eriksen who are the co-founders of 5 Gyres

I've lost track of which ocean Marcus is crossing at the moment, and Anna is home in LA very hard at work, so Garen and I went to the Jack Johnson concert for them to set up a 5 Gyres table in the Village Green.

Jack Johnson invites local non-porfits from the surrounding area to come to every one of his concerts to educate people about helping the environment whether it is through ocean conservation education about marine plastic pollution, or supporting local foods. He invites a diverse group of folks out to change the world.
Garen and I did not know the treat that we were in for. Sure, I've liked Jack Johnson for awhile - BUT now I am a huge fan! He's a fantastic musician with a message I totally dig, but also he walks the walk so to speak. One of his staff - Kate - who was very nice to all of us - told me that there are no plastic water bottles allowed on the tour. So cool.

Garen is standing at an empty table - the only time that happened that night - because, as you will see below, Jack Johnson came out and played a 4 song set for us from oh...I'd say 20 feet away!
Jack Johnson and friend playing for a small gathering of folks on the Village Green
Garen is teaching interested concert goers about the dangers of plastic trash that ends up in the oceans. Much of it is collecting in 5 places called a gyre, which is a place where the ocean currents swirl together naturally bringing in natural debris, and trash - mostly plastic trash.

Marcus made this really cool display from welding the base to hold three window panels each depicting one of three topics - PROBLEM - SOLUTION - 5 GYRES. His display made the information easy to understand because of its creative, eye-catching design.
A sample shot of the PROBLEM side. See what it says in the bottom,"What's in your sushi?"
Algalita, 5 Gyres and Surfrider's Rise Above Plastics are hosting the PLASTICS ARE FOREVER INTERNATIONAL YOUTH SUMMIT in Long Beach this coming March.

Are you in high school, work at a high school, or know anyone who does? Then check this out and pass the word.

They are asking the youth to come up with solutions to plastic pollution, participate in a weekend conference in Long Beach, hear speakers Wallace J Nichols and Charles Moore, and then head back into their communities to be leaders of change!
It's going to rock!
Kamillo Beach is on the Big Island of Hawaii, which also happens to be my favorite place in the world. Swimming in the ocean off the Big Island inspired me to write, "Calliope and the Heart of the Sea" that I just finished on Thursday night. I sent it out the next morning to a literary agent that I met the SCBWI conference this past summer. Cross your fingers for me will you?
The paragraph above made it sound like I just blasted out, "Calliope" in no time. It actually took me 3 years, 10 months, and 15 days to get it to the agent I mentioned. That's not even to get it published. The clock is still ticking...
This shirt was designed by Rick Erkeneff - he and his wife Denise are very active in the South Orange County Surfrider Chapter. I had the priviledge of lobbying with her for AB 1998 - CA Ban the Bag Law (that didn't pass) - twice this year in Sacramento. They are a powerhouse environmental duo, and their daughter Lulu is a total champion surfer.
"An individual action, multiplied by millions, creates global change."

the picture above is of the "Village Green" that is erected at each JJ show


  1. Wow, I had no idea JJ had a website on the environment..Did u know Jason Mraz is a concerned environmentalist and advocate for humanity? He has a blog post here as well...Thanks for the info.

  2. Thanks for an informative article! Love Jack too - heard him live in Hawaii a few years ago.
    I collect sea glass in the southwest of France to make into one of a kind jewelry. Here huge tractor-like machines clean the beaches during high season. After season you can really tell the difference on many days - lots of tiny plastic chards.

  3. Thanks for commenting on this post! I would love to learn more about what you are up to with the beach glass in the s.w. of France! Can we talk about a beach cleanup from there? email me if you like - no worries if you are busy -

    thanks Lisa!

  4. Kalei's Best Friend

    Thank you for consistently commenting on my posts. I just found out about Jason Mraz from my friend Danielle. Have you seen her blog? You'd relaly like it!

    take care and thanks again for all your great comments!!

  5. Jack is SO amazing... how he "gives back" makes me like him so much more. Same with Mraz ;) I would go see Jack (or Jason) a million times over just because of the messages he helps promote.

    The 5 gyres display was awesome! I think that should have been a traveling non-profit... there's so much to learn about plastics in the ocean... and the more people learn... the more conscious they are to the problem and how they can help.

    Your book...I'll cross my fingers for you... it's going to be published and it's going to be inspiring :D

    <3 Danielle

    Oh yeah... nice shirt ;)

  6. @Sara: went to that link.. there is nothing posted.

  7. Sarah, I love this post. Thanks so much for everything that you are doing!! And I love everyone else's comments, too. I fully agree regarding Jason Mraz. I recommend keeping up to date with him via Facebook - he always posts great things:)

  8. Kalei's BF - hi there! not sure which link you went to. But if you let me know, I will try to correct it for you!

    thanks for your interest -

  9. Nicole -

    I love Surfrider and I think the collaboration between the two chapters for the music outreach program is just awesome!

    thanks for taking the time to comment on here. Let me know if there are ever shows in the LA area you want to table at with WLAM Surfrider. I know they do a bunch of events like concerts, but maybe we could help you too?

    awesome work!
    thanks again