Blue Beyond Borders presents...
I Heart Blue
an ocean love affair
An Ocean Conservation Fundraiser
“I am literally watching the oceans become toxic soup. It is breaking my heart.” – Dr. Susan Shaw
- Immersive multimedia, zero-carbon event that will raise money and awareness for the Marine Environmental Research Institute, a leading organization in the ocean community dedicated to protecting ocean life and human health through research, outreach, and advocacy. Founded by Dr. Susan Shaw, a pioneering marine toxicologist, explorer, and ocean advocate, the Institute is at the forefront of understanding the rising pollution in the world’s oceans and engaging the public and policymakers in innovative solutions to end the flow of contaminants into the sea.
- Renowned musicians, dancers, actors, and other performers will be providing entertainment for the event: live music, interpretive dance, theatre, rap, and poetry.
- Ocean conservation experts will engage in an exciting roundtable discussion, which will be moderated by Fabien Cousteau
- Keynote speech given by Dr. Susan Shaw, Founder of Marine Environmental Research Institute
- Silent Auction: art, autographed books, award-winning photography, gift certificates, luxury items, and more.
- Gourmet catering, wine and our event’s signature cocktail: Surf Kiss
- Major news outlets (tv, print and internet) have committed to covering the event
- Green Mountain Energy Company is proud to help I Heart Blue go green by offsetting part of its estimated carbon dioxide emissions! In partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company, Blue Beyond Borders has calculated and offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with powering the I Heart Blue event. We are offsetting 1,500 pounds of CO2 – that’s like not taking 630 taxi rides or 5,700 car trips across the Brooklyn Bridge!”
- ACA Galleries is generously donating a portion of the proceeds of any piece of art from their collection sold at the I Heart Blue event to the Marine Environmental Research Institute.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Susan Shaw Founder of M.E.R.I.
Dr. Shaw is widely known for her pioneering research on the toxic legacy of man-made chemicals in the ocean environment. She is credited as the first scientist to show that flame retardant chemicals used in home interiors and consumer products have contaminated marine mammals and commercially important fish stocks in the northwest Atlantic. Her research has influenced policy decisions in the U.S. and abroad. http://www.meriresearch.org/
(A thought-provoking discourse between Dr. Susan Shaw, Rebecca Alban Hoffberger; moderated by Fabien Cousteau)
Fabien Cousteau, Founder of Plant a Fish Oceanographic Explorer
Growing up on decks of his famous Grandfather’s (Jacques Yves Cousteau) ships, Calypso and Alcyone, Fabien Cousteau was destined to work to protect our planet’s immense and endangered marine habitats. From his vast experience in the field, coupled with a degree in environmental economics from Boston University, he has refined a public policy platform grounded by his strong belief that environmental discipline can be the basis for innovative solutions that strike a balance between regional and global environmental problems and the realities of market economies. http://www.plantafish.org/
Dr. Susan Shaw, Founder of M.E.R.I. Scientist / Conservationist
Widely known for her pioneering research on the toxic legacy of man-made chemicals in the ocean environment, Dr. Susan Shaw is credited as the first scientist to show that flame retardant chemicals used in furniture and consumer products have contaminated marine mammals and commercially important fish stocks in the northwest Atlantic. Her research has influenced policy decisions in the U.S. and abroad.
An outspoken and influential voice on ocean pollution, Shaw was the first scientist to dive in the Gulf of Mexico oil slick and report on the impact of chemical dispersants on marine life. She currently leads GULF ECOTOX, an investigation of the effects of dispersed oil in the Gulf and serves on the U.S. Department of Interior’s Strategic Sciences Working Group, a team of scientists charged with assessing consequences of the spill and recommending policy actions. She has appeared in several documentary films on the Gulf disaster including Animal Planet’s Black Tide: Voices of the Gulf and Green Planet’s The Big Fix, the Official Selection documentary at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
A Fulbright Scholar with dual degrees from Columbia University in film and public health/environmental health sciences, Shaw published Overexposure, the first book on the health hazards of photographic chemicals, in 1983 with Ansel Adams. In 2011 Shaw received the Society of Women Geographers’ Gold Medal Award, joining the ranks of Amelia Earhart, Margaret Mead, Jane Goodall, and Sylvia Earle. In 2012, she received the Explorers Club Citation of Merit Award for “extraordinary feats of exploration and research” and her leadership role in ocean conservation at the Explorers Club Annual Dinner ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City. Shaw was recently honored with the 2012 Next Award by MaineBiz magazine for her work in shaping the future of Maine.
Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder & Director of AVAM
Rebecca Alban Hoffberger is the dynamic founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, America’s national museum for outsider art. She was honored with the Urban Land Institute’s coveted National Award for Excellence and an honorary doctorate from the Maryland Institute College of Art. AVAM hosted the 2012 State of Our Earth Eco Conference featuring three acclaimed environmental leaders – Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Dr. Susan Shaw and Dr. Shira Kramer. Among her recent projects is “Raising an Army of Poets to Save the Spirit Bear Coast Rainforest” in which 22 of the world’s greatest poets contributed one line to a collaborative protest poem against installing an oil pipeline through the pristine Spirit Bear Coast.
Murray Fisher, President of the New York Harbor Foundation, Co-founder of New York Harbor School
Murray Fisher helped launch Waterkeeper Alliance, the umbrella organization for the then thirty six Waterkeeper programs throughout the world. Murray left Waterkeeper Alliance in the fall of 2002 to found the New York Harbor School with Richard Kahan from The Urban Assembly. Harbor School was approved in April 2003, and Murray became the school’s Founder and Program Director, charged with leading the school with Principal Nate Dudley and bringing the Harbor to the school, which was located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Specifically, Murray developed the Career and Technical Education programs, managed the school’s outside partners, raised approximately $500,000 yearly for our on-water and after school programs. In September 2010 the school moved to its new home on Governors Island. That same fall, Murray opened the New York Harbor Foundation for Marine Education and Restoration, and completed the $4.5 million capital campaign for the school’s future Marine Science and Technology Center.
Murray now runs the New York Harbor Foundation on Governors Island, raising money for marine education and restoration programs with Harbor School students.
Claudia Dreifus, Journalist, New York Times writer
Claudia Dreifus is a journalist, educator and lecturer, producer of the weekly feature “Conversation with…” of the Science Section of The New York Times, and known for her interviews with leading figures in world politics and science. She is adjunct associate professor of international affairs and media at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University. She has written extensively on the lives of American and international scientists. She is particularly known as the writer and producer of the “Conversation with…” feature of the Tuesday Science Section of The New York Times. Among various honors and affiliations, Dreifus is senior fellow of the World Policy Institute In 2006, she was inducted as honorary member of Sigma Xi and in 2007 she was awarded the Career Achievement Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Documentary Filmmakers Josh & Rebecca Tickell
Award-winning filmmakers Josh & Rebecca Tickell will show an excerpt from their film The Big Fix, (a Green Planet Productions film), which was the Official Selection documentary at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. http://www.thebigfixmovie.com/
Josh Tickell is a documentary film maker, director, blogger, author, and public speaker, focusing on topics related to biofuels. He is a thought leader at the intersection of new energy, new technology, new fuel, and new urbanism.
Rebecca Harrell Tickell is an environmental activist, author, producer, director, musician, and actress. She is the CEO of Green Planet Productions and, with her husband Josh Tickell, has dedicated her life to environmental activism through the medium of film.
Poetry Wallace J. Nichols
Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols is a scientist, activist, community organizer, author, and dad. He works to inspire a deeper connection with nature, sometimes simply by walking and talking, other times through writing or images. Lately, he is working on BLUEMiND: The Mind + Ocean Initiative, merging the fields of cognitive science and ocean exploration. Nichols contributes regularly to The Huffington Post. http://wallacejnichols.org/
Ballet Viki Psihoyos and Waves of Love Dance Troupe
Viki Psihoyos trained at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet for nine years, resulting in her being chosen to dance with his New York City Ballet. She also handled communications for Oceanic Preservation Society, when they released their groundbreaking film, The Cove. In response to the waves of adulation and activism that resulted, she created Ocean Action Tracker, http://www.oceanactiontracker.com to connect the ocean loving community.
Rap Baba Brinkman
Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist, writer, and former tree-planter who worked in the Rocky Mountains every summer for over ten years, personally planting more than one million trees. The Rap Guide to Evolution, The Canterbury Tales Remixed and Ingenious Nature– have all recently enjoyed extended off-Broadway runs at the Soho Playhouse. http://www.bababrinkman.com/
Music Garth Stevenson
Garth Stevenson is a Brooklyn-based composer and double bassist. His most recent and critically acclaimed release, Flying, is a seventy-five minute homage to a recent life-changing trip to Antarctica. Of Flying, iTunes praises, “Garth Stevenson joins the likes of Brian Eno, Sigur Rós, and David Sylvian as a practitioner of this ethereal yet accessible genre… http://garthstevenson.com/
Theatre Seth Michael May & Acting on Impulse Ensemble
Seth Michael May (SAG, AEA, AFTRA) began acting in 1989 and coaching in 1995. In 2010, he won the Backstage Reader's Choice Award for Favorite Improvisation Class and Teacher. . He has studied acting and worked with Herbert Berghof, Terry Schrieber, Viveca Lindfors, Marty Fried, and Harold Guskin, among others. He has taught workshops in sensory work, improvisation, and classical theatre in New York, Los Angeles, and Europe. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0562127/
Master of Ceremonies:
Creative Conservationist Asher Jay
Asher Jay is a multifaceted creative conservationist. She is the founder of Garbagea (www.garbagea.com) and Sea Speak Sphere (www.seaspeaksphere.com), under which she exhibits the collaborative installation piece Message in A Bottle (www.asherjay.com)
Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Location: ACA Galleries 529 W. 20th Street, 5th Floor, (between 10th & 11th Ave)
Green Mountain Energy Company is generously donating $10 per person who signs up as a new Green Mountain Energy customer at the I Heart Blue event to the Marine Environmental Research Institute. Green Mountain Energy Company is proud to help I Heart Blue go green by offsetting part of its estimated carbon dioxide emissions! In partnership with Green Mountain Energy Company, Blue Beyond Boarders has calculated and offset the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with powering the I Heart Blue event. We are offsetting 1,500 pounds of CO2 – that’s like not taking 630 taxi rides or 5,700 car trips across the Brooklyn Bridge!” www.greenmountain.com
ACA Galleries is generously donating the event space and a portion of the proceeds of any piece of art from their collection sold at the I Heart Blue event to the Marine Environmental Research Institute. www.acagalleries.com
4food is generously donating their catering services for the event www.4food.com
Susty Party is generously donating biodegradable tableware www.sustyparty.com
Flatiron Wines & Spirits for generously donating prosecco.
Silent Auction Items contributed by:
Izabell Lam, Anne Doubilet, David Rothenberg, Richard Ellis, Andrew Revkin, Diana Reiss, Jim Toomey, Louie Psihoyos, Amos Nachoum, Starre Vartan, Wallace J. Nichols, Salon 718, Helen Noel, Seth Michael May, Claudio Garzon, Asher Jay, Baba Brinkman, Leilani Munter, and others.
We also have some exceptional vegan/vegetarian restaurants in NYC sponsoring a fine dining experience with an ocean luminary at their respective establishments:
All Silent Auction Proceeds will be directly collected by Marine Environmental Research Institute.
Event Produced by:
Blue Beyond Borders (Asher Jay & Jennifer Seeger)
Advisory Member: Anne Doubilet www.annedoubilet.com
Keating & Co
Marc Hall (www.marchallphotography.com)
Terry Chao (www.veganchao.com)
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Blue symbolizes all our planet has to offer. It is the most concise way to describe the most iconic view of our planet as seen from space. Blue stands for oceans, lakes, air, sky, sea, and atmosphere. It represents all the planet's water, which feeds and fuels all living organisms on Earth, whether land-based or underwater. Blue stands for freedom. And beyond all else, if Earth is only one thing, it is Blue, and we must stop ignoring our planet. We must go into the Blue and save our world.
Blue Beyond Borders is devoted to creating unique and evocative seminar and workshop events that promote awareness about pollution, destruction of ecosystems, extinction, wildlife preservation, ocean conservation, and climate change as well as prestigious, well-publicized charity fundraiser events for NGOs in the environmental and wildlife conservation movement.