As a marine biology student, I am all ears when it comes to ocean conservation—or anything to do with the sea. I not only study the problem of extinct species and waste dumping and hope to find a solution, but I also volunteer for various organizations that share my concern. I seek out people of like mind, so we can work together to make some progress in this noteworthy field. It is all about promoting the cause in any way we can and raising money and community interest. One friend in this category had an outdoor viewing party to show a short film she made on marine life and preservation. I loved the idea and thought it would be a great fundraiser. When you combine an evening of fun and refreshments with a worthy cause, it is the recipe for success. Make sure the weather is fine and the setting is comfortable.
The event was perfect, held on a balmy summer night. The turnout was impressive, and we had tables of literature strategically placed on her patio. If you wandered in off the street by accident, you would definitely know what was up. If not, a volunteer would soon gain your attention. Another friend made a short speech to charge up the audience and get them ready for the film. My friend did a great job in a ten-minute short subject and the response was very positive. It was easy to show the film in her large yard with the help of a projector and some portable wireless outdoor speakers. You can buy them in many stores and online at cost-effective prices. She bought a set for future use as filmmaking is her passion, especially with ocean conservation as the focal point. You can approach the subject from many angles: from the beachcomber to the sea creature swimming off shore. She used a voice over to enliven the beautiful images. It was a fun night for a great cause.
My heart is definitely in her work and I hope to help fund some of her short films in the near future. She likes the idea of collaboration and an exchange of ideas. She could see us going in new directions that would highlight the wonders of the deep and at the same time promote conservation. One of the next films will be about over fishing certain species and the need for coastal regulation in some areas where extinction is imminent. This happens all over the world where laws are lax. While she doesn’t want to attack anyone’s livelihood, a discussion of the problem in these key areas is vital.
If you are interested in conservation of our sea creatures and maintaining the ecosystems around the world, join me again for a glimpse at someone’s life in the pursuit of improvement. If enough of you jump on the band wagon with me, we can make at least a small dent in an enormous problem.