This summer, I was working on a video series with Rob Greenfield, an environmentalist, adventurer, activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world.
Rob developed the idea for the video series and I have been connecting with the subjects and filming.
I am going to be posting some more behind the scenes stories about the people we have covered in these stories.
Eric works as a Salmon fisherman on Kodiak Island, Alaska during the summer time, and crews on the same catamaran as my now, fiancé, Kestrel, during his offseason. That's how he and I met. I was looking for subjects for this series and reached out to him. He was looking for some extra coverage, so he obliged. He had just finished designing his boat and was starting to talk to the city of San Diego about getting some contracts to help clean marinas and different areas of the bay.
His boat is essentially outfitted with a small whale’s mouth size net on the front, that scoops up trash as it maneuvers around marinas and parts of the bay. While the net is down, the boat must be going slowly or risk the net snapping off. Once he fills the net, it is hoisted up and he dumps the trash into one of the trash barrels on the deck of the boat and drops the net back into the water.
Unfortunately, but maybe fortunately, while I was onboard, we didn't get a chance to see big piles of trash go into his net. He told me stories of how much trash he finds after it rains. Think of all the trash you see on the side of the freeways and streets running right into the bay. At some points, the 5 freeway is very close to the bay near downtown San Diego.
While Eric's boat does indeed run off of gasoline, takes space in the marina, and used materials to be build, it’s people like him who are looking for solutions to change our way of thinking for a better future. Like he said in his interview (which didn't make it into the video), "We are a cause of the problem, we need to create awareness so that trash doesn't even make it this far."
Most of the people from that series I knew or knew people they knew. Follow that? I think that really helped bring an intimacy into each character because they were comfortable with me getting into their space. Most of the subjects are doing things they love and I think that is sometimes hard to open up to others and share that process.
The video has already reached over 381,400 on Facebook alone, not to mentioned the views on Huffington post, which are hard to track. Below is the video and some still photos I took while working on this project.
Follow this link to the Huffington post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/heres-how-to-keep-our-oceans-trash-free_us_59247c5fe4b0b28a33f63008