The Rock & Roll powers that be have finally thrown Mother Nature a bone by loaning her a legendary guitarist and one rich British bloke. Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam and David de Rothschild of banking clan fame are two of many supporters of Conservation International's (CI) new plan to save the world's oceans from corruption by trash.
Stone Gossard rocks out for Mother Earth
Pearl Jam has been known for their Earth-friendly mentality and, sitting in a plush Four Seasons suite in downtown Seattle Thursday morning, Gossard's tune was a green one, singing praises of environmentally-minded folks and bringing these lessons to the ears of the everyday non-recycler.
"I'm speaking not as a guitarist but as a concerned citizen. This organization has the resources and more importantly the initiative to headline this project," said Gossard of CI's fish-saving plan.
Conservation International hopes that popular figures like Gossard or Rothschild can help them recruit more green heads into their fold. They'll start by hosting an invitation-only charity dinner at Fremont Studios tonight at 8 p.m. Pearl Jam the band will not be rocking it for the planet that night, but Gossard and his long gray locks will make a star-powered appearance, as he and Rothschild will both speak on environmental issues alongside a slew of marine biologists and environmental do-gooders.
Adventure Ecology leader Rothschild has seen his share of oceanic garbage. He finished a five month sea excursion on the Plastiki this summer, sailing for a total of 8,000 miles on a catamaran made entirely out of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles. He doesn't like to see animals choke to death on crap humans threw into the ocean, but has seen it on more than one occasion.
"A plastic bag floating in the ocean can resemble a delicious jellyfish to an unknowing sea turtle," said Rothschild, whose crew finished their voyage in Sydney, Australia last July. "Before he knows it, that turtle's choking to death on something that was never meant to be there in the first place."
Gossard's close friend and scuba diving buddy, Conservation International President Peter Seligman,n wants to convince big name CEO's to hop on the boat. Seligmann has already partnered with Costco boss James Sinegal, whom he regularly takes the plunge with as well. He's also gotten his hands on some top tier fish nerds like marine biologist Greg Stone, who has seen the damage to the environment first-hand.
"It was off the coast of Japan ... I was in a submersible about three miles below the surface of the ocean. I laid my eyes on a piece of land that hadn't seen daylight in half a billion years," said Stone, who did not find Godzilla or the monster from Cloverfield.
"It was covered in garbage; water bottles, dolls, Styrofoam, plastic bags." Stone added that it was this excursion that birthed the motivation he has to support this project. "Then I realized, we [humans] had ruined a part of the planet we'd never even been to."
Stone didn't see any Free Willy's strangled by discarded six-pack holders, but mentioned there was enough garbage down there to do lethal harm to more than just a couple of sea turtles.
"Welcome to Spaceship Earth, everyone," said Stone. "Take a look around at what we've got. There is no refuel, no resupply. This is all we have."