How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. – Arthur C. Clarke
Today we celebrate Earth Day, commemorating this date in 1970 when the Apollo mission first looked down on our planet and saw it for the big blue marble that it is. Seeing our home as a single entity, and not a bunch of arbitrary lines on a map. The ocean covers over 70% of the surface of the planet, and most of the human population replies on it for their very lives. So when we talk about “Earth Day”, it is critical that we do not forget the oceans.
My work with the Ocean Media Institute has allowed me to bring together colleagues and friends from a variety of disciplines and industries. As a non-profit, fundraising is the one thing no one wants to do, but it is one of the most important. So finding the right partners is critical. When I conceived of the Blues for the Blue series, my hope was to have the opportunity to show a few cool ocean films at some of my favorite breweries and raise a little money for OMI. Well, tomorrow, Tampa Bay Brewing Company – a long time friend and supporter of ocean conservation causes – is holding their annual festival, the Bad-Ass Beer Fest, and the proceeds will go to benefit OMI.
I can’t begin to express my own gratitude to the Doble family for this honor. I am always humbled by their generosity, but now I have the opportunity to actually work side by side with them on something we all believe in so strongly: our oceans.
All of the details of the fest can be found here, so I encourage any and all ocean and/or beer lovers to get involved! One of the most exciting things tomorrow will be the raffle: the winner and a friend will get a day of fishing and beer with head brewer Dave Doble and me on the Reef Donkey boat! You can’t ask for a better day than that!
Also keep in mind that the next installment of Brews for the Blue will be held at Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Westchase, showing Changing Seas: Grouper Moon & Alien Invaders.