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Anthony Hill: Family Trivia Van Tour

ROAR: First of all, your a quiz master!? How does one become such a master?

Anthony: Yeah, I get that question pretty much every time someone asks me what I do. It’s such an aggrandising title as I guess any title with the word master in it seems to be. 

I actually just fell into the role as quizmaster at a pub I was running in Bergen, Norway. There were no pub trivia nights in the city (or country that I later found out) so we started one up and after our first quizmaster quit, I was it, as no one else wanted to do it. I’ve always been a bit of a showoff - so here was a chance to act the goat on a weekly basis in front of a captive audience. Making the quizzes was the hard part - you have to include a bit of everything whilst not making it too difficult for the average punter. I think that’s where a lot of quizmasters go wrong. When the questions are far too hard, people are not having fun and maybe feel a bit dumb. I also chucked in a bunch of other little side-competitions to spice it up a bit. I ended up also doing trivia shows for private parties, student groups, corporate events, TV and radio - it’s been a pretty wild ride. That was 20 years ago and I must say, it’s been a pretty fun way of earning a living.

ROAR: You have chosen to use your creativity and energy to connect with communities and raise awareness about plastic pollution. Tell us how you achieve this.

Anthony: I attended an international conference on marine debris in Oslo last year and it was agreed by the end of the conference that the biggest "problem about this problem" was that most people do not realise the extent to which plastics are now infesting our oceans, affecting marine life and ultimately us. Maybe if enough people became aware, we could affect change on an individual, community and legislative level. 

But people are being bombarded with doom and gloom 24/7 and this was yet another crisis that I was about to bring onto their radar. There’s a fair amount of apathy to environmental crises out there but I think this is partly due to this sheer bombardment by environmental groups and the media. I reckon that many people who also have their own day-to-day issues to contend with, end up just burying their head in the sand.

Around the same time last year, I attended a seminar on The Psychology of Activism by a very smart kiwi, a professor of Psychology from the University of Auckland called Niki Harre. Niki also wrote a book called Psychology for a Better World. Her main message is that if you want people to follow your cause and be activated, you have to find a fun way of getting your message across and engage them.

So a little light bulb went off in my head and the concept of "trivia nights around Australia to raise awareness about plastic in our oceans" was born. Aussies love their trivia, hopefully as much as they love their ocean so here was an opportunity to get lots of them in a room together, slam them about the plastic issue, have a bit of fun but most of all, learn about how we can combat the problem. 

I don’t want these nights to be about doom and gloom and they definitely aren’t. It’s mostly about solutions, tips, community projects and encouraging creative ways to use alternatives to plastic. I don’t want people to forget about the issue when I’ve left town so I usually spend over a week there trying to get initiatives started that will help build a non-plastic movement.

A big part of the tour is about going into schools, holding talks for the kids and suggesting projects that they can get behind. The kids are amazing - they’re really engaged, concerned, immediately understand the problem from top to bottom and are full of questions and ideas. I think it’s the kids engagement that drives me most.

ROAR: What bought about your choices to focus on the ocean and plastic pollution? What have been some highlights through your travels and connecting with communities?

Anthony: I talk about this at the trivia nights. It’s about love and I think we need people to fall in love with their natural environment. I’m an ocean lover. I think it began when as a baby, my mum took me baby-swimming in the ocean baths. I grew up in Coffs Harbour, was in nippers, had a surf mat, boogie board and eventually a surfboard. I also sailed, fished and was just always at the beach. I have an affinity for the ocean that is shared by many surfers and others. Having lived in Norway for a really long time, I didn’t get to surf so much but ended up kayaking on the fjords in summer. More and more I was picking up plastic floating around in this seemingly pristine part of the world. As a quizmaster I was always researching different topics so I decided to research plastic in the ocean. It was then that I found out about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (The North Pacific Gyre) - a rotating area of concentrated  plastic as big as NSW and one of 5 such patches in our oceans. Humans dump 4.6 million tonnes of rubbish into our oceans every year, up to 80% of which is plastic. Unlike other human waste, plastic doesn’t break down and disappear back into the web of life. It just breaks into smaller and smaller pieces becoming what is now termed micro plastic. Plastic also attracts other water borne contaminants like DDT, PCBs that stick onto it. It’s being ingested by creatures at every level on the food chain from Zooplankton to birds and large marine mammals. With us being at the top of the food chain, you can see what’s happening. Not to mention millions of creatures dying from entanglement. 

I couldn’t just sit on my hands and do nothing so this is the “something" that I can do.

Driving around Australia in a camper has always been a dream. This project has made it far better than I ever imagined. I originally thought that it would be surfing, sight-seeing and doing some trivia nights but the project itself has become the main thing, taking up 90% of my time. People are inviting me into their homes, not only for dinner or coffee but to stay (in some places for 2 weeks!) which has saved me uncountable bucks in campground fees. Talking and connecting with like-minded people and experiencing the engagement and concern from people of all ages many of who are already actively doing something about the issue is something that I never would’ve experienced on a simple road-trip. We’re also engaging public figures, politicians and creating solutions as we go. I highly recommend to anyone who’s thinking of an extended road trip to find a cause that they’re passionate about and just get out there and connect on the road.

I’ve enjoyed every trivia night so far (there’ve been 21 plus about 35 other events). Some have been well attended and others not so but in little Inverloch, South Gippsland over 200 people turned up which was just overwhelming and I reckon I was on a high for a week after that. But it’s funny when you ask about highlights, it’s like the whole thing is just one big highlight. It’s going so well that I’ll be spending about 2 weeks applying for funding and grants to continue as my money is fast running out.

ROAR: How can people get involved with what your doing and get initiatives happening in their community?

Anthony: If people would like to have a Family Trivia Night in their town or suburb, they can contact me and I’ll send them the info. I have everything they need, they just need to have the passion and energy. This will also lead to them initiating other projects in their community that will hopefully last forever. People can also join or support other groups like Surfrider Foundation or The Australian Marine Debris Initiative and get involved with other likeminded people. Or, just simply start picking up plastic whenever and wherever they are and lets start a movement where it’s cool and admired to clean up your environment.

ROAR: Your life sounds very adventurous which inspires us! What do you love most about getting on the road and exploring new places?

Anthony: It’s funny, I’m a very social person but I also love being alone for long periods. Being alone on the road or in nature whether it’s the beach or the mountains has become really important for thought and reflection. But not only that, in nature there are no distractions, no expectations - it just “is" and you can just "be”. It can also be inspirational and bring on lots of crazy ideas. Some of these ideas I’ve used, some I haven’t but half the fun is dreaming them up. Living on the edge financially is also part of the fun - you’ve gotta be very careful with your shopping and creative with your cooking, maybe go without a meal sometimes which is actually good for you. I’ve found that having few or no expectations seems to be the key to personal fulfilment - just moving organically on this journey and seeing where it goes.

ROAR: What are you most excited about in 2015?

Anthony: As well as trying to get funding, I’ll be changing the concept slightly towards the end of the year so stay tuned for more info about that. It’ll be exciting to see how it goes. I’ll be moving the tour to Qld until it warms up a bit in Vic so, heads up everyone for some Family Trivia Nights on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane Aug, Sept, Oct!  Then back to continue the tour of Victoria on the Surf Coast and Melbourne area from November. If anyone would like to get involved in Qld or Vic, just email or contact me on Facebook (The Family Trivia Tour).

Best regards,
Anthony Hill
The Family Trivia Tour - Saving Oceans from Plastic Pollution
Mobile: (+61) 0403 755 803
Website: www.triviatour.quizwest.no
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/familytriviatour?ref_type=bookmark

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Nat & Dan: Clean Coast Collective

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Nat & Dan: Clean Coast Collective


ROAR: How did Clean Coast Collective come to life and who are the founders?

N&D: Clean Coast Collective (CCC) emerged after a number of trips into remote sections of the NSW South coast. We hiked into these locations to find secluded waves, escape the crowds and to feel fully immersed in the coastline. However we began noticing that the further we hiked the more rubbish we found. 

So we started researching the issue and discovered that all this rubbish is called 'marine debris', that it's everywhere and that it's threatening to destroy everything we love about the ocean. We were shocked and one rainy coastal evening we decided we could no longer continue enjoying everything we love about the coastline without giving something back. 

ROAR: That's an awesome way to look at it! What's your purpose and passion with CCC and how can people get involved?

N&D: We have two main purposes with CCC, firstly educate all surfers and beachgoers to the enormity of trash and pollution in our oceans, and secondly to show people that creating a difference and working towards a solution can be really simple. We want to show people that you can live a life that includes removing rubbish from our beaches and reducing waste and plastics in our lives, while still enjoying the coastal lifestyle we all love.  

Fellow salty folk can get in touch with us on instagram (@cleancoastcollective), on Facebook, or on our website (www.cleancoastcollective.org) to find out about upcoming events and projects. Along with blog posts on our clean ups and ways to reduce plastics in your everyday life, our website also includes a directory of all clean up groups we have engaged with across Australia. Visitors can go to the directory and use the interactive map to find their closest clean up crew to lend a hand! 

ROAR: We love your website and can't wait to get some shirts!! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves and your recent adventure.

N&D: After a few months of doing beach clean ups on various beaches on the south coast, we decided that we needed to see how bad things were around the entire Australian coastline, we needed to raise awareness about marine debris on a larger scale, and we needed to support all the amazing people who have been working on this issue for years. The Trash Surfari campaign was born and we took off on an epic six month journey around the entire Australian coastline. 

The journey was an incredible eye opener. Not only did we learn all about our beautiful country and its rich diversity, but we were also blown away by the impact of marine debris on every part of the Australian coastline. Every single beach we visited, no matter how pristine it appeared on first glance, was impacted in some way by marine debris and plastic pollution. On urban beaches we would find litter left behind by beachgoers, and on more remote beaches we would find plastic remnants, micro plastics and large debris, such as oil drums, commercial fishing equipment and fridges! 

ROAR: What an epic adventure! I think most people would be amazed to know isolated beaches still have rubbish on them and how big the issue actually is! How important do you think collaborating with like minded people for a cause is and why?

N&D: Collaboration for us is really important. Since founding CCC we have come to appreciate the power of surrounding ourselves with positive and likeminded people. There is such a great energy that emerges when a group of positive people come together by chance and can share their passions with other likeminded and motivating individuals. We are incredibly impressed and inspired by people that we have met who are following their own path and making their dreams come true, no matter what they are.  
We want to use CCC as a way to collaborate with passionate people and promote their projects. Through our online presence we promote small grassroots groups keeping their strip of their coastline clean - groups that may just be an informal group of friends that meet once a month. Through this we hope to gain these groups more exposure and hopefully encourage others in the area to lend a hand at their events and clean ups. We also collaborate with coastal businesses and artists who, in some way, are promoting cleaner oceans and reduced plastics through their business and art. 

ROAR: What are some exciting programs happening this year?

N&D: Last year we were fortunate to run a very successful crowdfunding campaign through the ING Dreamstarter Program. With these funds we are able to run our 2015 project, the Trash Tribe. The idea for the Trash Tribe project emerged after visiting beaches in remote Cape York during our journey. These beaches, some of Australia's most beautiful and most remote, are incredibly impacted by marine debris. Local rangers spoke to us about heading out to a beach and cleaning up over two tonnes of rubbish, to just return the following week to see that more had floated in. Cape York is an incredible example of just how much rubbish is out in our oceans. 
The Trash Tribe project will take 10 creative, passionate and influential young Australians up to Cape York in July this year to undertake an epic beach clean up over 5 days. In past years, our partner organisation for the clean up, Tangaroa Blue, has removed between 3.5 to 5.5 tonnes of marine debris off a single Cape York beach - all washed ashore from shipping lanes and neighbouring countries. 
For any salties out there interested in applying to be one of the 10 Trash Tribe members, we are accepting applications until midnight 31 March - get in quick to join this epic adventure! 
 

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Luke McLeod: Got Soul

We have known Luke since he was a teenager and to be able to be a part of his exciting journey has been inspiring! We were so pleased to get the opportunity to talk with Luke about his business 'Got Soul' and share his passionate life and ideas of positive living and choices with you. Read below to learn what it takes to start your own business, why it is so important to be socially responsible, find out about awesome ethical products and more! You can be a part of the 'Got Soul' journey and find out about great ethical and sustainable businesses by clicking here on the Got Soul website and by giving the Got Soul Facebook a like! 

ROAR: What is Got Soul?

Luke: It started out as a question to help myself make better decisions, has it 'Got Soul'? I wanted to become more conscious of what I was spending my money on and be able to understand the broader and deeper sense of the whole product almost instantaneously, not just a key element of it e.g. organic, eco, fair trade etc

I feel that the word Soul captures that, but it can also be quite hard to define, so I've had to try and set some criteria to make it easier to find brands/companies that have 'Got Soul'. I came up with three standards that I feel best determine whether a product has 'Got Soul'.

1. Quality - The highest standards of quality throughout all their business. Including materials sourced, equipment used, branding, people involved, working environment etc 

2. Care - They have a genuine care for the environment, their community and employees with policies and practices to support these views.

3. Cause - They are using their business as a means to solve/improve a social/economic or cultural problem.

ROAR: What encouraged you to step out on your own?

Luke: I don't think there was a particular moment that made me want to start Got Soul. I've always known that I wanted to create something of my own. About 10 years ago I made a life plan of what I wanted to achieve and by when, and one of those was to launch a project that I was passionate about and that 'made a difference' on some level before I was 30.

I'm really big on intuition too. Training yourself to listen to your 'gut instinct'. I'm not saying not to listen to other people's opinions and feedback, I mean at the end of the day what ever feels right deep down. Even if it might be the complete opposite to what everyone around you is saying, go with that, it will serve you right almost all of the time.

ROAR: What is some advice you could offer for young entrepreneurs?

Luke: Number One. Just start. Almost everyone I talk to has an idea that their passionate about but are resistant to make something of it. Why they don't generally boils down to one word - Fear. Fear of failure. Fear of what other people might think of them and their idea. Fear of how much time and effort it will take. 

I think once you accept the fact that what ever you do, it's never going to be perfect and that it's about the journey, not the destination. The thought of starting something doesn't seem as daunting. Then once you have it out there begins the process of continual improvement and refinement.

2. Don't expect to be paid, but do plan to. If you're going to start something purely for the money, more times than not, it won't be a success. You need that passion there for the times when things aren't looking so great, when the cash situation is tight and the doubt creeps in about whether it was the right decision. If you don't have that passion, you'll more than likely pack it in and try something else (even though just another week might offer that breakthrough you were looking for). And don't expect that the money is going to walk in the door either, in regards to how good your idea is. Create a cash forecast and bust your ass to make those goals a reality.

3. Surround yourself with good people. Find those important people that have already done and succeeded in what you are trying to do and just ask them for advice. You'd be amazed at the amount of time people will give you if you are genuine about sourcing out help on how you aim for achieve what you want. Second is to take a look at the people in your inner circle and assess whether they are helping you head in the direction you are wanting to go or are hindering it. This can be a tough one to swallow, but it is extremely important. 

ROAR: Who has inspired and motivated your journey?

Luke: My mum would be number one. She has an unbelievable work ethic and is an eternal optimist. She raised four kids practically by herself, working multiple jobs at the one time to put all of us through a good school. She's now 61 and has more energy and focus than anyone I know. 

Business wise, I know it might sound like a bit of a cliche but Richard Branson is the man! His autobiography is the definition of a brilliant entrepreneur. His recent work with Virgin Unite and the B Team are also extremely inspiring. I'm also a big fan of legends Elon Musk (Pay Pal founder and most recently founder of Tesla Motors), Blake Mycoskie (TOMS) & Tom Szaky (Terracycle).

Lastly, and I know a few of my buddies are going to give me some slack over this, but Kelly Slater. I think he is the greatest sports person in history. I know that is a big call, but there's no one else that has dominated at the highest level of any sport for so long. His competitive spirit is legendary, now aged 42 and hungry as ever to win another world title. Absolutely inspiring!

ROAR: Can you give us a bit of background of your life up to this point?

Luke: Well I'm a country boy at heart, but moved to the coastal town Newcastle when I was 12 after my parents divorced. I wasn't the most astute student, I was more interested in making my own way. So I left school at the end of year 10 and started working anywhere I could find it. I then joined the ARMY Reserves when I was around 20 and went to uni to study business.

After getting my degree I worked for a variety of different corporate consulting/training companies, mainly because I got to learn twice as much as I would working for a direct service/product company (all of the training we were doing for our clients l was also benefiting from haha). These skills I learnt ranged from sales, management, risk analysis, OHS, project management, customer service, lean business practices, public presenting and many more. I've made some amazing friends and mentors from these years and am extremely grateful to all those who helped me get to where I am now.

By then I was then ready for a bit of a break and to start Got Soul, which is now starting to gain some momentum. I have some exciting developments coming up over the next couple of months! I can't talk about them too much right now, but you can join the Soul Circle (Got Soul's network) and follow our social media to keep tabs on what we've got planned.

ROAR: Why do you think it's important for a company to be socially responsible?

Luke: I don't think it's just important, I think it's an absolute must. We factually know that we are now living beyond our means. We use the equivalent of 1.5 planets to provide the resources we consume each year. This means it now takes the Earth one and a half years to regenerate what we use in one year. Now mathematically this is clearly not sustainable and is why I don't understand why more enterprises can't see the obvious reality. If they don't become more sustainable, they (and us) will eventually fail.

Which leads me to my next point, that it makes good business sense to do so too. People want to relate more to what they are spending their money on now. They want to buy things that are aligned with their morals and lifestyle. It's not longer about who's the biggest, the best or most expensive, it's about 'who know's me the best'. 'Who understands me and what's important to me'. This is why I believe in Got Soul so much. I want to lead that movement for those brands and companies that act and think that way. Creating a place that makes it easier for us to choose better.

Luke inspiring his audience at the 'Got Soul' launch night.

Luke inspiring his audience at the 'Got Soul' launch night.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

The 'Got Soul' man himself laying down a sweet soul carve.

The 'Got Soul' man himself laying down a sweet soul carve.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Luke often goes on soul inspiring trips researching ethical and sustainable products. This is a pic from Joshua Tree National Park on his latest trip.

Luke often goes on soul inspiring trips researching ethical and sustainable products. This is a pic from Joshua Tree National Park on his latest trip.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Thank you so much Luke for taking the time to share your passionate ideas and business with us. We hope you are all inspired to get out there and support ethical and sustainable products! View the 'Got Soul' promo clip below.

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Liz Clark: Ocean Adventurer

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Liz Clark: Ocean Adventurer

Sunset session. Photo by Bali Strickland.

Sunset session. Photo by Bali Strickland.

We get so inspired about sharing adventurous lifestyles and people's passionate stories and Liz Clark is definitely one of these people. She is truly living her dreams and is one of the most exciting and interesting people that we follow. She has given everything for her passion, to live an alternative lifestyle and spread her message. She "is a professional free surfer, writer, environmental activist, adventurer, photographer, Patagonia Ambassador, and Truth seeker, who has captained her 40ft sailboat, Swell, over 18,000 miles on a surfing expedition in the Pacific since 2005" (personal blog). Read on to hear how Liz was able to achieve her goals and live a truly passionate life. You can follow her stories on her Liz Clark and The Voyage of Swell website 

Your life seems to be revolved around the ocean through living and exploring on a boat and surfing all around the world. How did this lifestyle get instilled in you?
 
I grew up in and on the water, sailing with my family in Southern California. We spent all our family vacations and weekends sailing to the local Islands off the coast. When I was 9 years old we (my mom, dad, brother, and little sister) set off for most of a year aboard our 50-ft sailboat to cruise the coast of Mexico. It was on that voyage that I really fell in love with the lifestyle of traveling abroad by sea. Then in my teens we moved near the beach and I fell in love with surfing. Toward the end of my time at the University of Santa Barbara, California, my father let me live on his sailboat in the harbor there and I took friends out to some spots inaccessible by land and realized how my passion for surfing and my sailing background could come together to create something really amazing! 
 
Can you share how you started your amazing blog and came across swell?
 
Well, let’s start with Swell. In 2002, I was having a tough time in many aspects of my life, but mainly because I had been with a boyfriend who convinced me that I was incapable of living out my dream of sailing around the world. Not long after leaving him, I serendipitously crossed paths with a retired professor friend, Barry Schuyler, from my university in Santa Barbara, California. He was looking for someone to sail his boat around the world!? He was nearly eighty years old at the time and didn’t need the money to sell the boat and wanted to help someone realize his own unrealized life-long dream of an extended sailing adventure. So I was in the right place at the right time to say the least. We worked for two years together preparing Swell for the voyage, and became dear friends. 
 
So in fact, the blog was born out of a desire to share my experiences with, Barry, who happily awaited news from me at sea from his home in Santa Barbara. In fact, so many people helped me to get the voyage going, and so many people were crossing their fingers that I would succeed, that I felt the desire to keep them all informed of my adventures. Plus, after realizing how much went into the preparation for a voyage like mine, I realized how fortunate I was to be living what I’m living, so the blog was a way to give back and share the experiences with others. It gained readership little by little, and although Barry passed away in 2011, I continue to be passionate about my blog and sharing the insights and lifestyle that his generosity and vision originally helped manifest in my life. 
 
What are some highlights of living on the sea?
 
Waking up to the different faces of the sea every morning.  Living so close to nature in general. Freedom. There is nothing like the freedom of living on the sea. You get yourself where you want to go, on your own, and have the time to commune with yourself and the Source along the way. Bathing in the sea. Brushing my teeth under the stars. Meeting interesting people. And being close to the surf!
 
What have been some challenges along the way?
 
Innumerable challenges. Learning how to sail the boat safely, learning how to use all the equipment, and how to do the constant repairs of all sorts. Learning to deal with bad weather, and learning how to adapt, be flexible when obstacles arise. Learning how to slow down and not force things. Learning new languages, learning to be alone…the challenges never end, but when you are doing what you love, they are always possible to overcome.
 
Who has supported and inspired you in your amazing life?
 
I’ve had so much loving support from family and friends. My father has always been especially supportive of helping me reach my often lofty dreams and goals. From a very young age he saw my determination to do this voyage and he helped me learn what I needed to learn and instill confidence in me that I could do anything I wanted. He believed in me so much that it made me believe in myself. And Barry and Jean Schuyler, and the innumerable people in Santa Barbara who helped me get those dock lines untied eventually and on my way to the high seas with the safe and tricked out sea chariot that Swell is… And Patagonia, the eco-friendly clothing company, who has been my main support and sponsor since I set off from California in 2006. Their commitment to my project has been critical to keeping the dream afloat. Now I’m teamed up with other supportive brands that represent similar values and interests like Zeal Optics, who make eco-friendly sunglasses, and Mizu waterbottles, who make stainless waterbottles in an effort to reduce plastic waste, and Leatherman tools, a socially-responsible company who support independent, alternative lifestyles like mine…Plus a truly endless list of other friends, fans, and companies that enjoy the blog or appreciate what I do and support me with love, donations, products, encouragement, advice, emails, care packages, etc. I’m truly blessed!!
 
Inspiration. I take my greatest dose of daily inspiration directly from Nature. It is what makes me feel closest to Divinity/God/Jah/the Source, the Universe, the Great Spirit…whatever term you prefer. Also from others who have insisted or insist on living their dreams and passions, and ordinary people who do good for the good of good. For those who fight for their Truth. And from all the great saints and truth seekers now and throughout time—the Buddha, the Christ, Rumi, Babaji, Einstein, Amma, Guru Dev, Yogananda, Saint Mother Teresa, Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Bob Marley…to name a few…
 
What are some exciting things happening in the future for you?
 
Well, I am working on a book about my voyage, concentrated on the personal inner journey and transformation that I have experienced. The main theme is why living your dreams and passions helps people find personal peace. I’d love to keep sailing around the world when I finish the book!! Still so many places to visit and things to learn!
 

What lies ahead. Photo by Liz Clark.

What lies ahead. Photo by Liz Clark.

Atoll sunset. Photo by Liz Clark.

Atoll sunset. Photo by Liz Clark.

Atoll dreaming. Photo by Ryan Hargrave.

Atoll dreaming. Photo by Ryan Hargrave.

At Sea. Photo by Bali Strickland.

At Sea. Photo by Bali Strickland.

Universal language of smiles. Photo by Liz Clark

Universal language of smiles. Photo by Liz Clark

Kiribati Lagoon sailing. Photo by Liz Clark.

Kiribati Lagoon sailing. Photo by Liz Clark.

Starlight Yoga. Photo by Domenic Mosqueira.

Starlight Yoga. Photo by Domenic Mosqueira.

Rebel under a rainbow hehe. Photo by Liz Clark.

Rebel under a rainbow hehe. Photo by Liz Clark.

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Patagonia: NYC Opening

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Patagonia is one of our favourite brands for outdoor gear and cold water wetsuits. We love this company for their great quality, organic fabrics, recyclable fabrics and their focus on fair trade. Patagonia is very active in looking after the environment and aim to be as sustainable as possible. Their business book 'The Responsible Company' really challenged us in our outlook on being responsible with our actions. Visit Patagonia to view their high quality products and learn more about the company.  

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ROAR was lucky enough to be in New York the night Patagonia had their store opening and we decided to do a little write up on the event. With people lined up down the street and around the corner, we decided to skip the wait for a moment and have some famous NY pizza. We couldn't believe how many people were there to support the brand, it was great to see. Once we got back to the store and entered with no line up, it was awesome to see Chris Malloy there who is an ambassador for the brand, film maker and an amazing surfer. There was live music by Real Estate which provided a sweet vibe. They are an indie rock band from New Jersey if you want to check them out. The store looked great, with some fresh new surf influenced stock, such as hand planes, fins and a new range of wetsuits. They also had some sweet boards that looked super fun to ride. We spied a few goodies that are now on the wish list, maybe for christmas. We love this brand and it was a special treat to attend their store opening. Thanks Patagonia for a fun night in the city!

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Tim Silverwood: Take 3

Tim from Take 3

Tim from Take 3

We first met Tim at a Take 3 film night at The Glass Onion Society in Long Jetty, NSW, Australia. We loved his passion and enthusiasm for the environment. Then Tim came to a School, which we casual teach at, to promote Take 3. We also saw him surfing at the pass in Byron Bay. It was like his message kept popping up and we knew we had to share his story.

Sometimes we think it's too hard to fix the environment and the problems are too great, but Take 3 is such a simple and effective message. It works for us as we come across amazing beaches and national parks. Now every place we go we Take 3! Please get on board with this exciting adventure and support Take 3's initiative.

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Tim and the crew taking 3 for the environment.

Tim and the crew taking 3 for the environment.

When and why did you start Take 3?

I'd been encouraging fellow surfers and friends to join me on beach clean ups after being inspired by Dave 'Rasta' Rastovich's efforts during his 2009 TransparentSea voyage. I was impressed that he had made a personal decision to do SOMETHING about protecting whales and dolphins and thought there was nothing stopping me doing something about the increasing amount of plastic on our beaches. It turns out there was two ladies in my local area on the Central Coast who thought the same way and had come up with a concept called 'Take 3 - A Clean Beach Initiative'. A mutual friend introduced us all and there was electricity from the start. Each of the three co-founders of Take 3 had learnt about the increasing problems of plastic pollution in the oceans and wanted to do something about it.

What is Take 3s message?

Take 3 asks everyone to simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach, waterway or...anywhere. Our aim is to educate about the problems of plastic in the ocean and inspire people to take simple actions to reduce the impacts. 

What has been Take 3s greatest achievement so far?

Take 3 have achieved so much in our relatively short history and with very little money and resources. We've done this thanks to the fantastic, passionate people who have been inspired to build our grassroots organisation. Our greatest achievement so far was winning the 2011 Taronga Conservation Society Green Grant (Taronga Zoo). We were up against some serious competition and were so stoked to be deemed the cause worthy of the money and support from such an esteemed organisation as Taronga Conservation Society. It marked the fundamental transition from a grassroots action to a serious organisation with visions to go National and Global.

What are some statistics about rubbish and the ocean?

I could tell you frightening statistics about rubbish in the ocean all day. Here's a few:

  • Every beach in the world is likely to have some evidence of plastic pollution on it.
  • Plastic now contaminates every corner of the world's oceans with up to 40,000 pieces per square kilometre found in Antarctic waters in 2012.
  • Well over a million innocent sea creatures die every year as a result of either ingesting rubbish or becoming entangled in debris. 
  • There are five major oceanic gyres that cycle vast quantities of debris in giant whirlpools. The most famous being the North Pacific Gyre aka The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
  • Approx. 80% of all the debris in the ocean starts on land before making its way to the sea and the majority comes from what we call 'disposable' products or packaging.
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How can the general public get involved in supporting Take 3?

The whole idea about Take 3 is to empower every person in Australia and the world to help us out by picking up some rubbish. We look at it as a way of giving a little bit back to an ocean and a planet that we have treated with incredible disrespect. I think the act of taking 3 is such a beautiful metaphor and I get so stoked when I hear that new people have become inspired to help. There's a sort of magic when people take that step of picking up some rubbish that they weren't responsible for. We love seeing images on our Facebook or Instagram where people have done a quick clean up and tagged us!

Take 3 operate out of the Sydney to Newcastle region in NSW so are always looking for volunteers to assist us in our various events, school visits, expos, beach clean ups etc. Anyone out there interested in spreading more awareness about Take 3 in their area or incorporating our message into their organisation, Council, school, business or whatever should definitely get in touch! We're very open to ideas about how to further engage the global population on addressing this issue and moving towards much needed improvements.

What does the future hold for Take 3?

We are working on our education program that we hope to raise $50, 000 for through a new crowd-funding program called Jumpstartz. We will be launching the campaign very soon so keep an eye on www.jumpstartz.com

We still see a huge gap in the awareness and understanding of this very important environmental issue so believe heavily in education of a broad section of the community. We want to do things a little bit differently so are looking towards new and innovative ways to engage people and see that they embrace simple changes. We work with a number of organisations around Australia working towards common goals of understanding more about marine debris, raising awareness, changing legislation to reduce problem plastic from entering the oceans, encouraging commerce to work positively on reducing the impacts of plastic pollution and having a whole lot of fun along the way!

Tim enjoying the ocean, surfing at Wategos, Byron Bay.

Tim enjoying the ocean, surfing at Wategos, Byron Bay.

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To support Take 3 and learn more about this amazing environmental initiative, click on the website and facebook links below.

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