Towards the end of July this year, David de Rothschild and his crew finished an 8,500 mile journey in a boat made out of 12,500 plastic bottles, the Plastiki. This epic adventure was designed to draw attention to the 4 billion pounds of trash (most of it plastic) that are dumped in the world’s oceans each year.
As fearless as he is audacious, David is one of the world’s most visible environmental activists and a Green Prophet favorite. By attending events such as the Green Drinks taking place tonight in New York City, he demonstrates a tireless commitment to draw attention to the oceans as well as other important issues.
Tonight’s Green Drinks event will take place from 8pm to midnight and will feature a speech from David, a silent auction, dancing, and a fair trade chocolate room.
David will be introduced by another well-known eco-warrior, Fabien Cousteau. Son of the famous Jacques Cousteau, Fabien has made his own mark as a respected aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer.
According to the Green Drinks promotion material:
The silent auction presents a great chance for some last minute Christmas gifts with items ranging from eco home-ware to an IWC Pilot’s Watch and a Bikini bootcamp break – just what you need for a post holiday detox! And even better, the proceeds will go towards the Algalita Marine Research Foundation which is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research, education, and restoration.
David is also one of several noted adventurers in the running to become National Geographic Explorer of 2010. Others include the 17 year old girl Jessica Watson who sailed the world and ten year old Matt Moniz, who scaled the highest points of 50 American states in just 47 days. If he’s your favorite explorer, you can vote for him here.
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