Know what you love, and protect what you love. For those who missed it, this was the takeaway from the screening of Jason Baffa’s One Beach, at last month’s Projecting Change Film Festival. Surfrider Vancouver was there, with a info table outside and chapter Vice Chair Liz Macdonald weighing in during the post-film panel discussion, which also included Edward Gregr, Marine Ecologist, and Jill Dwyer, Manager of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.
Produced with the support of longtime Surfrider amigos Barefoot Wines, One Beach is a splashy little environmental flick about beach lovers and loving beaches. The film speaks in earnest to the ever-growing planetary mess of waste and plastic debris flooding our waterways and coastlines. But true to Surfrider ethos, instead of looking down, the film charges this weighty subject with relentless optimism.
One Beach is all about transformation and visible solutions. It’s 24 minutes of positive action-taking that will absolutely motivate you to get outside and love your beach.
We visit artists Richard and Judith Selby Lang, who scavenge the California coast cleaning up debris and junk, then return to the studio to elevate their found materials into fine art. Florida fashion designer Kim De Vries turns her creative attentions to making jewelry out of worn plastics she recovers from beaches. And there’s Tim Silverman, who builds sustainable surfboards and shows us how he’s integrating beach scraps into his designs. Also great clips of Kevin Cunningham, of Australia’s Take3 Clean Beach Initiative, who tells of his travels to the Pacific gyres and how vital it is that we take ownership of our beaches and waters.
There’s a host of neat ideas coming out of these interviews.
Big thinker, and Surfrider Foundation CEO, Jim Moriarty features prominently. Jim shares some spirited philosophy on the Surfrider mission and praises the participatory momentum of efforts around the globe. In Brazil, bystanders at beach cleanups can’t help but get involved when the events take on a festive mood - beach parties, complete with live music. How do you resist that?
Jim breaks things down into a matter of love:
“If I love this, I should care for it. That’s the essence of Surfrider; protection and enjoyment of what we love: the coast.”
Strong on the inspirational pep talk, and perhaps not your typical environmental doc, the essence of the film is empowerment and passion. It is colourful and poetic, with a simple message: we’re all implicated, and we all have the power to do something about it.
“How are you going to take action? We know action happens when you’re in love. It’s just the truth of the world. You don’t do things out of fear. The long term action comes when you’re in love."
You can watch One Beach online! Quite possibly something you’ll be wanting to share.