Below is a charming recap of her experience of the “Mermaids Unite to Save Our Oceans” by Sarah Fearon, mermaid extraordinaire part of the MOM team. Sarah attended this event, organized by Tucker Robbins and the Plastic Pollution Coalition, on Saturday, June 16.
Tucker Robbins was the incredibly generous host of a genuinely heart felt event, Mermaids Unite to Save Our Oceans. The group was super sincere and fun!
Floating between World Oceans Day and the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, and catching the cul of the Summer Solstice it was the perfect moment to connect. Timing is everything including the fact that time is if the essence for our ocean.
This day-long event was headquartered in Robbins’ studio and wood shop in Long Island City.
Plastic Pollution Coalition and the artist ManMan were there educating the crowd in their handcrafted marine life garb. Their Catch of the Day art work and Citizens Guide to plastic pollution compiled by Max Liboiron, PhD Candidate at NYU were on hand. Max was comforting in talking about knowing how to take action and find solutions in a moment where the rest of us stand around an panic. Thank goodness for the scientists!
Tucker Robbins set up many of his long, gorgeous wooden tables for a dinner from Astor Cafe in Astoria. We did a beautiful moving prayer to the sun, moon, wind and ocean before sailing into dinner and great conversation. One guest suggested that if one person does one thing every day and tells one another person who does one thing the next day and so on, it becomes a wave of change.
Here’s a short video with the call to action “Do One Thing”:
Sunset, freestyle dancing and more costumes come through the door.
Mission of Mermaids was projected on the wall of the gallery and guests sat on Tucker’s organic wooden furniture. The audience was very captivated and the group was a perfect crowd to see the movie. There were even shouts of indignation at the horrors taking place in the ocean.
Immediately after the film we were treated to a surprise performance by Lynn Newman and her Artichoke Dance Company. Lynn represents an amazing character called “Poly Ethylene” that works perfectly paired with Mission of Mermaids. She could embellish on an educational program with the film. She spoke about plastic use, covered in her plastic dress. Then her dancers did a beautiful piece covered in plastic bubble wrap, smashing up against each other and doing a sort of modern contact improv. Gorgeous.
Others groups or individuals present at the event included:
Lawson-Designs.com – Buys school auditoriums and makes sea wall sculptures from the wood.
Karma builders.org – Giving formerly incarcerated men and women tools for success and good karma.
Ocean lifeline.org – Heather Reidel and Cynthia Carvajal, Captivating the public interest in marine conservation through the creation of powerful imagery.
Spectophoto.com – Doing portraits and printing off in photo booth strip style.
This was a wonderful start to the summer, an encouraging event that allowed us to see how many people are out there showing concern about the oceans and willing to act on their convictions.