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Video Inspires a New Generation of Ocean Activists

Todd Woody - TakePart
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June 10, 2016

All the Way to the Ocean (Freedom Three Publishing)

On World Oceans Day this week, author and activist Joel Harper used the occasion to unveil an animated video based on his popular children’s book, All the Way to the Ocean. The book and video, which is available for download, tell the story of two skateboarding boys, Isaac and James, who journey from the city to the coast to learn how throwing trash down urban storm drains harms the ocean and wildlife. Encountering a talking crane, a surfer, and other characters, the boys are inspired to take action at their school to stop ocean pollution.

Marcia Cross volunteered to narrate the story after Harper ran into her in a Los Angeles bookstore. The 14-minute video, which also stars Amy Smart and Xavier Rudd, features the music of Harper’s brother, Ben Harper, as well as songs from Jack Johnson and Burning Spear. Surf champions Kelly Slater and Laird Hamilton have promoted the book and video to their social media followers, and a percentage of sales of the animated short will benefit Sustainable Surf, a nonprofit focused on ocean issues.

TakePart talked to Harper, who lives in Southern California, about the challenges of publishing a book about storm drain pollution and turning it into a movie. Read the interview with Joel Harper at TakePart

Related: World Oceans Day 2016: Shocking Photos of Marine Pollution Around the Planet (IBTimes)

  Check out Deep Blue Conservancy

  Check out Ecological Group of Costa Verde

  Check out The Western Ecological Society

  Check out Association for Environmental Unity in Mexico

  Check out Nuestra Tierra Turtle Conservation Program

  Check out Public Schools in Puerto Vallarta

  Check out Private Schools in Puerto Vallarta

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