Van Nuys, CA
April 22, 2006
Once again Sea Shepherd had a strong presence at WorldFest, which was held on Earth Day - Saturday, April 22nd. Thousands of people attended the all-vegan event, which featured over 120 different environmental, animal rights, and peace groups.
We had a great corner location for our merchandise and information table. In addition, Captain Paul Watson was the Key Note Speaker. Actress and Sea Shepherd supporter, Persia White introduced Captain Watson. He gave a very impassioned speech to an audience of well over 300 people discussing our current campaigns and how people can become involved. He received a standing ovation.
After the speech, Captain Watson did a book signing at the Sea Shepherd booth. Thanks to the Captain being there, we sold a good amount of books and had a big line-up of people eager to meet him. After the book signing, he then participated on a panel in the Eco-Tent where he discussed the environmental problems related to overfishing and longlines.
Merchandise sales were fantastic for this type of event and hundreds of people walked away more informed about the plight of the oceans and what we are doing to intervene. We had a huge crowd gathered throughout the day and we were showing the latest Antarctica Whale Campaign video.
Working hard at our table we had Kurt Lieber from the SSCS Board of Directors, along with veteran crewmembers Allison Lance-Watson, Colin Biroc, and International Director Jonny Vasic. Volunteers Kevin Ollin and Jeffrey Keene were a major help and worked the table all day long.
Report by Jonny Vasic, International Director