Sea Shepherd Conservation Society welcomed fashion designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood, along with design partner and husband Andreas Kronthaler, to the Crossroads Kitchen in West Hollywood on Friday, January 8th at an event hosted by film producer James Costa and co-hosted by Sea Shepherd Chairwoman, Pamela Anderson.
Vivienne Westwood partnered with Sea Shepherd’s initiative to bring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to address solutions to protect oceanic biodiversity, removing plastic from the sea and finding ways to mitigate the threat of climate change. Sea Shepherd is dedicated to defending oceanic ecosystems and promoting the understanding that it is a priority to allow the ocean to repair itself from damage caused by human activities like over-fishing, illegal fishing and chemical, sonar, plastic and radiation pollution.
"This is the year of the vegan," said Pamela Anderson. "We are very excited at Sea Shepherd to have Vivienne Westwood join the advisory board. And I am grateful to James Costa for hosting us at my favorite restaurant," she continued.
The year 2016 presents great challenges for Sea Shepherd. Some of the organization's ongoing campaigns include fighting to save the endangered vaquita porpoise in the Gulf of California, while also protecting sea turtles in Costa Rica, Honduras and Florida. Sea Shepherd is additionally focused on opposing the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, the slaughter of pilot whales in the Danish Faroe Islands, defending the Galapagos Marine Reserve from poachers and removing ghost nets and plastic from the ocean.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is drawing on ideas, imagination, skills and passion from creative communities to help impact Sea Shepherd's work. Just like any ecosystem, the strength of any movement is in diversity. The organization's new Chair, Pamela Anderson welcomed Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler into this diverse movement on Friday, to unveil Sea Shepherd's hopes and ideas, campaigns and challenges for 2016.