I woke up last Monday and discovered that we were almost done with our Rocket Hub campaign and we were less than 1% through our goal.
Not only did it bum me out but it made me think long and hard about where we had failed or if in fact we actually had failed.
The idea is as follows: This past July as we were making our way up the East coast of the United States under sail we noticed a tiny page posted by NOAA that had some truly alarming information on it. Simply put it said that our Earth was sinking.
Of course we’ve all heard the gloom-n-doom sci-sayers of the past tell us that our planet was undergoing a radical climate change and for the first time in Earths history that change was being caused by one of its own species, us.
From what I understand the Earth is constantly undergoing change in its (her? nah, not here…) environment and through the eons that change has been slow and deliberate according to the needs of the planets bio-regions. In other words the Earth knows what it needs and changes itself through the redistribution of natural resources according to its own bio-regional imperative. It’s a closed system that is continuously recycling itself. That all makes sense to me so I chose to believe it. Well, about 15,000 years ago along comes a hyper-lobed ape with opposable thumbs that is truly full of itself. This creature ignorantly decides within the last two centuries to make massive, lop-sided, redistribution choices in the bio-regions of its host planet without truly understanding the ramifications of such changes. And what do you know ,the planet changes back, only this time it has to change at an accelerated rate that is even more dramatic than the ignorant ape’s comprehension…
Blammo! Along comes global warming, and I mean with a vengeance.
Arctic Greenland has (for quite some time) an Icecap that is self regulated by extreme cold temperatures and this in turn helps to maintain the more temperate southern environs that are good for evolving egotistical primates. If it gets too warm at the top of the Earth, say by Greenland, that aforementioned icecap starts to melt, raises the level of the oceans (dude, it’s a fuck-load of ice!) and the next thing you know all of “Smart-Monkey’s” prime real-estate goes in the drink. In other words, the Earth sinks.
So anyway, there we were in East Greenwich, RI, heading toward Greenland this past summer when we see that post from NOAA telling us that the big melt is on. The post showed in graphic detail that the entire continent of Greenland was above the freezing level for about four days in July of 2012 causing a massive melt that has never been seen by any primate in the history of the planet Earth, ever! And now we hear that as a direct result the ocean’s water levels are rising 60% faster than even the gloomiest of the gloom-and-doomers predicted and we decided to do something about it. But what?! What could a couple of salty anarchists bloggers do to help alert their species to the coming flood while at the same time heightening awareness on how we got ourselves in such a fucked up mess to begin with… Exactly!!!
While we were sailing around in the northern latitudes from Rhode Island to Maine we came up with this big idea to collect stories of observed proofs from around the world by the very beings that observe them. The humans we’d listen to and write the stories of their observations, while the other species we’d take pictures of and tell our own stories about our own observations on how we saw their lives changing as the waters rose all over the planet.
And of course, we’d do all this from our boat, S/V S.N. Itinerant while making our own power and dealing with our own wastes.
It seemed to us to be an amazing idea, it was interesting, green, timely and relevant to everyone on the planet while at the same time being beautiful and artistic in nature. How could we lose?
So I contacted the one guy I know that has a history of polishing turds and told him about the idea… Well, I wrote him what I considered an epic proposal and in return I got… Static.
Of course the dude is in the 21st century entertainment industry so I had to guilt him into a simple response and when he did respond he gave us an idea we already had.
What a great idea! (!?duh).
He told me to use the available crowdsourcing media such as Facebook, RocketHub, et-all and then e-bomb all the incredible connections I made through out my tenure in the entertainment industry to fund this “no really, I think it’s a good idea”. Wow, thanks dude.
To give my “buddy” all the credit he deserves, he did put things into perspective and kind of guided me in, if not the right direction, a direction and then after all that great (totally free) advice the dude didn’t even donate to our cause. That was, pretty much, on par with my history with him so, whatever.
We cleaned up the proposal, posted it on RocketHub with some pretty pictures and then both of us re-re-re-re-re-re-posted that mother fucker all over facebook… And guess what? It didn’t work for shit.
A few of the great, totally poor, friends we have gave us what they could riddling us with guilt for taking money from people that could seriously use it, a few pretty well-off friends/family gave us what they could and the rest was left blank. When it was all said and done we made about $450.00 USD in 90 days and put in dozens of hours of time writing people over and over again trying to promote an idea that people, for the most part, could give a fuck about.
So I got mad… I got mad at the fact that I begged from my friends. I got mad at the fact that all those “incredible connections” I thought I had through all those years turned out to be mere acquaintances. I got mad at the fact that people, even the people I know, for the most part don’t give a fuck about anything. But most of all I got infuriated by the fact that social-media is nothing more than a big fat lie. Millions upon millions of people all over the world doing nothing but wasting time perpetuating mediocre ideas through soundbite links, food photos, cat pictures and images of their ugly be-shat children while their world sinks around them!
It’s nothing more than an addiction and like most of the stupid addictions I’ve had through out my life I quit.
…But today is a new day.
We will travel around the world documenting global tidal change and we will do it exactly the way we’ve been doing it for the past 13 years, one step, one knot, one photo, one penny at a time and it will be…