2017 Ocean Guardian Contest Winners

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…. And that’s a wrap! The 5th annual Ocean Guardian Contest has come to a close. A huge THANK YOU to each and every person or organization that entered, voted, and helped get the word out. This contest is both designed for and propelled by people who love our planet and go above and beyond to protect it. This year, contestants had to answer the question “If the whole world were listening, what is one pro-environmental action (that you yourself take) that you would tell people to make in their lives?”

The final round had six entries though unfortunately only three could be winners of the contest. However, each entrant deserves a major pat on the back for not just recognizing the problem and caring about it, but actually doing something to make it better.

2017 Ocean Guardian Contest over

Winners of the #OGContest2017

1st Place: Carla Lourenco — “Grab a Bag”

In her video entitled “Grab a Bag”, Carla shows us just how easy it is to make a positive impact. For many, “being environmentally-friendly” seems like such a huge task, that we opt to do nothing at all. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a reminder that by doing a little bit, either on a regular basis or in the company of friends and colleagues, can have big results — especially when it inspires others who may not have otherwise noticed or cared!

After finding out what trash was doing to marine life I decided to be the change I wanted to see in the world. I started with small solo cleanup events. Then I decided to start an environmental awareness campaign that I called Straw Patrol. This was in January 2016. In March 2016 I organized my first public coastal cleanup. Since then and with the help of volunteerism more than one ton of litter has been removed from our sweet southern Portuguese shores. How could I reach even more people? By going to schools! That’s right! In parallel with cleanup events I started to lecture kids on marine pollution. I have already delivered more than 40 talks in schools, festivals, public events… And it all started by grabbing a bag.

As the grand prize winner, here is what Carla will be bequeathed:

  • A Bodhi Sessions 7-night Surf & Yoga Camp for two people (valued at $2400)
  • 1 large sunscreen, 1 small sunscreen, and 1 body cream from Jungle Mama
  • 1 insulated tumbler, 1 insulated classic, and 1 pack of stainless steel straws from Klean Kanteen
  • 1 stainless steel airtight food container and 1 spork from Life Without Plastic
  • Tools For Grassroots Activists book by Patagonia
  • A $75 gift certificate from Indosole
  • 2 t-shirts, 1 board shorts, and 1 hat from United By Blue

2nd Place: Erin Binkley & Jon Oberheim — “10 Minute Challenge”

Married couple Erin and Jon highlight the trash problem and a few solutions that are easy to execute in their video “10 Minute Challenge”. In just 10 minutes, Erin picks up an enormous amount of trash — much of which could have been recycled. They further illustrate that even in places where recycling isn’t the easiest solution, it is worth it to go out of your way to make sure copious amounts of trash end up in the landfill, and ultimately, the ocean.

I’m an environmental science master’s student in South Florida, U.S. and my husband and I decided to show how much of a difference one person can make in just 10 minutes in our local community. It so easy anyone can do this in any country. Watch to find out how!

For coming in second place, Erin and Jon will be taking home:

  • A 50% discount on Bodhi Sessions 7-night Surf & Yoga Camp for two people
  • 1 large sunscreen, 1 small sunscreen, and 1 body cream from Jungle Mama
  • 1 insulated tumbler, 1 insulated classic, and 1 pack of stainless steel straws from Klean Kanteen
  • 1 stainless steel airtight food container and 1 spork from Life Without Plastic
  • Tools For Grassroots Activists book by Patagonia
  • 1 t-shirt from United By Blue

3rd Place: Kiera Ryon — “Bring Your Own”

In her video aptly called “Bring Your Own”, Kiera Ryon gets to the root of the plastic/waste issue by preventing it in the first place. It may take a little commitment, planning, and remembering, but if you can consistently use the following items: reusable bags, metal straw, refillable water bottle/coffee cup/container/silverware, etc. you prevent their disposable alternatives from ending up in the ocean and our marine life friends. It’s an easy and highly implementable solution!

There are so many answers to this question!! So I summed up the daily things that I do into the theme, BRING YOUR OWN! These few simple actions can make the greatest difference and I am working everyday to make the people I come in contact with Ocean Guardians!

As third place winner, Kiera will be receiving:

  • 1 insulated tumbler, 1 insulated classic, and 1 pack of stainless steel straws from Klean Kanteen
  • 1 stainless steel airtight food container and 1 spork from Life Without Plastic
  • Tools For Grassroots Activists book by Patagonia
  • 1 t-shirt from United By Blue

Muchissimas gracias to our sponsors

This year’s contest would have been considerably less awesome without the help of the wonderful, amazing, groovy companies that donated some conscientious swag (that’s the kind of swag you can feel good about owning). We hope our winners enjoy their prizes, and we recommend that everyone patronize these fine enterprises, as not only do they make products that either provide environmentally-friendly alternatives or outright help solve environmental issues, they also do incredible things outside of the services or products they provide. In short, they’re some high level Ocean Guardians!

The sun sets on the 2017 Ocean Guardian Contest

A few words of hope

Sometimes the issues that we face can feel so urgent that the lack of attention they receive makes us feel overwhelmed, suffocated, or appalled. In those moments, it’s easy to lose hope, feel lethargic, or like a deer in the headlights. However, it is in those moments that we seek that ray of sunshine, that little something, that serves as an impetus to keep calm and carry on. That is what this contest is designed to do, that’s the overriding reason that we hold it — to provide a platform for inspiration — not just for us, but for anyone who many come across these wonderful videos.

We hope that you will carry on this tradition, even after the contest is finished. Find ways to inspire people. It doesn’t have to be masses of people, even if you inspire just one person, that’s helpful. In these times, we need each other more than ever, and we need those moments. So let’s start a chain reaction: inspire others, and allow yourself to be inspired!

If you’re looking for some encouragement right now, sign our Ocean Guardian Pledge and receive our year-long digest that will deliver concrete actions for a more earth-friendly lifestyle, right into your inbox!

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Adrianne

Adrianne is the fun-and-food-loving socialite of Bodhi Surf + Yoga. If she's not whipping up a feast for Bodhi guests, she's probably busy writing for the Bodhi blog or keeping people up-to-date on the goings on via social media!

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