Creative Arts

Blue Beyond Borders – Sea Change Through Science and Art: A Hurricane Sandy Benefit in NYC Benefitting the New York Aquarium

I’m excited to attend tomorrow night’s event, Blue Beyond Borders – Sea Change Through Science & Art: A Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser. Not only because it will be an enlightening evening, filled with great discussion among the thinkers, writers and activists below, but also because I’m donating a scarf from my new creative venture, Dogwood & Hastings, to the silent auction. Look for my Manhattan Bedrock Scarf if you attend the event.

When: December 8, 2012 7:00 pm-9:30 pm
Cost: $15
Location: Green Spaces Tribeca (394 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY, 10013)
Go to Eventbrite to get advance tickets or call +1 (347) 994-0094


– Curated event raising money for New York Aquarium whose facilities have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. This event will also promote climate change awareness

– Ocean luminaries will be giving talks on the effects of climate change, the devastation of our oceans and how it is impacting our community, specifically with regard to Hurricane Sandy

– Silent Auction (proceeds go to New York Aquarium). Items for auction: art, autographed books, award-winning photography, and more.

– Gourmet catering, wine and our event’s signature cocktail: Liquid Ocean (vodka, blue curacao, lime juice, garnish with a lemon twist)

Anne Doubilet is an underwater explorer, writer and photographer logging thousands of dives worldwide as a freelance photographer and dive-team member for National Geographic Magazine on 34 stories about the seas. Lecturing at various national and international venues, Anne now speaks to the issue of oceans in peril as seen through her 40 years of working underwater.

Paul Greenberg is author of the James Beard Award winning New York Times bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and a regular contributor to many national and international publications. A prolific writer and voice on issues of ocean sustainability, he is also a frequent guest and commentator on public radio programs including Fresh Air and All Things Considered.

David Guggenheim is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, submarine pilot and ocean explorer. He is an accomplished speaker, entertaining and educating audiences across America and the world. The Ocean Doctor as he if popularly known provides a unique perspective as both a scientist and a Washington, DC-based policy expert focused on today’s most important conservation issues.

Alison Jones is a conservation photographer and environmental journalist who created the non-profit organization No Water No Life.Through the power of photography and science, NWNL documents North American and African watersheds to illustrate degradation of fresh water resources and stewardship solutions.

Asher Jay is a multifaceted creative conservationist. She uses all her artistic prowess to spark multimedia, engaging visual discourses with audiences across the globe about contemporary ecological and humanitarian concerns. She is the founder of Garbagea ( and Sea Speak Sphere ( under which she exhibits the collaborative installation piece ‘Message in A Bottle.’

Andrew Revkin is an American, non-fiction, science and environmental writer. He has written on a wide range of subjects including destruction of the Amazon rain forest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, science and politics, climate change, and the North Pole. A reporter for the New York Times from 1995-2009, Revkin currently writes the “Dot Earth” environmental blog for The Times’ Op-Ed section.

Jeff Orlowski, the director of Chasing Ice, will also be sharing his experiences on the field, recording never before captured moments indicative of large scale climatic shifts with James Balog and how that ties into our daily activities.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.