Dave Stewart -- 35 Things You Can Do For My Birthday
Countering Climate Chaos
London, UK - 7 September 2006, 22:07 GMT - I'm
celebrating my birthday in conjunction with the 35th Anniversary of Greenpeace.
Here are 35 thing you can do for me:
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Dear ATCA Colleagues; dear IntentBloggers
[Please note that the views presented by individual contributors
are not necessarily representative of the views of ATCA, which is neutral.
ATCA conducts collective Socratic dialogue on global opportunities and
We are grateful to David Stewart for his submission, "35 Things You
Can Do For My Birthday" to enhance the Socratic Dialogue on ATCA in regard
to "Countering Climate Chaos."
There is a parallel online public debate initiated by Open ATCA at IntentBlog
based in USA and Asia. You can take part by clicking on: 35
Things You Can Do For My Birthday.
David "Dave" Stewart is one of the most respected and trusted people
in the music industry today. A prodigious producer of music, film and photography
he is the "musician's musician", an all-round multi-media entrepreneur
and, in Bob Dylan's words, "a fearless innovator". Dave's career
spans the last 25 years, having achieved over 75 million album sales with
Eurythmics' partner Annie Lennox. In 1999, the duo were honoured with a Lifetime
Achievement Award at the Brits. Stewart is also known as one of the most prestigious
British record producers, working with the biggest names in the music industry
worldwide. Dave has won Best Producer four times, as well as numerous Grammys,
MTV and Best British Songwriter award 5 times. Eurythmics embarked upon a
world tour during 1999 and 2000 and donated the proceeds to Amnesty International
and Greenpeace. Annie and Dave ended the millennium playing live in Greenwich
London and played their way into 2000 with the whole world watching as they
sang "Sweet Dreams" at midnight Greenwich Meantime. Dave and Annie
were inducted into the UK Hall of Fame by Bob Geldof in November 2005 with
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Mick Jagger and Sting all delivering speeches.
Since 2000, Dave Stewart has written numerous songs with several other major
artists including Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Anastacia and Shakira to
name but a few. Dave is considered one of the great guitar players and has
shared the stage with everybody from BB.King The Edge, Eric Clapton, Bruce
Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Stewart is also a highly-regarded artist and filmmaker.
He has been active for several years in cinema, writing numerous film scores
for Director's such as Robert Altman, Paul Verhoven, Ted Demme also writing
and producing the title songs for many hit movies throughout the years. Along
with close friend and long time collaborator Mick Jagger, Dave wrote and produced
the Score for Charles Shyer's movie Alfie starring Jude Law. They won a Golden
Globe for best original song as well as USA film critics award and World Music
Soundtrack award. Dave produced the award winning documentary, Deep Blues
and has directed many music promos. He has also written numerous scripts and
his first feature film, "Honest", premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
2000. Dave was Guest of Honour for the Opening Ceremony of Cannes Film Festival
in 2002 at the "Why are you Creative" Exhibition. Stewart's work
as a professional stills photographer has been well documented. He has worked
on numerous major ad campaigns and magazine covers and lectured on creativity
for the UK Government and the advertising industry. He has exhibited solo
and in group shows at Paris Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum NYC and the
Saatchi Gallery London. He writes:
Dear DK and Colleagues
I'm celebrating my birthday in conjunction with the 35th Anniversary of Greenpeace.
Here are 35 things you can do for me:
* Believe in Global Warming. It is real.
* Drive a hybrid.
* Swear off plastic bags. They are rampant in our oceans and wildlife feeds
off them, thinking they are plankton. Bring your own bags to the supermarket
and visit oceans.greenpeace.org for more on how to Defend our Oceans.
* Support renewable energy. Install solar panels on your house.
* Bring your family to visit our newest and fastest ship, the Esperanza, when
it makes a stop in San Diego in November.
* Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
* Write about environmental issues.
* Place environmental messages in your lyrics.
* Use musical instruments made of wood approved by the Forest Stewardship
* Support wind farms, even when they interfere with your view.
* Learn to drive a Greenpeace Zodiac.
* Provide bail money for a Greenpeace action.
* Participate in a peaceful direct action with Greenpeace.
* Eat organic foods. Support farmers' markets.
* Restrict your fish consumption: fish may be good for you, but not when it
contains mercury. And overfishing is perhaps the single biggest, most immediate
threat facing the world's ocean.
* Don't use anti-bacterial soap: the chemicals they contain wind up in wastewater
and ultimately in the environment-and anyway, studies suggest they're probably
no more effective at combating germs than normal soap and water.
* Participate in a beach clean up.
* Conserve energy.
* Conserve water.
* Don't litter, and confront those who do.
* Stay away from genetically engineered foods.
* Help build a PVC-free Habitat for Humanity House.
* Avoid farmed fish. Huge amounts of fish are caught to feed aquaculture species,
and fish farms can cause severe damage to coastal environments.
* Use energy efficient light bulbs.
* Turn those lights off when you're not using them.
* See "An Inconvenient Truth." Tell a friend or a family member
to see it too. And have them tell another friend...
* Take your own coffee cup to be filled up at your own local coffee shop.
* Print on both sides of paper.
* Dispose of computers and other electronic products responsibly. Every year,
hundreds of thousands of old computers and cell phones are dumped in landfills
or burned in smelters. Thousands more are exported, often illegally, to Asia,
where workers at scrap yards, often children, are exposed to a cocktail of
toxic chemicals and poisons. * Don't run the dishwasher until it is full.
* Speak out against wars of any kind.
* Stay informed except when you can't take it any more. Then, take a short
break and get back to it.
* Support Greenpeace, one of my favourite organizations. Operating in over
30 countries worldwide, they're active day in, day out where it counts: on
the front lines to protect the planet.
* Listen to my song to celebrate Greenpeace's 35th Anniversary -- I will post
it when it is ready.
* Wish me a Happy Birthday!
All the best
We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank you.
For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance
ATCA: The Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance
is a philanthropic expert initiative founded in 2001 to understand and to
address complex global challenges. ATCA conducts collective Socratic dialogue
on global opportunities and threats arising from climate chaos, radical poverty,
organised crime, extremism, informatics, nanotechnology, robotics, genetics,
artificial intelligence and financial systems. Present membership of ATCA
is by invitation only and has over 5,000 distinguished members: including
several from the House of Lords, House of Commons, EU Parliament, US Congress
& Senate, G10's Senior Government officials and over 1,500 CEOs from financial
institutions, scientific corporates and voluntary organisations as well as
over 750 Professors from academic centres of excellence worldwide.
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