Monday Jan 01 2007
"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and found that life was service. I acted and, behold, service was joy."
These words of Rabindranath Tagore epitomize the direction of my life.
Ever since I was child, I have always immersed myself in the most
diverse and delicious tastes of what life has to offer. As I grew up,
social pressure insisted I specify my direction. From medicine to
politics, the arts and space travel, my life has twisted along many
paths and I have come out on the world's great stage as a global
citizen. Some young people believe growing up means abandoning their
ideals. But I have learned that it means learning how to live our
ideals, every day, on the Earth.
My current project involves REEL GREENING!, a concept that emerged from my senior thesis research project at Berkeley and that focuses on bringing environmental consciousness to the events and entertainment industry. As a simultaneous degree honors graduate (with a BS in Conservation Resource Studies and a BA in Theater Performance Studies), I have merged my passion for the environment and entertainment to form Reel Green Media.
interest in the environment was sparked while I was studying the
effects of petroleum development in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, where
I witnessed both environmental and humanitarian injustices. Back in
California, I made a commitment to make my academic work be a
stepping-stone for the future—instead of collecting dust on a shelf—and
so I began a two-year study entitled titled "Lights, Camera,
Eco-Action!" that investigated the environmental impact of the film
I recently attended the EMA Awards in Los Angeles and during the summer I spoke at the Association of Film Commissioners International Conference on "Going Green." I was also recently published in Traction Magazine, a magazine for and by women in the "industry". I am currently consulting with Julia Butterfly Hill's team on the greening of the film LUNA, directed by Deepa Metha, supervising the outstanding youth production team at The Green Screen, writing a handbook for the widely attended Hollywood Goes Green conference and consulting on a variety of independent projects. My philosophy is that with creativity and innovation, we can ‘green’ the movies together.
every waking day, I hope to continue to live a life of service and
social transformation and be the change that I want to see. If the
passion, creativity and commitment of people can be liberated for the
common good, we can change the world. As youth today, we stand in a
powerful place, at a threshold of opportunity: the choices we make can
transform the future and do something about the suffering that is
taking place in the world. But I believe we can only do this if we
combine our passion, creativity and commitment with the wisdom of the
generations before us.
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