Project O hosts TEDx Laguna Beach at Rivian South Coast Theater

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Nature lovers came together to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 21 for TEDx Laguna Beach at Rivian South Coast Theater

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Attendees waited for the doors to open for the event, which was sponsored by the local nonprofit Project O

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Co-hosts Rich German, founder of Project O and Steve Reiss, award-winning producer, creative consultant, art book developer and digital video pioneer

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With the event theme “Ocean. Earth. Humanity,” the organizers compiled an eclectic group of speakers with an “idea worth sharing.” Topics included ocean conservation, education, art, design, social justice and spirituality.

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Greg MacGillivray

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Mary Mercurio and Rich German enjoy fabulous food from Starfish

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Vegan sushi from Starfish

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Speaker Don Meek, A New Earth Project

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(L-R) Alan Salazar, Tataviam and Chumash storyteller; Rich German; Chad Nelsen, CEO of Surfrider Foundation and Bodhi Patil, ocean climate solutionist

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Annee Della Donna, civil rights attorney/founder of Innocence OC

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Rich German with Executive Vice President of Crystal Cove Conservancy Hallie Jones

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(L-R) Skip Jackson, Amy Jackson, Benton Sparks, Amber Sparks (speaker and co-founder of Blue Latitudes), Nancy Edit and Victoria Jackson

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Reverend Rodrick Echols, pastor of Neighborhood Congregational Church

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(L-R) Rich German; Steve Brittan, president and CEO of LCAD; Gabriel Tanner, student presenter; Sophia Felger, student presenter and Piper Hubbell, student presenter

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Alan Salazar, tribal elder with the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

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Back row, center (L-R): Kirsten Whalen, Bob Whalen and Tom Davis

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Logan Teeple, student researcher and senior at Laguna Beach High School

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Nancy Caruso, marine biologist, founder of Get Inspired

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Sarah Bedolfe, marine scientist, Oceana

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(L-R) Rachel O’Neill-Cusey, president of Visit Laguna Beach; Rich German and Emma York of Visit Laguna Beach

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Frankie Myers, vice chair of the Yurok Tribe

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Panel at the conclusion of the presentations

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Attendees were treated to environmentally friendly Humble products

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Benton and Amber Sparks, co-founders of Blue Latitudes

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Alan Salazar and Bodhi Patil


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