2022 People of Action Summit on Water

Join Rotarians and community partners online or in-person for this water-focused summit hosted by the Rotary Club of Newport Beach on September 10-11, 2022. Two-day packages and single-day passes are available.

While all of our environmental People of Action Summits are VIRTUAL, this Summit is one of two that will have an in-person option.

Learn about the crucial link between water and planetary health, and how we each can become an ambassador for clean and healthy water. A major feature of the Summit will be hands-on water projects undertaken concurrently across our “Big West” Rotary districts that weekend. Rotarians throughout our paired zones will develop actionable plans that we can all use to amplify our work as People of Action.

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Saturday, September 10, 2022
9:30am-5:30pm PDT

Sunday, September 11, 2022
12:30pm-4:30pm PDT

Newport Beach Library
1000 Avocado Avenue

Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Paul Watson is an environmental activist who founded the Sea Shepard Conservation Society, an organization that protects marine wildlife. Watson was also a founder of Greenpeace.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society frequently undertook dangerous expeditions to protect and defend marine wildlife from illegal poaching. Watson’s direct-action approach to saving the whales included positioning his ship, named after the Australian conservationist and television personality, Steve Irwin, between the whalers and a targeted pod of whales, entangling ropes in their propellers, throwing stink bombs onto the offending vessel, and even ramming up against the whaling ship. The society’s battle with a Japanese whaling fleet in 2006–07 was recorded in the documentary, “At the Edge of the World.”  The group’s efforts were also chronicled in “Whale Wars,” which first aired on the Animal Planet network in 2008. In 2010, one of the society’s boats, the Ady Gil, sunk after colliding with a Japanese whaling boat while patrolling the seas under a modified Jolly Roger pirate flag,

Watson shares his passion for animals and the environment through his involvement with numerous other organizations, including Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Wolf, Fund for Animals, the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals, and the Sierra Club, of which he was director (2003–06). For his efforts on behalf of wildlife, Watson was granted the Genesis Award (1998), the George H.W. Bush Daily Point of Light Award (1999), and enrollment in the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2002.

Watson’s many books included Shepherds of the Sea (1980), Ocean Warrior (1994), and Seal Wars (2002). The documentary “Watson” (2019) chronicles his life.

Paul will speak on different topics at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, and sign books on both days.

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About Our Host City:
Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach is fortunate to have the largest of only a few remaining natural estuaries in Southern California. As the largest recreational harbor on the west coast, Newport Harbor activities are everywhere.  Explore the Back Bay where the Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve draws naturalists and scientists from all over the world. Here you will find where more than 35,000 migratory birds and more than 200 endangered species make their home across 1,000 acres of coastal wetlands. The area offers hiking and cycling trails as well as aquatic adventures for nature lovers and passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Please feel free to come early or stay late to enjoy our world class scenery, dining, and shopping.

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How much is it to register for the Water Summit?2022-03-02T17:48:18+00:00

The cost for registration is $50 for in-person attendees, and $10 for virtual attendees. Click here for more details.

Can students and members of Rotaract and Interact attend Water: From Source to Sea?2022-03-02T17:40:27+00:00

Of course! In fact, Rotaractors, Interactors and students are able to attend free of charge. Register today to learn more.

Can I attend a People of Action Summit virtually?2022-07-18T20:36:32+00:00

Yes! All five Summits will be available online. When you register for a particular Summit, you will be given the option of attending in-person or virtually. (In fact, the Healthy Soils Summit is exclusively virtual). Simply select the virtual option when registering, and you will be provided additional information for attending remotely.

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