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Jack Johnson Sings Praises of the Aquarium as He Receives Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award
"It’s a full circle. Every time I come to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I’m inspired to write songs." - Jack Johnson
In an evening of words and music, singer-songwriter, philanthropist and ocean advocate Jack Johnson received the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award at our 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Ocean.
Jack paid tribute both to the Aquarium and to actor Paul Walker, in whose memory the award was created. Paul’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, were in attendance.
Executive Director Julie Packard saluted Jack and Paul for using their voices to encourage others to create a world with healthy oceans.
"Paul was an aspiring marine biologist," Julie said. "He was a friend of the Aquarium, and a lifelong champion of the ocean. And I can think of no one better to receive this award in his name than Jack Johnson."
Making a difference in the world
The ocean, Julie said, “is part of his life, and his music. He and his wife Kim have used that connection to make a difference in the world. They’re leading the music industry in green practices and using their success on behalf of many social and environmental issues.”
Among the initiatives their foundation supports is the Aquarium’s annual Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit that helps teachers find new ways to engage their students around the issue of plastic pollution and ocean health.
"It’s a high-impact experience for the kids and teachers, who take what they’ve learned back to their peers and communities," Julie said. "We’re so grateful for Jack and Kim’s support."
'One of the honors of my life'
For his part, Jack said, “It is one of the honors of my life to be acknowledged by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It’s a very inspirational place. Whenever I bring my kids here, we have the best day, and we go away wanting to learn more about everything we’ve seen that day.
"So, keep up all of the great work."
Of Paul Walker, he said, “I loved that guy. It’s an honor to be getting an award in his name.”
The celebration included some of Jack’s songs, a reception featuring Hawaiian music and dance, and dishes created in the aloha spirit by Seafood Watch Chef Ambassador Ed Kenney, a friend of Jack’s from Oahu.
All proceeds from the evening benefit our Children’s Education Fund.
We are so grateful to Jack and Kim Johnson for all that they do, and to the Paul Walker family for partnering with us to recognize individuals who — like Paul — are using their public stature in support of ocean issues.
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Ocean Advocate and Supermodel Marisa Miller
Honored at World Oceans Day Celebration
Nine years ago in Monterey, actor Paul Walker helped us celebrate World Oceans Day – sharing his personal connection with the ocean and encouraging visitors to do their part as ocean stewards.
Last Saturday, Paul’s daughter, Meadow Walker, was with us on another World Oceans Day weekend as we presented our inaugural Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award to Marisa Miller – a Santa Cruz native, supermodel, actress and surfer who, like Paul, is a passionate advocate for healthy oceans.
"I’d like to say how humbled I am to receive this award from Paul’s family," Marisa said. "Paul’s love for the ocean and efforts to help protect it, have always been a huge inspiration to me personally, so it’s a honor to receive this award in his name."
Positive ocean experiences
"I also want to thank the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I have been coming to this Aquarium since I was in grade school. It was the field trip my friends and I looked forward to the most. Having these positive experiences at a young age really paved my path to having an awareness for the ocean and its wildlife."
"I’m encouraged to see so many people here today, supporting and celebrating World Oceans Day. The Aquarium’s dedication to programs to preserve and protect our oceans is helping us all to make change."
"Since becoming a mother – my son is 17 months old – I’m appreciating more than ever how important it is to instill awareness, and encourage simple choices that have lasting positive effects."
"I hope we can all feel empowered by that fact that we can make choices and live a lifestyle that bring positive growth to our beautiful oceans. This is how Paul Walker lived his life and paved the way for future generations."
Other ocean award winners
At the ceremonies, we also recognized one of our Teen Conservation Leaders, Ailis Dooner, with a Youth award. This weekend, we’ll present a second Paul Walker Ocean Leadership award to singer and philanthropist Jack Johnson during our 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Ocean. Paul’s brothers Cody and Caleb will be part of the event.
We’re so proud to work with the Walker family, and proud of the contributions that Marisa, Jack and Ailis are making to a future with healthy oceans.
Make a special connection with the ocean! Join us June 14 for a 30th Anniversary Celebration as we honor musician and ocean advocate Jack Johnson with the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award. Proceeds support our Children’s Education Fund to inspire future generations of ocean conservation leaders.
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Marisa Miller, Jack Johnson to Receive Inaugural Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award
The public knew Paul Walker best for his roles as an actor. We knew him as an aspiring marine biologist and a lifelong friend of the ocean.
In collaboration with his family, we’ll honor his memory and continue his legacy through the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award – recognizing individuals who are using their public stature to advance ocean causes and support philanthropic ventures.
Our first recipients – actress and supermodel Marisa Miller, and singer Jack Johnson – will receive their awards in June.
Marisa Miller will be honored in a public presentation on Saturday, June 7 during our World Oceans Day weekend celebration. Jack Johnson will receive his award on Saturday, June 14 during a special 30th anniversary event supporting our Children’s Education Fund.
Paul Walker’s daughter and brothers will participate in the presentations.
Two ocean advocates
“The ocean plays a central role in the lives of both Marisa Miller and Jack Johnson – as it did for Paul Walker,” Executive Director Julie Packard said. “Like Paul, they recognize how important it is to work for a future with healthy oceans, and to inspire others to do their part. We’re proud to honor them in this way.”
Walker helped us celebrate World Oceans Day in 2005, and told visitors that day about about his personal commitment to ocean conservation – urging them to step up their own involvement.
“I was fortunate to have visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium with my father on several occasions,” said his daughter, Meadow Walker. “It held a special place in his heart, as it now does in mine. I am proud of him, and this award that honors his commitment to ocean conservation.”
Marisa Miller: actress, supermodel, surfer and mom
Marisa Miller is an actress, supermodel, a surfer and Monterey Bay area resident who has been inspired by the Aquarium’s work since she was a schoolgirl. Today, as a young mother, she actively promotes an ocean-friendly lifestyle – one that eliminates single-use plastic water bottles, and incorporates sustainable seafood choices, as well as organic foods and natural personal care products that keep pollutants out of the ocean. In addition to her philanthropic work with the American Cancer Society and the USO, she has been associated with Surfrider Foundation, which works on behalf of healthy oceans.
“I’m honored to be receiving the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award,” Marisa said. “The Monterey Bay Aquarium has been a part of my life since I was six years old. Its programs for education and ocean awareness are still impacting me today. I look forward to celebrating World Oceans Day with the communities that support all the work that the Monterey Bay Aquarium does.”
Jack Johnson: Singer-songwriter and philanthropist
Jack Johnson is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, surfer and filmmaker. The Hawaii native and his wife, Kim, have been effecting change worldwide by leading the music industry in greening practices and using their success to support many social and environmental issues. Their Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation supports environmental initiatives, art and music education worldwide – including the Aquarium’s Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit, where teachers find new ways to engage their students around the issue of plastics and ocean health. A graduate of the University of California-Santa Barbara, Johnson has released multiple platinum-selling albums on Brushfire Records, including Brushfire Fairytales, Sleep Through the Static and To the Sea.
“The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a special place for our family,” Jack said. “I appreciate the energy they put into educating the public on sustainable seafood, marine debris, and the overall health of our oceans. I’m honored to be working with them and to be receiving the Paul Walker Award.”
Youth award recipient
At the World Oceans Day celebration, we’ll also present a youth award to 17-year-old high school student Ailis Dooner of Carmel, who took second in the world at the International Science Fair for researching a way to prevent lung cancer using substances found in sea anemones and seaweed. Ailis is one of our Teen Conservation Leaders.
Photos: Marisa Miller by David Gruber. Jack Johnson by Emmett Malloy. Paul Walker by Randy Wilder.
Join us June 14 for a special 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Ocean! This intimate evening honors musician and ocean advocate Jack Johnson, who will receive the inaugural Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award.
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Join us June 14 for a 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Ocean! This intimate evening honors musician and ocean-lover Jack Johnson, who will receive the inaugural Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award.
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RIP, Paul Walker. The Ocean Has Lost a Friend.
Most people mourning the death of Paul Walker know him best in his roles as an actor: The Fast and the Furious series, Varsity Blues, She’s All That and Pleasantville, among many.
We knew him better as an aspiring marine biologist and a lifelong friend of the ocean. And we miss him so much — because he was a true advocate for healthy oceans.
Growing up, Paul was inspired by Jacques Cousteau — his mentor and role model, as he is for many of our staff. He studied marine biology in college and planned to make that his career before he was drawn into acting.
But the ocean was never far from his life — or his concerns.
Mind-blowing ocean life
“The sea is just a big mystery,” he said in a video interview with fabela iMag to to promote Fast and Furious Five. “There are things that are more alien in the ocean than I think are alien in space. It seems like every other day, there’s a new discovery. You look at it and you’re like, ‘Really!’ … Things that are so bizarre … it’s mind blowing.”
An avid surfer (“a zen experience for me”) and scuba diver, he described himself in his Twitter profile as an “ocean addict”. And as he told Entertainment Weekly in an interview, though he became an actor, his work was not his life.
The ocean was always his first love.
Marine biology: “My first passion”
"The passion for marine biology is still there,” he said. “That was my first passion, so I still find other ways to fulfill that.”
One way: Inspire others to get involved in protecting the ocean.
Paul came to the aquarium in 2005 to help us celebrate the opening of our Ocean’s Edge galleries, and the connections each individual has to the health of ocean life. He talked that day with visitors about his personal commitment to ocean conservation, and urged them to step up their own involvement.
Paul was on the board of the Billfish Foundation, and took part in scientific tagging expeditions of great white sharks that were part of National Geographic’s “Expedition Great White”. When he described tagging great whites, it’s not as an actor but as a marine scientist.
"I’d walk away from (acting) to do this full time," he said.
He cared for people in need as well as the ocean. He founded Reach Out Worldwide to provide disaster assistance in places from Haiti to the Midwest to — most recently — the Philippines, in the wake of typhoon Haiyan. He died in a car crash just after making an appearance at a fundraising event for Haiyan relief work.
Above all, he cared about family and friends. As he told Flaunt magazine, “You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.”
We will miss his spirit, his caring, and his love of the ocean.
Photos ©Monterey Bay Aquarium/Randy Wilder