If you have a platform, use it to raise up the world.
This is exactly what Bonnie Wright, the actress-director best known for the Harry Potter movies, is using hers for. Since Potter, Bonnie has become an activist and advocate for the environment as an oceans ambassador for Greenpeace. She speaks to a millennial audience, encouraging us to align what we wear, what we buy and how we live to the health of earth. She even designed a swimwear line made out of recycled plastic bottles with Fair Harbor.
Now bonnie has partnered with Georgia Stockwell to create Waste Watch, seasonal meet-ups for the environmentally minded. On the evening before their next event in Venice Beach, we asked the filmmakers about creating change.
What brought you and Georgia together to collaborate on Waste Watch?
We felt overwhelmed by the degradation of our environment and were struggling to navigate how best to take action. Although we operate within conscious communities, we felt that our efforts were isolated, like there wasn't really a dedicated space for sharing resources and engaging as a collective around these issues.
What is the mission/vision of Waste Watch?
Our mission is to provide information and inspiration for our local community so that they can feel more equipped and empowered to tackle the climate emergency on a personal and local level. It started in Bonnie's living room and now we are generously hosted at our favorite Westside spaces.
Why are conversations important to activism?
Conversation, when fueled by information and knowledge, is vital to helping us understand the root causes of these issues so that we can better understand the best solutions and actions to take. Our meetings provide an opportunity for people to learn, and voice their questions and concerns, so that we can all feel less alone whilst navigating this complicated space.
You have spoken about sustainable fashion and co-created a swimwear line, in what other ways can art, media and design shift our environmental impact?
Bonnie: Whilst I don’t think the fashion or entertainment industry can be deemed “sustainable” I do believe they have the power to effectively communicate the message in the language of today. I think the fashion and entertainment industry have an obligation to disrupt their current systems by drastically lowering their waste impact.
Georgia: Powerful storytelling, through media, design and other art forms, is crucial to inspiring passion and spreading awareness.
What has activism taught you about creating change?
Bonnie: It has taught me that when you speak up in a non violent way about what you care about the truth has a power to travel far. You never really see the change but you feel it.
Georgia: Activating around these issues means connecting with others and engaging in community. In order to create change we must be able to learn and work together and understand one another. Waste Watch has allowed a space for that to take place.
What are three small things we can do today to help our seas?
Say no to plastic water bottles and coffee cups. Reusables are the solution.
Switch to a biodegradable toothbrush.
Make safe seafood choices.
What innovation or trend gives you the most hope for a greener future?
Bonnie: Tree planting. Whether you plant one or a million we need every single one.
Georgia: The solar industry and other renewable energy innovations.
How do you stay positive while doing activist work?
Bonnie: Stepping away from my phone and cuddling my dog.
Georgia: Connecting with nature through outdoor adventures.
What inspires your work?
Bonnie: Finding solutions within the impossible.
Georgia: Connecting with people who care.