How to sum up a life’s work in one evening? That was the task of the event organisers of the Dolphin Project, an organization dedicated to stopping the senseless slaughter and exploitation of dolphins worlwide. The organization was founded by marine environmental activist Ric O’Barry, who was featured in the Oscar winning film The Cove. On March 3rd, 2012, Dolphin Project honored Mr. O’Barry for his work, bringing together an extraordinary group of supporters, influential persons, and noted environmentalists for an evening.
Munter and O’Barry at the event
One of the guests was leading environmentalist and Daytona pro car racing driver, Leilani Munter, who spoke candidly about her support for the Dolphin Project and her admiration for O’Barry. Munter, who has been identified as one of today's most influential environmentalists, has not shied away from promoting her desire for a greener environment. For many years, she has pushed for more energy-efficient lightbulbs and for the recycling of plastic drinking bottles, actions which can and will have a huge positive impact on our earth. In 2007, Munter became the first carbon-neutral race car driver when she committed herself to adopting an acre of rainforest for every race she competes in so as to offset the carbon footprint of her race.
Another issue close to Munter's heart is her passion for animals. Since learning about the dolphin slaughters featured in The Cove, she has become a vocal critic of the practice. Said Munter, “I’m happy to lend my voice to this project. I’ve been to Tijii three times and I’ve documented the slaughters myself in person and it’s one of the most heartbreaking things in my life. I’m so thankful to be working with Ric O’Barry and to shine a light on what’s going on there. The more people who see The Cove, the more people will become aware so we can see an end to it. That’s why when I raced at Daytona, a couple of million people saw my race-car with The Cove on it. That helps the issue go mainstream.”
Munter speaks with the press
Munter plans to travel to Japan in the fall to participate in planned protests. If Munter’s track record provides any indication of what we can expect, the protest will be loud and visible. In 2011, she arranged for the Empire State Building to be lit with red lights to honor the memory of the thousands of dolphins whose lives have been lost in the cove. We’re sure this remarkable woman can bring to a little something extra to a very important campaign.
The Dolphin Project is now a proud charity partner of Lux and Eco , a new retail site for the eco conscious, where consumers can “purchase with purpose,” meaning a portion of their sale automatically goes to a charity of the shopper’s choice. Visit www.luxandeco.com to find how you can support the Dolphin Project via this innovative new program or visit dolphinproject.org to donate directly.