Santa Cruz Good Times

Monday
Aug 31st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Creating Sea Change

kyleFRESH DIRT > Local surfer and activist Kyle Thiermann is not only catching waves but making them, too. The 21-year-old has been making a noticeable difference in the surfing community and industry—enough, at least, to get people to move their money out of big banks and into local banks and credit unions.

Thiermann’s activism goes beyond the waves and into the digital world with short, self-made documentaries that he posts on his website, surfingforchange.com, and on Youtube. Recently, Thiermann had the opportunity to do a TED talk at TEDxSantaCruz, an independently organized TED event.

Thiermann’s TED talk presentation was inspired by his video, “Surfing for Change,” which explores the reasons why people should move their money out of multi-national banks and into local banks. People who think they are not empowered to make a difference need to realize that they “are in the drivers seat,” Thiermann said in the talk. He also talked about his surfing trip to Constitucion, Chile, a popular surfing destination. It was there that he learned of a proposed coal power plant that would be built on the beach.

“It was a really heavy experience for me because I was able to see first-hand the unfair destruction [by] a corporation... coming into a community against the citizens’ will,” says Thiermann.

This led Thiermann to research the proposed coal plant. He learned that Bank of America was funding the coal company.  “If it’s our money that’s making this possible, then we have the power to stop it,” Thiermann says. His solution was to bring more awareness to the proposed coal plant and to the fact that Bank of America was funding it. The result was the brief “Surfing for Change” video that has inspired everyday people, including other surfers and surfing companies, to put their money into local banks.

“At a time when our national economy is in trouble, we have the power to keep our money within local banks and have strong resilient local economies,” says Thiermann, adding, “I’ve documented over $340 million of lending power being moved out of Bank of America [and into local institutions].”

Another of his videos, “Where is Away? Solving Plastic Pollution in Four Minutes,” which features interviews with musician Jack Johnson, among others, has garnered almost 20,000 views on Youtube.

Thiermann has not stopped there, however, as he is currently working on another surfing trip and documentary. “I’m going to Jeffreys Bay South Africa next month to do a project on nuclear power,” Thiermann says. Jeffreys Bay is currently being considered for construction of a nuclear power plant. This time he will be going as a journalist to make his next movie, which will try and answer his questions: “Does the world need nuclear energy? How is nuclear energy going to affect this town... and the people in it and the surfers?”

Thiermann recently completed another project, “Get Rad,” with three friends. “Get Rad,” as it is titled, is a short and funny video that was made to enter Nike’s “Chosen” video contest, which is being sponsored by Surfing Magazine.

 


Thiermann’s TED talk and documentaries can all be seen on his website, surfingforchange.com. “Get Rad” can be seen at surfingmagazine.com/video/the-chosen-few/comment-page-1/#comment-34529.
Comments (2)Add Comment
...
written by Kyle Thiermann, July 23, 2011
GT, can you please include this as the link to the Chosen contest so people can vote for us? https://apps.facebook.com/nike-chosen/crews/get-rad/4476
Thanks!
...
written by Kyle Buthman, July 23, 2011
Check out and "like" GET RAD here!
https://apps.facebook.com/nike-chosen/crews/get-rad/4476
dont forget to leave a comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

The Meaning of ‘LIFE’

With a new documentary film about his work, and huge exhibits on both coasts, acclaimed Santa Cruz nature photographer Frans Lanting is having a landmark year. But his crusade for conservation doesn’t leave much time for looking back

 

Seasons of Opportunity

Everything in our world has a specific time (a season) in which to accomplish a specific work—a “season” that begins (opportunity) and ends (time’s up). I can feel the season is changing. The leaves turning colors, the air cooler, sunbeams casting shadows in different places. It feels like a seasonal change has begun in the northern hemisphere. Christmas is in four months, and 2015 is swiftly speeding by. Soon it will be autumn and time for the many Festivals of Light. Each season offers new opportunities. Then the season ends and new seasons take its place. Humanity, too, is given “seasons” of opportunity. We are in one of those opportunities now, to bring something new (Uranus) into our world, especially in the United States. Times of opportunity can be seen in the astrology chart. In the U.S. chart, Uranus (change) joins Chiron (wound/healing). This symbolizes a need to heal the wounds of humanity. Uranus offers new archetypes, new ways of doing things. The Uranus/Chiron (Aries/Pisces) message is, “The people of the U.S. are suffering. New actions are needed to bring healing and well-being to humanity. So the U.S. can fulfill its spiritual task of standing within the light and leading humanity within and toward the light.” Thursday, Aquarius Moon, Mercury enters Libra. The message, “To bring forth the new order in the world, begin with acts of Goodwill.” Goodwill produces right relations with everyone and everything. The result is a world of progressive well-being and peacefulness (which is neither passive nor the opposite of war). Saturday is the full moon, the solar light of Virgo streaming into the Earth. Our waiting now begins, for the birth of new light at winter solstice. The mother (hiding the light of the soul, the holy child), identifying the feminine principle, says, “I am the mother and the child. I, God (Father), I Matter (Mother), We are One.”

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of August 28

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Land of Plenty

Farm to Fork benefit dinner for UCSC’s Agroecology Center, plus a zippy salsa from Teresa’s Salsa that loves every food it meets

 

If you knew you had one week to live, what would you do?

Make peace with myself, which would allow me to be at peace with others. Diane Fisher, Santa Cruz, Network Engineer

 

Comanche Cellars

Michael Simons, owner and winemaker of Comanche Cellars, once had a trusted steed called Comanche, which was part of his paper route and his rodeo circuit, from the tender age of 10. In memory of this beautiful horse, he named his winery Comanche, and Comanche’s shoes grace the label of each handcrafted bottle.

 

Cantine Winepub

Aptos wine and tapas spot keeps it casual