Walking around campus on any given day, one may be accosted by any number of people trying to talk to you. People might want you to sign a petition, listen to doomsday predictions or sell you something. As I walked campus at 9 am on a Friday trying to get familiar with the Humanities buildings, I came across three men trying to get people to stop and talk with them about the environment. One of these men was Kerry Feltham. He works for Greenpeace, and he got me to stop with a zippy opener that made me smile and want to stop and chat with him. He asked if he could talk with me about Greenpeace and I said yes – if I can interview you after. Luckily, Kerry agreed to my terms. After learning more about Greenpeace and their mission, especially their efforts in the Paradise rainforest of Indonesia and their anti-whaling campaign, I became a member of Greenpeace by 9:15 in the morning.
After becoming a Greenpeace member, I got to asking Kerry some questions. I learned that he is a 25-year old employee of Greenpeace who was on a four-day trip to Eugene with three fellow employees from the Southern California area. Their mission: to sign up new members and create awareness for Greenpeace’s campaigns. Kerry has been working with Greenpeace for about eight months, but has been a member of Greenpeace for “4 to 5 years.” Kerry hails from Orange County, California, and his passion for protecting the environment runs deep.
A self-described musician/singer/songwriter/video producer, Kerry started an “eco-media company” last year called KF Morrison Media that aims to draw attention to eco-sensitive areas around the world. His first project is a music video for a song he wrote and performed called “Call It Karma” that draws attention to the Salton Sea in Southern California, a large saline lake that is home to over 100 species of birds, and is currently drying up. Kerry says that he felt compelled to act knowing that the loss of the Salton Sea ecosystem would be “devastating” to the air and ecology of Southern California.
Besides being involved with Greenpeace, Kerry is currently trying to get non-profit status for his company. Kerry has enjoyed his time in Eugene, having never been here before. He found the weather to be a bit erratic – “the first day we got here it hailed like crazy!” – but he found the University of Oregon campus to be beautiful, and other than the weather, he encountered “very friendly, open-minded” people who were well-informed and open to his message of environmental protection.
Blossoms near Condon Hall
Kerry Feltham with his harmonica
Condon Hall, home to Anthropolgy + Geography departments
Oregon Humanities Center at PLC
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