Living in Malibu? Help Save it, too!

“Everyone Instagrams the sunset and captions it with something like ‘This never gets old!’ But what if it does one day?” – Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee (left) and Elise Webster (right) are all smiles after a day of service. Photo taken by Allan Spencer

Stacey Lee (left) and Elise Webster (right) are all smiles after a day of service.
Photo taken by Allan Spencer

Stacey Lee, nonprofit enthusiast, along with Elise Webster, has recently joined forces with the Sea Save Foundation. Lee and Webster, both Pepperdine Juniors and now both Assistant Directors and Project Managers of the Sea Save Foundation, feel passionately about helping save the ocean and are inviting others to feel the same.

About the Sea Save Foundation

Founded by Georgienne Bradley and Jay Ireland, the Sea Save Foundation is based in Malibu, Calif. and as stated on the SSF website, its mission statement is:

“To generate consciousness and encourage stewardship of natural ecosystems while continuing with other charitable educational activities associated with this purpose.”

The Sea Save Foundation focuses on conservation of the ecosystem as a whole, not limiting itself solely to ocean conservation. The SSF promotes various petitions to preserve not just the ocean, but animals as well.

“They write petitions to work with the government in order to preserve our ecosystem and environment. They work with ocean and animal conservation fort animals like sharks, manta rays, and sloths,” shares Stacey Lee, her face lighting up at the mention of sloths.

The Sea Save Foundation has an overall team of more than 500 members located throughout the United States and overseas as well – including, but not limited to, the UK, Canada, and Australia. The foundation brings together its members and engages its audience through social media – a driving force in the SSF’s mission.

The Sea Save Foundation and Social Media

In this day and age, more and more companies are forced to develop a strong social media presence to benefit their organization and to develop a stronger audience, and the Sea Save Foundation is fully aware.

Social media is so accessible and it is so definitive of our generation because we are the social media generation,” expresses Stacey Lee. “I think our generation has this expectation where we want all our information here and now.  It’s just immediate and fast and if it catches our attention then we delve into it more.”

Social media is especially beneficial for worldwide campaigns, as it easily allows all members and audiences to unite and express any concerns and ideas.

“Social media is so important to our cause because most of us work primarily online. We have volunteers everywhere from London to Australia so social media is where we all come together for the cause. We need to be constantly promoting our events and campaigns to get others involved and social media gives us this ability,” shares Elise Webster.

The Sea Save Foundation is currently active on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. The SSF uses its different social media platforms not just to engage with its audience members, but also to get to know them.

“We are able to tell based on the feedback we get online what our followers want to learn more about. We are working on getting more involved with our Tumblr page and also having a regular blog that people all over the world can visit to learn about ocean conservation,” adds Webster.

The Sea Save Foundation has adopted social media into its driving force and relies on it heavily for not only its already existing supporters, but for reaching out to and engaging potential support as well.

The SSF also engages its supporters with a fun campaign called “Give Em the Fin.”

“We have a link on our website where people can upload a picture of themselves (and friends) “giving the fin” (making a fin shape on the top of their head with their hands). We are creating a mosaic with all of the pictures that we receive that will be used as a petition to fight against the practice of killing sharks for their fins, to make shark soup,” shares Webster.

Give Em the Fin!

Give the fin here.

Want to Intern with the Sea Save Foundation?

The Sea Save foundation is currently looking for interns for the following positions:

  • Event managing
  • Writers
  • Bloggers
  • Vloggers
  • PR
  • Advertising
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Production
  • Web Design 

“If you love beach, you could come work for us. You don’t need to know too much about it, and we could even help build that passion for you,” shares Stacey Lee. “We see the ocean every day when we’re like walking to class and I think it’s important that we don’t take it for granted. There’s so much life that the ocean supports and we need to be thoughtful abut that.”

So, if you’re local to Malibu and are interested in interning with the Sea Save Foundation, contact:

  • Stacey Lee (Assistant Director and Project Manager) stacey.lee@pepperdine.edu
  • Elise Webster (Assistant Director and Project Manager) elise.webster@pepperdine.edu
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