NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A VEGETARIAN HIPPIE CHICK WITH A RACE CAR
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Leilani Munter has been named the #1 Eco Athlete in the world by Discovery’s Planet Green, she was a double for actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and is currently the world’s only green NASCAR driver, carrying environmental messages to 75 million race fans. It is her bravery in Taiji, Japan, however, that has touched our hearts. As a spokesperson for Save Japan Dolphins, she is also the star of the latest PSA for The Cove and Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. I am honored to have this opportunity to interview Leilani who is most certainly one of my personal heroes.
Holise: You are a “green” race car driver. Wow! That is so cool. It is wonderful to see you taking such measures for our planet. What precautions do you take in your racing that would differ from other drivers?
Leilani: As a woman in a male dominated sport, I am different to begin with but it is my biology degree and my environmental activism that sets me apart the most from the other drivers. Since 2007 to address the unavoidable emissions of my race car, I have been adopting an acre of rainforest every time I sit in a race car. I promote only green companies on my car and my last race at Daytona I drove the first ever 100% eco sponsored race car, with 6 green companies coming together to get my car on track. If I stopped racing, I would not take a race car off the grid. I would simply lose my ability to talk to 75 million race fans about green living and hopefully win some of them over. As NativeEnergy’s Tom Rawls said of my eco race car “Anyone who is engaged in any broad effort to speak to the public faces this question: Do I talk only to friendly audiences, or do I face the doubters and the hostiles? If we only address those who already agree with us, nothing changes. And if we work only with people who already believe in what we do, who is going to change the minds of those who don’t?”
On a personal level, I have been vegetarian almost my entire life, have a worm farm to compost my food scraps, a veggie garden, a rainwater collection system, I use solar and LEDs in my house. My racing tshirts are made from recycled plastic bottles – for every size large male tshirt, we have pulled 5 plastic bottles out of a landfill. I lobby for clean energy on Capitol Hill, have traveled to the oil spill in the gulf twice, and have been to Taiji three times and spend several weeks there fighting the dolphin slaughter. Never underestimate a vegetarian hippie chick with a race car.
The Japanese whaling fleet is not where they should be this time of year.
Last year the fleet was operating in the Ross Sea. This year their “scientific survey” was to be in the waters south and west of Tasmania east and south of South Africa.
Every year they alternate. But not this year! Although the whalers attempted to begin their killing operations in the waters southwest of Australia, the Sea Shepherd ships have chased the entire whaling fleet ever eastwards. At 1700 hours AEST, the Bob Barker encountered the Yushin Maru No. 3 at 66 Degrees, 22 minutes South and 179 Degrees, 05 minutes West.
“so now we are under a state of emergency… what I do not understand is the Gov. talking about people losing all their food due to the power outages. That is just stupid! It is not like it is 100*, I mean if your fridge is out then how about sticking everything in the uh… oh, I don’t know SNOW and ICE! Geez, that is just stupid, no reason anyone on food stamps would need more money due to losing food?!? really… are people completely lacking any common sense and resourcefulness. Remember before we could plug in a fridge people used this amazing thing called an ICEBOX.”—
“Please keep the calls & awareness going for SSCS Cove Guardian Erwin Vermeulen. He has been in jail since December 16 & his trial is approaching soon. Call your Japanese Embassy and ask that he be sent home to his family. In the US call 202-238-6700. For everyone who wears a black pirate shirt, Erwin represents all of us.”—