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Seriously: “Baywatch” Star Pamela Anderson Addresses the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia


Apparently this happens today (or happened this morning). Pamela Anderson, star of “Baywatch,” ex wife of Tommy Lee and Kid Rock, gave a speech in Russia. About the economy. I guess they invited her. They aren’t stupid. Who wouldn’t invite Pamela Anderson to give a speech? And then she taught mouth to mouth resuscitation. I’m told Pam is high on Donald Trump’s list for Treasury or HUD. She turned down Homeland Security.

Text of Pamela Anderson
Address to the Eastern Economic Forum.

Vladivostok, Russia September 2015

Thank-you for this opportunity to address this forum.

I am very honoured and I very much appreciate the invitation from The

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment for the Russian

Federation Sergei Donskoi to attend this Eastern Economic Forum.

As an international celebrity I am aware that I have a global audience

and that my views are listened to, reported on and at times can be quite


I recognize that there are scientists, journalists, scholars and politicians

who are much more knowledgeable than I on many things but I also

recognize that the value I have as a person in the spotlight and I take

that responsibility head on – in my passion for compassion regarding all

living things…

Our modern media culture has given artists the platform to be

influential communicators.

This gives me the ability to be a voice on many issues.

Issues like the diminishment of bio-diversity, climate change, pollution,

the treatment of animals, the destruction of our forests and health issues

associated with the decline in ecological integrity affecting this entire


I believe that our planet is in trouble. I believe that our oceans are dying.

We are losing our coral reefs, we have removed over 50% of the living

natural biomass from this planet since 1950. We have seen a 40% loss of

plankton in the Ocean since 1950. Imagine if your economy diminished

by 40-50%…

We are also seeing a dangerous diminishment of bee populations around

the world.

We live in a world where economic priorities increasingly push ecological

priorities aside. Yes the economy is important, but it should never be

more important than the life support system that sustains us all.

Last month Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said “The last thing

we want to do is strengthen the environment and at the same time

damage our economy… to put the environment ahead of the economy.”

This is a willfully- reckless and irresponsible statement- but not

surprising from a world leader who has declared war on

environmentalists. My own Prime Minister Stephen Harper shares Mr.

Abbott’s views and these are views that will be condemned by future


The world needs leaders that represent the needs of future generations. I

have children and therefore I am very concerned about the state of the

world, decades into the future.

It is evident that if we are to survive as a species upon this planet we

must conduct ourselves within the boundaries of ecological law and

specifically three very important ecological laws.

The first is the law of diversity. An eco-system is dependent upon the

diversity of species within it. The greater the diversity, the stronger the

eco-system. When diversity is diminished eco-systems are diminished.

The second law of ecology is the law of interdependence. All diversity

within an eco-system is inter-dependent and this interdependence

maintains the ecological integrity of the system.

The third law of ecology is the law of finite growth. There is simply a

finite limit to resources. This means a limit to carrying capacity.

Increased human populations and increased consumption of resources

literally steals the carrying capacity of other species.

Thus increased human population growth and consumption of resources

diminishes diversity and interdependence.

Humans tend to think of ourselves as separate from nature. We tend to

view ourselves as superior to all other species. This is an arrogant point

of view that simply has no place in reality.

I have come to address this forum today because I believe there is a need

for stronger leadership that recognizes that the ecological systems that

sustain us must be managed with broader intelligence and vision.

I believe that President Vladimir Putin understands the importance of

interdependence. His recent public concerns about bees being threatened

by industrial chemicals is an example of his ecological insights.

President Putin knows that if the bees disappear there will be severe

consequences for agriculture and therefore he understands that the

preservation of bees must take precedence over the profits of a chemical

company like Monsanto. Unfortunately many of the world’s economic

systems place short-term profits before long-term human, animal or

ecological interests.

What, for example, is the value of a whale?

If harpooned, it is cut up into meat and consumed with a limited market

and a finite price. A whale is killed and money is made by a very few.

But there is a far more important value to a whale that benefits all of us.

As I said earlier since 1950 we have lost 40% of our plankton population

as well as about 90% of the fish biomass. The ocean has been severely


During the 20 th Century millions of whales were removed from oceanic

eco-systems. One species the largest mammal to have ever lived, the Blue

whale, was driven to the brink of extinction. More than 300,000 of these

incredible animals were slaughtered. The meat was sold and consumed

and the money has been spent.

But consider the real value of those whales, if they had been allowed to


Everyday a Blue whale defecates about three tons of nitrogen and iron

rich fecal material. This is not waste, it is essential food for plankton. The

Blue whale literally fertilizes the pastures of plankton upon which it

feeds and that plankton is the foundation of the entire food chain of the

sea. Additionally it is one of the planet’s most prolific producers of


The whales need plankton. Fish need plankton and humans need

plankton. Removing whales from marine eco-systems means removing

the primary source of plankton fertilization. A living whale benefits all of

humanity. A dead whale benefits only a few individuals.

In many ways it is like killing the goose that lays the golden egg. No

goose no egg, in other words, no whales means diminishment of iron and

less iron means a diminishment of plankton.

and – less plankton means less oxygen.

For millions of years, completely independent of humanity, oceanic ecosystems

have been kept in balance by the interdependence of the

diversity of species within these eco-systems. A species takes, and a

species gives, and it is this ‘give and take’ that keeps ecological systems


Within the last few centuries humans have taken from the sea and

returned nothing of value except chemicals, plastics, oil, noise pollution,

acidity and radiation.

As a result life in our ocean has been seriously diminished since 1945 and

this diminishment continues at an ever-increasing and alarming rate. Too

many people and not enough fish.

So… How do we replenish this system?

We need to call a moratorium on all industrialized fishing operations.

We need to give time for the fish to replenish their numbers and we need

to encourage the growth in population of apex predators like, sharks,

marine mammals and seabirds. Sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and

seabirds contribute to the system within which they evolved, all

interdependently producing and recycling nutrients. As strange as it

might seem the fact is that the more seals, dolphins, sharks and whales,

the healthier the fish populations.

This can be seen historically. When marine mammal and shark

populations were much higher than today, there was no shortage of fish.

The agent of diminishment is the predations of humanity and not the

species that have maintained the system for millenniums.

We must stop being takers of resources from the sea and we must make

the effort to replenish bio-diversity.

Government subsidies to industrialized fishing operations must end. Yes

this will create some economic challenges- but by continuing on the

present course of subsidies, as well as massive extraction of fish will only

lead to greater ecological challenges and that will certainly lead to

economic collapse.

What we have here is this thing called “the tragedy of the commons.” A

country may realize that their actions are destructive to the environment

but they also know that if they desist from exploitation that other

countries will simply continue to exploit the resources.

An example in my own country. The cod fishery collapsed in 1992.

Despite this crash various nations continued to exploit cod just outside

Canada’s economic territory. One country knew that if they stopped

fishing, that another country would simply take their quota.

What we need is a nation to lead and to say enough is enough and that

decisions must be made based on ecological realities and not just

economic realities.

Russia is not a stranger to this kind of thinking. In 1962, Premier Nikita

Khrushchev made the rational and correct decision to avoid nuclear war.

He chose the path of sanity over national pride and if not for his decision

perhaps none of us would be here today.

We also must understand that we share this planet with other species. We

need them, for humanity is not a biological island unto itself. We are

interdependent with all the other citizen species of the planet.

We not only need these species, we can also learn from them.

As various societies spend great amounts of money on a search for extraterrestrial

intelligences we have all but ignored the possibility of

communicating with intelligent species on this planet.

Many animals like the great apes, cetaceans and elephants for example

have demonstrated that they are self-aware beings capable of emotions

and thoughts. In our arrogance we have steadfastly ignored the

possibility that they may have something to say.

We measure intelligence by the ability to manipulate tools. We are a toolmaking

species. I believe however that there are non-manipulative forms

of intelligence. Cetaceans have large complex brains and a complex form

of communication between themselves. Apes have learned sign language,

elephants have been observed displaying empathy and a comprehension

of life and death.

But instead of learning from these magnificent creatures, we kill them

and capture them for our amusement.

Humanity needs a great nation with the vision to look into the future and

to see that we need to share our world with these other species. We need

leadership to restore the ecological balance and we need leadership to

guide us to evolve into more compassionate beings ourselves.

Russia could easily win the hearts and minds of tens of millions of people

worldwide by becoming a nation that addresses ecological realities with

positive actions and a nation that recognizes the rights of ecological value

of animals.

India has declared dolphins to be non-human ‘persons’.

Cannot Russia do the same?

I would like to humbly request that Russia free dolphins from captivity

and abolish the killing of whales and dolphins. I would also like to

humbly request that Russia oppose the trade of whale and dolphin

products, ivory and endangered wildlife products from transiting by air,

land or sea through Russian territory.

Such a move would warm the hearts of tens of millions of people

throughout the world.

This may not be easy but I firmly believe it is essential for the survival of

diversity, interdependence and maintaining finite resources.

My wish is that we find a way to unite economics with ecology in an

system where the economy is organized to benefit natural eco-systems.

A healthy eco-systems maintain a viable economy.

Like the “Moon Race” of the 60’s, who will win the “EARTH race”?

Which Nation will be brave enough and forward thinking enough to go


As A person of Russian decent, I came all this way, because…

I’m betting on you…

Thank You

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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