10 reasons why I once voted for David de Rothschild as People's Choice Adventurer of the Year

David de Rothschild nominated for People's Choice award

Environmentalist, author and explorer David de Rothschild was nominated for the People's Choice Adventurer of the Year award being organised and publicised by National Geographic in 2010. As a supporter of David's naturally I voted for him and continued to do so because you could vote daily.

If you need to know why I have voted for him then read on. Here are 10 reasons I support David de Rothschild.

David de Rothschild and his dog

David de Rothschild
David de Rothschild
David's dog by Laurel Bunce Polarek
David's dog by Laurel Bunce Polarek

5 reasons I have voted for David de Rothschild

First and foremost, I support David de Rothschild because he really cares about the environment and about doing something about the state of the planet and the multiple threats to people and wildlife before it is too late. He has said that the time for debating matters to do with climate change and the environment is over. We need to act now and I agree!

David is a man who has been out there in the wild places, including the frozen expanses of the Arctic and the threatened tropical rainforests, as well as recently having sailed across an ocean, and he knows the natural beauties of these places. He knows first hand what we are losing everyday from habitat destruction, pollution and other causes we humans are responsible for.

Before his epic voyage across the Pacific this year on a catamaran made from plastic bottles and called the Plastiki, he said that he knew he would miss the song of birds, and that was something I could understand well. Having completed their journey he has commented on how few marine wildlife he and his crew encountered and how few fish they caught on a voyage of over 3,000 miles from San Francisco to Sydney. When Thor Heyerdahl crossed the ocean on his famous Kon-tiki raft he came upon lots of whales, dolphins and sea birds. The world was a very different one back then in 1947!

My second reason is because David de Rothschild is an animal lover. David loves his dogs Smudge and Nester and misses them when he is away. He sleeps with his dogs and talks about them in this interview he gave to The Sunday Times. I sleep with my cat Tiggy and I miss her if I go away. I am sure anyone with a pet dog or cat can understand this.

Thirdly, I support David because he is a man of his word and does what he says he is going to do. A few years back he announced that he was building a boat from plastic and was going to sail across the ocean on it to raise awareness of marine pollution from plastic and for the need for increased recycling of our resources. The idea sounded crazy - of building a catamaran from plastic bottles, but it was done. There were delays and some people perhaps thought it was all talk and that it wasn't going to happen, but happen it did!

My fourth reason for voting for him is that unlike so many members of the elite families he doesn't hide himself away from the general public at all or act as if he is above other people. On the contrary he makes countless public appearances, shares his news and views via his websites such as his Twitter page, and is friendly and approachable.

David takes time out to read his mail and messages and does his best to respond. David listens to what other people think. He knows very well that we all share this planet and it is a shared responsibility we have to change things for the better. As he says:"nobody is as smart as everybody."

Fifthly, I think David de Rothschild well deserves to win this award because he motivates and inspires other people by sharing his experiences with them via his excellent Adventure Ecology website and his sites on Twitter and Facebook. As a role model he shows that we can look on life as an adventure or series of adventures. Videos made of the Plastiki voyage show what it was like out there on the high seas. We get to see David doing his share of work on the boat. We even get to see him in the early stages suffering from seasickness. He is the real deal. I get seasick too and it is most unpleasant. There were a lot more enjoyable ways David could have been spending his life don't you think?

It wasn't at all easy living on a plastic boat for over three months. Besides getting seasick, David was missing his family and friends, missing his dogs, missing the birdsong, living in cramped quarters and at times he and the crew had to brave the storms they encountered.

David update of tea and Seasickness

5 more reasons David de Rothschild got my vote

Another reason I support David is because of his choice of a hero or heroine. In an interview he once stated that the person he admires most is Sylvia Earle and that made a big impression on me because she is a most amazing lady and I could see why he chose her.

With regard to people David admires brings me to the late great John Lennon, who is definitely one of my favourite singer-songwriters and personal influences and mentors. David recently posted on his Twitter page the link to a great video of Lennon talking, so it is obvious that he is a big fan too. Being a mutual fan of John Lennon is a good enough reason for me.

I also support and would vote for David de Rothschild too because I think he is doing a very difficult job that perhaps people don't really give him credit for. Yes, he comes from a very wealthy family but that doesn't mean he can save the world single-handedly or overthrow the system like some sort of eco-warrior superhero! He does what he can and that is what I admire about him. Some of his fans I think expect too much of him, whilst at the other extreme his detractors are mainly conspiracy theorists who wrongly accuse and blame him for things he has little control over and was not responsible for.

Speaking of conspiracy theorists giving David a hard time, it was Alex Jones who first got me started as a supporter of David's. Instead of treating his guest politely Jones ranted and raved at David, who instead of getting rattled and losing his temper, or being upset and quitting the show, handled it all with perfect composure. He maintained his calm against the storm of abuse Jones hurled at him. I was impressed by this and that is one more reason I support David de Rothschild.

Finally, David gets my vote for having written a great book with lots of excellent advice - The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook. I bought the book and reviewed it here at hubpages.

So there you have my 10 reasons for supporting David and why he got my vote! .

I met the Walrus (John Lennon)

© 2010 Steve Andrews

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Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

Wow, this man comes from probably the MOST EVIL family of all time, I am more than disappointed to see this article.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I am disappointed you feel that way and are so biased in your opinion! As I pointed out conspiracy theorists blame David and I don't think this is very fair! He is an individual not a family!


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hello my darlin music man, all the values you hold to David as a truly great man, are the same values I hold for most humans. sadly they can't live up to this form of human normality. So, I hear you load and clear and bravo for this excellent and well written hub. rate up peace & love darski


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Darski! :)


Yasmeen Stewart 5 years ago

Steve thanks for all your effort's supporting David's work. It is easy to use words like evil. With out taking the time to research the efforts of great men. I think you are a great man as well because you do take that time and are very caring person in regards to the environment. You are very fair in your assessment of David de Rothschild and I agree he would make an excellent choice for the people's choice adventurer of the year!


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your compliments and posting these comments, Yasmeen!


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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Bard of Ely,

I whole-heartedly agree! It is not often that I admire someone.

I found the Plastiki info when I was research coral and sun tan lotions.

I have been following you ever since I became a Hub Pages member but I haven't seen your articles on this subject until today. I must link back to you.

Great post - thank you! LOVE your work.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you very much, GmaGoldie! Yes, I have posted a lot of hubs about David and the Plastiki.


Janus Tobias Madsen 5 years ago

I am quite reluctant.

Altough, helping the enviroment is indeed a very serious and important thing. I just honestly have a hard time, finding the unique and "greatness" in the activities of David R.

Making a boat out of plastic and crossing the ocean hmm isn't it taken from Thor Heyerdahl's expedition with Kon-ti-ki and Ra I/II? Even the name resembles. And building a boat of plastic have been done over and over again.

Of course its hard to come up with something new - I just don't think it is sufficient in order to David R. to get an award the things he have done.

To me, it honestly is more about having somesort of red thread he has picked up in life - a raison d'etre for a rich guy who otherwise would be bored and lack a meaning of life. So now he has a goal, but no matter how important the goal is - I think he is doing it for his own personal satisfaction. Sorry to say.

That he also denies his ties to his family well hmm I honestly don't think he will get this attention without his name, because so many many others are doing so much more. But they don't get the same credit or attention.

So if Davids should get this reward would be a slap in the face for the many many who works their ... of for the enviroment.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

"if Davids should get this reward would be a slap in the face for the many many who works their ... of for the environment." - on that we will have to very much disagree but thank you for posting! David has said he would use his name to get his message out and has done so...are you trying to say you don't think this is a good idea? What would you do in his situation?


Janus Tobias Madsen 5 years ago

Well I don't doubt what he is doing, and I guess it is good to use your name at least in these mathers. But I question his personal reasons in working for a better enviroment. It seemes that the Plastiki project more had something to do with a personal experience rather than getting a focus on the enviroment. Why not focus on the "sea of plastic" : In the middle of the atlantic decades of plastic garbage have gathered in a "sea of plastic" covering hundreds of miles. It makes a lot more sense getting there - in the Plastiki - rather than just cross an ocean.

Also - Because the treath of rising sea levels and people who are mostly in danger to expose to it, are not found in the equator area. It is found in the arctic regions. Thereby the focus it self - on sea levels (among other things), were at best misunderstood. Since people living in the equator area are the least to suffer from the rise of sea levels.

You could make several happenings like in Greenland where the effects are quite serious already and the local population suffers from global warming.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Janus, in this hub I said: "Yes, he comes from a very wealthy family but that doesn't mean he can save the world single-handedly or overthrow the system like some sort of eco-warrior superhero! He does what he can and that is what I admire about him..." and by that I meant what I said - David can only do so much and deserves full credit for what he has done/is doing! Yes, of course he could potentially do all sorts of things ( as could we all) but he only has so much time like the rest of us and he has to decide what he will do and what will make an impact. That is his decision. Actually there are islands threatened by rising sea levels far from the Arctic and in fact David posted a video of one some months back on his Twitter page. I can't remember the name of the island but it is in the tropics and the residents there have been forced to move because land has been ruined by salt water with the situation getting worse.

The original plan for the Plastiki was to go through the Garbage Patch but this had to be changed due to wind and weather conditions. The points David wanted to raise about its reality were raised successfully without the boat having to go right through it. Even if they had, it is hard to get photos that do much justice to showing it for what it is because it is NOT a solid mass as many people incorrectly suppose but billions of tiny floating plastic pieces.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Great Hub, Bard.

If everyone would do as much as any of us can, we would not have problem at the first place.

Thumbs up for you and David.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Tatjana-Mihaela!


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SomewayOuttaHere 5 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

...good hub....


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Well; first off, this is a good article; and I'm impressed about the boat, which I had no idea was made out of plastic bottles? Is that right?

Of course the Rothschild family, by and large, is responsible for tremendous amounts of wrongdoings, to be polite, or as Brie said, . . . .evil, to be more correct.

Of course you are correct to, I'm not guilty of the sins of my forefathers either; and another point is this: If I had the kind of money behind me that David has; I know what I'd be doing all of the time, and lets just say that it wouldn't be too helpful for many people, and would surely be deadly for me.

So good, I'll try to give David a "chance," as if it could ever matter what I think about him.

Alex Jones? Yes, I saw that too, and it was ridiculous. I like Alex, but . . .he discredits himself rather well, don't you think?


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Wesman! Yes, the boat was made from 12,500 plastic bottles. Members of the Rothschild family may well do many things but that does not mean that all members, such as David, go along with the actions of those they are related to. David has publicly recently been involved in thanking Greenprophet.com for an open letter to him about the proposed doings of Jacob de Rothschild with regard to oil shale mining and has even more recently stated that he is "heartbroken" and "enraged" by the news of Nat de Rothschild's coal mining venture in Indonesia.

Chris Everard, whom I write for in Feed Your Brain magazine, is currently talking about Alex Jones and David Icke over at Facebook and posted this: "I wanted to advertise on & support Alex's radio show when my film SUPERSTATE was released - but was quoted an advertising package of $32,000 for a few weeks, and told by LEE WICKENHAUSER that I would have to advertise 'for several weeks' before I would be considered as a guest on Alex's show! Is that fair?"


anonymous 5 years ago

Hello, I actually know several people who were intimately involved in the production of the Plastiki documentary which recently premiered in Washington, DC. While Mr. de Rothschild's intentions might be noble, his saturnine personality unfortunately undermines the supposedly benevolent spirit of the project. The author of this website/hub claims that de Rothschild has gone to great lengths to distance himself from his family name, and all that it implies. I find de Rothschild's connection to his family to be far from the issue (really, who cares if he's from a dynasty?), but I find the way that he inserts himself into the representation of this mission (video testimonials, etc) as less a set of environmental concerns, and located more in a set of concerns about promoting himself.

While my claims might sound petty and rooted more in celebrity-related issues, the fact of the matter is that Mr. de Rothschild alienated numerous members of the support crew with such behavior, and led this expedition more like a glorified press conference for himself (Skype-ing in to events, etc), than actually working to impact change.

I am hopeful that this and other projects might motivate real change, but remain deeply skeptical of the ways that they function as self-promotion. With regards modesty, curiosity, and true stewardship, Mr. de Rothschild would do well to borrow a few pages from both Erik Hesselberg and Thor Heyerdahl.


Anonymous 5 years ago

One more observation: In 1947, Heyerdahl was trailed for thousands of miles by sharks. By comparison, de Rothschild was trailed by a support crew with fresh food, water, and satellite links for Skype conferences.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

I think that the fact that you wish to remain anonymous and give no names of any of these "alienated" support crew or of the "several people" involved in the documentary makes your claims little more than hearsay and unsubstantiated evidence! I also would wish to point out that it makes sense that David was the centre of attention for all media events and connections because he had stated before the expedition began that he intended using his name to get as much publicity as possible for the voyage. This he did! You will also find that each of the crew members get to have their say in many of the videos made and in the resulting book so it was hardly monopolised by David as you are suggesting. Have you read the book Plastiki: Across the Pacific on Plastic? You will also find in this book that it is admitted that there were tensions that built up between some crew members in the course of the voyage but this is hardly surprising under the cramped circumstances and difficult conditions!


Anonymous. 5 years ago

Thanks for your response, BoE.

I'll cut to the heart of your reply. The reason I listed my name as anonymous, and the reason why most crew members have opted to reserve their criticism for David for platforms that aren't the official Plastiki book, film, etc, is far from your claims of hearsay.

Amy Westervelt has interviewed numerous crew members; I've spoken with several, and the complaints are neither isolated nor random. Rather it's a trend that came to define the entire expedition. And while David can afford (literally) to alienate anyone, the majority of the people working on that project have to carefully consider how they publicly tell that story, because it ultimately reflects upon their future employment. It's not an ideal situation to be in, where your problematic success with a troubling project helmed by a polarizing figure is contingent upon your need to keep your mouth shut.

While her title and tone is severe, Westervelt's research is thorough and worth reading as a comparison:

http://www.thefastertimes.com/earthmatters/2010/03...

As I already stated above, I have no issues with all of the hype around the deRothschild name, etc. I could care less what family David hails from, or what they stood for. The issue is David, and what his actions do now. And sadly, on this point, David is not really winning the war. The fact of the matter is, several other notable expeditions have accomplished exactly the same thing as what David set out to do, with far less funding and visibility (for example, Chris Jordan's Midway project).

http://www.midwayjourney.com

Moreover, David's message of recycling has actually not been the best researched. As the Berkeley Ecology Center has argued, recycling plastic is not only extremely energy-intensive, it doesn’t actually cut down on the use of virgin plastics:

http://www.ecologycenter.org/ptf/misconceptions.ht...

David's Plastiki efforts are generally good spirited…but in light of the problematic misconceptions about recycling and what they do to actually reduce — as opposed to simply collect and repurpose— materials, his project comes across as (admittedly) self-serving and not thoroughly researched. And this has been noted by critics far less vocal than Westervelt. Which brings my to my second point: Leaving aside any ecological claims, I want to take up your observation about using his name to get as much publicity for the voyage. You are right, he definitely did use his name. And how! But the fact of the matter is that for every encouraging message about the environment that this project has done, it's generated similar discussions, and very critical ones at that, about David's personality.

I'm not sure what your context for this project is from your perspective in Tenerife. I love that pocket of the world, too. I've been to Andalusia several times, and love it there, and am encouraged that your vision of an ecologically sound world echoes with us in the San Francisco bay area. But from being on the ground here, where many people I know were involved in the test runs in the bay, to working on crews, to working on the film, I can definitively say that David did a lot--really, far too much-- to offend people who worked endlessly to support his project. While I can appreciate your your perspective and enthusiasm for the message, it doesn't change the fact that many people close to the project are quite displeased with David acted, from his first plans, on through the actual voyage.

As for the mentioning of tensions between crew members, I again wish to remind you of Heyerdahl. Their expedition was far more cramped and difficult. Your logic stops short here: For decades, researchers have studied how to assemble crews and plan missions such that such tensions to not emerge. Sadly, on this point, like much of the most critically informed ecological research available, Mr. de Rothschild chose to ignore established, peer-reviewed studies that might have actually made for a more effective mission.

As for the book, I have no interest in reading only David's account of this expedition. Like the broader ecological movement it claims to be supporting, this is a story far too complex to be told by one person. Plastiki is a deeply flawed, uncritical effort, despite its overall positive message. David's cheery book is ultimately the story of one person, and I remain completely ambivalent about knowing more about him.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Your general tone seems like sour grapes and to be an attack on David's work, or what is the point of posting all this? I don't see how your comments helps inspire anyone, which is what David is trying to do amongst many other things! You are suggesting the mission could have been "more effective" but surely it succeeded in doing all that was intended? You go on about other expeditions as if this was some sort of competition and that is not the case at all - every individual, every mission, every project, every report that helps raise awareness is of great value! Finally, David's book is in no way just his version of how it all went but includes detailed contributions by the other crew members as well as guest authors.


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pinkdaisy 5 years ago from Canada

I think he has done great things for environmental awareness. I don't know much about his family.

Great read - Voted Up :)


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Pinkdaisy!

Btw, Anonymous, there is wrong info posted in the comments following Amy's article because one person was trying to make out that David had ignored the message they had left for him at Facebook. David does not personally post on the site and what has probably happened is that they have sent word to the fake David de Rothschild on there. This has happened before and causes confusion and annoyance but is nothing to do with the real David. One such incident spilled over onto his Twitter site and he didn't know what was going on until I stepped into the equation and figured out what had happened.


anonymous2? 5 years ago

>>One such incident spilled over onto his Twitter site and he didn't know what was going on until I stepped into the equation and figured out what had happened.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Yes, because David hadn't received the messages sent to him and the fake David obviously hadn't replied. It was a singer who wanted David to watch a video she was on and was asking him what he thought. He didn't know who she was or what she was talking about. She said she had sent emails to him at Facebook and that was when I realised what the problem was. She had been mailing the fake site. The real David is not on there only a fansite I run.


CHERSTARFLOWER 4 years ago

I support david 100% he works very hard with everyone! ecosystems is very inportant for all of us, he gets my vote everytime, i find him a very caring man, who also has feeling just like everyone els, rude comments towards anyone is uncalled for!, best to keep your own house's in order, answer to every question called wisdom, i notice a few on here don't have, he supports and helps great cause's very proud of him.


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Bard of Ely 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your comments and supporting David!


abdel 4 years ago

hello bard


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Bard of Ely 4 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Hello abdel!

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