On Monday, October 20th, 2014 Pamela Anderson was awarded The Dame of Grand Cross of the most prestigious knighthood title of Constantine Order of Saint George by Prince Cernetic, the hereditary Prince of Montenegro for her courageous contribution to the protection of marine life and the conservation of wildlife.
THE UPCOMING COUNTESS ceremony , JUNE 20-2015
Pamela will be Countessa de Gigli (the Imperial Countess of Giglio) is official Title.
She will also be receiving on Her son's behalf -(while they are in final exams at school - and could not attend)- diplomas of knighthoods - they are both receiving for their consistent efforts to distribute clean water while in Indonesia and in Brazil to schools in São Paulo and Rio - and for Dylan's work in the Faroes - battling the senseless pilot whale slaughter with Sea Shepherd and Brandon's trip to the Arctic with Vivienne Westwood and Greenpeace shooting a documentary - bringing awareness to climate change.
By example they encourage young people to do what they can - when it comes to having passion in philanthropy.
Pamela is also being honored by the Italian Mediterranean Sea Life Association.
The official acceptance of the invitation:
I am honoured and most pleased to accept your invitation to work with the Italian Mediterranean Sealife Association. I would welcome the opportunity to focus awareness on the issues involving sealife in the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean provides us with the challenge of building cooperation between the 23 nations and territories that border this beautiful sea.Whatever I can contribute to protecting the marine ecology of the Mediterranean I would be very pleased to do. Within the context of the media culture we live in, I recognize the unique profile that I have and the opportunity it provides for me to use my celebrity status to speak out for what is really important – for the animals and for the environment. I look forward to this opportunity. Your recognition of my passion for saving lives and working for healthy eco-systems is much appreciated. I wish to do whatever I can to further this important marine conservation agenda and to help build up an international cooperative effort that can make a real difference for the future of our children and grand-children.
Our Sea, Our Life and Our Future
For thousands of years, the Mediterranean was the only real ocean that much of humanity knew. So much of human history emerged from, or sank into the depths of Mediterranean and one empire after another tried to rule it’s waves. The Persians, the Athenians, the Macedonians, the Parthians, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Ottoman Turks, the Crusaders, the Vikings, the Venetians, the Barbary pirates, the Italians and even the land-locked Austrians. The Romans even went so far as to call this great body of water the Mare Nostrum or “Our Sea.” The truth is that no nation has ever controlled the Mediterranean. On the contrary it was the sea that controlled humanity and it continues to do so to this day.
Today 23 different nations or territories border the Mediterranean sea making it the most international of all the world’s seas.
These nations are Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia,Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Montenegro, Malta, Palestinian Territories, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia and Gibraltar. Amongst these nations there is a wide diversity of political, cultural, economic and religious differences, but the one thing that they all have in common is a dependence upon this crucially important body of water. If the Mediterranean dies, so will civilization, as we know it, die along with it. And the Mediterranean is dying. Humanity is slowly strangling the life out of its waters through over-fishing, chemical and plastic pollution, acidification, coral reef destruction, siltification, dead zones from agricultural run-offs and the ravages of climate change. The sea that fed the ancient civilizations and sustained civilization for the past four thousand years or more will soon do so no more. That is, unless we intervene. Unless we make ecologically sane, practical, reasonable and rational decisions to restore and maintain bi-diversity and to clean up the poisons that we have spewed into this sea for far too long. The Mediterranean needs a moratorium on commercial fishing and a complete abolishment of industrialized fishing. Agricultural run-off must be curtailed 100% and the dumping of chemicals, plastic and sewage must be abolished. Tunisia which derives its very name from the unique warm blooded fish called the Bluefin tuna may soon not have a single fish in it’s waters. When I stand upon the shores of this sacred sea I look back and I see the magnificence of human history. I see Anthony and Cleopatra on their galley fleeing the pursing navy of Marcus Agrippa, I see Alexander’s fleet advancing on Egypt, I see Napoleon escaping from Elba, the Knights of St. John’s retreating from Rhodes to Malta and I see the battles of the Barbary Pirates off the coast of Libya. It is a rich and fascinating history. But when I look to the future, like Princess Cassandra did at the bequest of her father King Priam of Troy, I see things we do not want to see, that we refuse to see. Cassandra was gifted with the ability to foretell the future and condemned to have no one believe her. That is where we stand today. The Mediterranean has two possible futures. The first, if we choose to make it possible, is to clean her waters, preserve her bio-diversity and work cooperatively to shepherd life in her depths, to protect the fish beneath, the birds above, and the mammals, plankton, invertebrates and reptiles within.The second vision is darker, far darker, for if we do nothing, the waters will turn from azure blue to sickly green and grey, a stench will permeate the surface and beaches, and life will be choked from the sea through acidification and oxygen deprivation.The great ancient sea, the sea that cradled civilization will die, and when it does all the bordering nations will die with it. I want to say here, that I want to stand with the people who want to protect these waters, not pollute them, with the people who want to preserve life within these waters, not to destroy life for profit. The real treasure that the Mediterranean represents is not the riches to be extracted from it but the richness that it presents as the living heart of the entire Mediterranean eco-system. Yes, there are 23 nations and territories bordering the Mediterranean Sea but the reality is is that there is only one Mediterranean and only one group of people that live around it – a people that despite cultural difference are united by the strongest of bonds and that is the interconnectiveness we all have with each and every living thing that inhabits the Mediterranean basin.For the truth is that they are all citizens of the Mediterranean first and of their respective nations second.
With love and gratitude, Lady Pamela Anderson