James Cameron, a Founder of Plant Power Task Force, is an acclaimed filmmaker and explorer. As director, writer and producer, he is responsible for some of the most memorable films of the past three decades: The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, True Lies, Titanic and Avatar. Avatar currently holds both the domestic and worldwide box office records, beating the previous record holder, Cameron’s own film Titanic. His films have earned numerous nominations and awards, most notably Titanic’s record-breaking 14 Academy Award nominations and 11 Oscars including Cameron’s Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing.
Cameron has developed unprecedented deep ocean exploration vehicles and is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and recipient of their most prestigious award, the Hubbard Medal, as well as the Explorer’s Club medal for Explorer of the Year. Most recently, he led his eighth deep ocean expedition setting the world’s solo deep diving record of 35,787’ in the Challenger Deep, a vehicle of his own design. He has also developed cutting-edge 3D camera systems for movies and documentaries, as well as for broadcast sports and special events; he was at the vanguard of the 3D renaissance that has transformed the movie industry in recent years.
Cameron is passionately involved in sustainability issues, having founded the Avatar Alliance Foundation to take action on climate change, energy policy, deforestation, indigenous rights, ocean conservation and animal agriculture. He has campaigned for indigenous peoples in their struggle against encroaching industrialization in Brazil and Canada. His production company, Lightstorm Entertainment, installed a 1-megawatt solar array on the roofs of their soundstages at Manhattan Beach Studios, to offset the power used during the production of the Avatar sequels. Cameron also designed the solar Sun Flower, a sculptural solar array that tracks the sun and is installed at MUSE School. At the Camerons’ farms in Canada and New Zealand, Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, are developing new methods for organic, ecological farming, including planting one of the largest food forests in the world.