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Using photography to teach environmental education

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I haven’t had a chance to post on here in a while, but there’s a great reason why. I’ve been really busy working on a BIG project. One that involves photography, but in a different way.

I recently opened up my own environmental education organization Biosphere Environmental Education. And within it, I’ve created a unique environmental education program. It’s called the Youth Environmental Ambassadors Program or the YEAP.

What does the YEAP do?

Well, we’re just starting out, but our program will take kids on expeditions around the world, to experience nature first hand, to see its beauty, understand how it works and how valuable they are. They’ll learn about the human impacts on it and what their generation can do to reduce those impacts.

Our program is different than other environmental education programs out there. It uses photography and videography to teach environmental ed. We’ll be teaching high school students how to shoot and edit photos and videos with impact. They’ll be documenting the environments that we’ll be experiencing, what’s unique about them, what’s beautiful about them, what’s valuable about them and what the human impacts are on them. And then we’ll teach them how to use those stills and video to put together stunning visual presentations that they’ll give to their schools, their clubs, their communities and most of all, their peers. So, we’ll be teaching them how to become environmental ambassadors, sharing their own messages about the environment and how we need to make changes to lessen the human impacts on it.

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Our mission…. is to mentor a new generation of leaders, innovators, and world citizens who believe that the long term health of earth’s environments is at least as important as profits and development, and who will guide their generation toward a sustainable way of living.

We’ve been given a golden opportunity. We’re collaborating with a fantastic organization called Students On Ice. They’re an award-winning organization that runs youth expeditions to the arctic and antarctic. They’ve been doing this for 14 years and have taken over 2,000 kids on these expeditions.

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Students On Ice has provided us with the opportunity to launch our Youth Environmental Ambassadors Program on their July 2014 expedition to the arctic. We’re so excited about this! But the expedition is expensive. It’ll cost over $10,000 each, for me an my co-teacher to be on that expedition, delivering our program. And so we’ve created an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign to raise the money we need to be on that expedition.

We would love your support! Click HERE to visit our funding campaign. Watch the video that tells you what we are doing. And then click on one of the ‘perks’ to donate. We have funding levels from $20 all the way up to $2500. Each and every dollar matters!

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We really need your support. If you can donate to our campaign, we’d be extremely grateful. And we’d also love it if you could share the link to our campaign with your friends – either by clicking on one of the social media buttons on our campaign website. Or sharing this post. Or emailing your friends directly.

Our campaign will be running for another 38 days. We’d love your support. Visit our campaign website and let us know what you think.

As many of you are fellow photographers, I hope you can see how using photography and videography to teach environmental education, can provide a new way to interest and motivate youth to learn about our environment and to take action to be the generation that does something big about the human impacts on it.

Thanks so much for your support!

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In The Footsteps of Abraham – an important piece of history

Today’s post is diverging from the norm. I wanted to devote some blog space to showcasing a project that a good friend of mine, France Rivet at Polar Horizons, is pursuing. France is passionate about the earth’s polar regions. This passion led her to uncover a partially-told piece of history about the fate of some of Canada’s Inuit, long, long ago. The tale is a tragic one, but one that is incomplete. The final chapter is about to be written….

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In the mid to late 1800’s, ethnological exhibitions also known as human zoos, were popular in Europe. Sadly, people that were considered ‘exotic’ such as native peopleĀ of northern Europe, North America, and Africa were brought to zoos in Europe and exhibited a curiosities and often considered as different species. Human zoos are a sad, but very real part of human history.

The adventure of Abraham Ulrikab and his family is one such story. Abraham, was an Inuit from Labrador, Canada. He and his family accompanied another Inuit family to Europe in the 1880’s, to be exhibited in human zoos. But because they had never been exposed to the diseases of Europeans and because they were not vaccinated against them, Abraham and his colleagues contracted smallpox not long after their arrival in Europe. One by one, they succumbed to the disease.

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Most of the individuals in this sad tale died in Paris yet little is known about the events leading up to their deaths or what happened to them after they died.

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My friend, France Rivet is researching the fate of these Inuit in Paris to write the final chapter of this story that began over 100 years ago. She has already been to Paris once to follow up on leads that tell us something about the Inuit’s final days in Paris. But it is just the tip of the iceberg and there is more research to be done.

France is currently raising funds through a crowd-funding project that will allow her to go back to Paris to uncover the story of the final days of these Inuit from Labrador. The story leading up to those final days in Paris is masterfully told in her video which sets the stage for her current research.

To understand the research left to be done, click on the link below to hear France describe her upcoming research.

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It’s a fantastic story and an incredible piece of world history. The time has come for the final chapter in this story to be written. Please consider supporting France’s research to bring home the story of the final days of these two Inuit families from Labrador, Canada.

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