This time last year my Summer in the Arctic photography show attracted the attention of hundreds of visitors at the Gladstone Hotel. I can not thank my fans and supporters enough. At Summer in the Arctic my photography reflected on climate change, rare species, endangered species, diminishing populations, beautiful landscapes and shorelines, the decline of local species, proposed roads, mines and shipyards in the remote and historic area of Bathurst Inlet, Nunavut, along the Franklin route. This week holds the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), one of the most important environmental conferences of the 21st Century.
In the past two years alone; smog and massive fossil fuel transporation plans have adversely affected countless lives across the world, raising public safety concerns. In Grassy Narrows, Ontario, First Nations people suffer mercury poisoning from toxins dumped in their river while huge swaths of forest are logged and deforestation in their own traditional territory. Glaciers and ice sheets are melting at a rapid rate, droughts, water shortages, famines and disease outbreaks have occurred, super storms have increased devastating wide regions. Yet renewable energy plans have been made, carbon and biodiversity offsetting policies are being discussed, the Pope has called for environmental justice especially on climate change. Keeping a healthy sustainable climate together has never been so critical.
With healthy nature there are infinite sustainable possibilities, without healthy nature we’d have no desirable life at all.
A portion of the proceeds of Summer in the Arctic went to benefit the Inuit community of Bathurst Inlet, as well as towards WWF-Canada’s Arctic programs and to Ontario Nature for their excursion with Quest Tours to visit Bathurst Inlet in 2015, with contributions from the excursion to benefit the Nature Guardians Youth Program.
You can support your local, provincial, national and international environmental organizations campaigns to protect our natural legacy by donating or putting your name on petitions or through letters to help their causes. Encourage our government to take responsibility for the well-being of local habitats and the environment. If you reduce your use of resources such as fossil fuels or change your approach to resources that contribute to climate change such as preferring to buy locally or being vegetarian you can also help the environment.
Stay tuned, I will add more photos, new locations and sort existing information as this winter unfolds.