| Raincoast Speaker Series:CBC Radio's Bob McDonald: Perspectives on a Planet
|| Tofino May 13, 2013|
Please join the Raincoast Education Society for the final event of the 2012-2013 Raincoast Speaker Series:
CBC Radio's Bob McDonald: Perspectives on a Planet
- When: Monday, May 13th - Doors at 7:30 pm, Talk at 8:00 pm
- Where: Tofino Community Hall
- Cost: $5
The Earth is only one planet in a family of eight circling a fairly average star. Recent findings suggest that all the stars we see in our galaxy likely have planets, which means they are probably very common throughout the universe. Yet, in our great search of the skies, we have yet to come up with another Earth. This illustrated presentation will underline how precious and rare our planet is, a miracle that we are even here.
Bob McDonald is most widely known as the host of CBC Radio's National Science Show: Quirks & Quarks. Bob is one of Canada's best known science journalists, and has been presenting the program since 1992. Bob is also a regular science commentator on CBC News Network, and science correspondent for CBC TV's The National. Bob has been awarded 6 honourary doctorates, and in November 2011, Bob was made an Officer to the Order of Canada.
To learn more about our speaker series, please visit: http://raincoasteducation.org/education-programs/speaker-series
The Raincoast Speaker Series is sponsored in part by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the District of Tofino and Jamie's Whaling Station. Event sponsors for this talk also include The Wickaninnish Inn and Sea Wench Naturals.
-Dan Harrison and Kim Johnston
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|Can you imagine a time in the future when our oceans have become so barren that children playing on the beach wouldn't recognize a fishing rod found buried in the sand?
A communications campaign being launched by the David Suzuki Foundation, in collaboration with Living Oceans Society and Sierra Club of B.C., is asking people to do just that - and to speak up now to help preserve the oceans we love! more at www.healthyoceans.ca
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» The world's rubbish dump: a garbage tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan
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| Earth Week in Tofino
|| April 2013|
Earth Week in Tofino - April 2013
| Raincoast Education Society event
|| April-May 2013|
Please join the Raincoast Education Society for the following upcoming events:
1) Speaker Series: Joe Gaydos - Restoring the Salish Sea
When: Thursday, April 18th, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Ecolodge Classroom in the Tofino Botanical Gardens
Cost: $5 suggested donation
The Salish Sea is a 17,000 square kilometer inland sea shared by British Columbia and Washington State. Home to 37 mammal, 172 bird, 249 fish and well over 3,000 macroinvertebrate species, it is a hotbed of marine biodiversity. Like the Tofino region, it also is faced with challenges like development, marine shipping, climate change and ocean acidification. Joe Gaydos, Chief Scientist for the Sea Doc Society, will present an overview of the way cool creatures of the region and what is being done to restore the ecosystem.
To learn more about our speaker series and upcoming speakers, please visit: http://raincoasteducation.org/education-programs/speaker-series
The Raincoast Speaker Series is sponsored in part by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the District of Tofino and Jamie's Whaling Station. Event sponsors for this talk also include Emerald Forest B&B, Sea Wench Naturals and the Tofino Botanical Gardens.
2) The Brunch for the Birds at the Pointe Restaurant
When: Sunday, April 28th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Salal Room at the Pointe Restaurant, Wickaninnish Inn
You don't need to be a birder to treat yourself to a delicious brunch in support of the Raincoast Education Society and the 16th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival. This event is generously sponsored by the Wickanninish Inn and the Pointe Restaurant with all proceeds supporting Raincoast Education Society programs.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Raincoast Education Society at 725-2560 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(space is limited and this event sells out quickly!)
3) The 16th Annual Tofino Shorebird Festival: May 3-5, 2013.
A complete event schedule as well as a printable PDF can be found at our website
For more information, visit our website (raincoasteducation.org), call (250-725-2560) or email us (email@example.com). We look forward to seeing you at the events.
| Chris Darimont:Relationships among carnivores, salmon and people in the Great Bear Rainforest
|| Tofino Botanical Gardens, April 5, 2013|
Chris Darimont: Sharing the Wealth - Relationships among carnivores, salmon and people in the Great Bear Rainforest
- When: Friday, April 5, 2013, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Where: Ecolodge Classroom in the Tofino Botanical Gardens
- Cost: $5 suggested donation
The Great Bear Rainforest, on BC's central and north coast, is blessed with one of the last strongholds of wild Pacific salmon on the planet. Each year, this predictable, safe, and nutritious resource becomes available to carnivores, like grizzly bears, black bears and wolves, who in turn make the remains available to most other life in salmon-bearing watersheds. Salmon also remains important to people. These fish in part spawned large and resilient societies of our coast's indigenous people over millennia. More recently, salmon also support commerical and sports-fishing industries. In an era of dwindling runs and an uncertain future, how can this silvery wealth of the coast be shared among all these recipients? Chris Darimont will ask this question and bring to life the research of his group and his colleagues.
Chris Darimont is a professor in the Geography Department at UVic and directs science for the Raincoast Conservation Foundation (raincoast.org). He has worked in the Great Bear Rainforest and with its people since 1999. As an award-winning author, subject of several documentary films and educator, he takes great delight in speaking to, and with, people of our precious BC coast.
To learn more about our speaker series and upcoming speakers, please vsist: http://raincoasteducation.org/education-programs/speaker-series
The Raincoast Speaker Series is sponsored in part by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the District of Tofino and Jamie's Whaling Station. Event sponsors for this talk also include Pacific Sands Beach Resort, Sea Wench Naturals and the Tofino Botanical Gardens.
For more information, visit our website (http://raincoasteducation.org/), call (250-725-2560) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to seeing you at the event. Poster attached.
-Dan Harrison and Kim Johnston
| Ken Denman: Ocean Acidification and the Effects on Marine Ecosystems
|| Tofino Botanical Gardens, March 7th|
Please join the Raincoast Education Society for the fourth event of the 2012-2013 Raincoast Speaker Series:
Ken Denman: Ocean Acidification and the Effects on Marine Ecosystems
- When: Thursday, March 7th, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Where: Ecolodge Classroom, Tofino Botanical Gardens
- Cost: $5 suggested donation
Since the Industrial Revolution humans have added almost 1400 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, primarily from burning fossil fuels. The amount of this carbon dioxide remaining in the atmosphere has increasing the total concentration by over 1/3, from about 280 parts per million (ppm) to over 390 ppm. The increase in this and other greenhouse gases from human activities is changing the climate. Over 40% of this 'new' carbon dioxide has ended up in the ocean, causing the surface ocean to become more acidic. In response to changes in climate and in ocean acidification, marine ecosystems are changing in various ways. We will look at observed and expected changes in the ocean off the west coast of Canada and at potential impacts on local marine ecosystems.
Ken Denman is a Professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria and Chief Scientist for the Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS) [venus.uvic.ca]. His main scientific interest is understanding how marine ecosystems will respond to climate change. He has been a Chapter Coordinator for the Second (1996) and Fourth (2007) Assessments of Climate Change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
To learn more about our speaker series and upcoming speakers, please vsist:http://raincoasteducation.org/education-programs/speaker-series
The Raincoast Speaker Series is sponsored in part by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the District of Tofino and Jamie's Whaling Station. Event sponsors for this talk also include Middle Beach Lodge, Sea Wench Naturals and the Tofino Botanical Gardens.
For more info:
Dan and KIm
Raincoast Education Society
PO Box 815
Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
| Once in 15,000 Years: A critical look at Enbridge's risk analysis
|| Tofino - Nov 29, 2012|
||Please join the Raincoast Education Society for the second presentation of our 2012-2013 Raincoast Speaker Series:
Once in 15,000 Years: A critical look at Enbridge's risk analysis with Brian Falconer
Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre, Tofino Thursday, November 29th, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Please join Brian Falconer and the Raincoast Education Society for the second event of the 2012-
2013 Raincoast Speaker Series. Brian Falconer is the Raincoast Conservation Foundation's Director
of Marine Operations and a licensed maritime captain whose 35+ years navigating the B.C. and Alaskan
coasts make him uniquely qualified to address and discuss the threats of oil tankers along the
coast. Brian's talk will focus on the science behind his risk analysis of the proposed northern gateway
pipeline, which addresses Enbridge's claim that the chance of a major spill occurring on the coast
from giant oil tankers would be “once in 15,000 years”.
The Raincoast Speaker Series is supported by the District of Tofino, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, Jamie's Whaling Station, and Ocean Village.
For more info:
Dan and KIm
Raincoast Education Society
PO Box 815
Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
| Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival [free Workshops]
|| Tofino, Sept 22, 2012|
Please join the Raincoast Education Society THIS SATURDAY for the Raincoast Re-Skilling Festival in Tofino!
When: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Where: TOFINO BOTANICAL GARDENS, 1084 Pacific Rim Hwy.
Workshops (No Registration Required):
- 10:00 am - 10:30 am: Composting (Louise Rogers)
- 10:30 am - 11:00 am: Raising Chickens (George Patterson)
- 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Cedar Weaving (Mary Martin)
- 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Traditional Foods (John Rampanen)
- 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Preparing Shellfish (Bobby Lax)
- 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Wood Gas Camping Stoves (Dan Harrison)
- 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Relaxation Skills (Skye Ketilson & Coastal Bliss)
- 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Canning (April Robson)
- 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Clothing Repair (Sairaa Thornton)
- 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Bee Keeping (Dylan Green)
- 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Wooden Bow Making (Dan Law)
- 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Garlic Farming (Josie Osborne)
- 5:00 pm - 5:15 pm: Shaving Horse Construction (Phil Reimers)
Booths: (Where businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs will have information related to important skills and trades).
TOF Cycles , Osa Craft, Coastal Community Credit Union, Green Soul Organics, and Coastal Family Resource Coalition.
*The Tofino Re-Skilling Festival will have a Children's Corner where games and activities will be available for kids to give parents the opportunity to attend workshops. The Children's Corner will be open from 10am - 5:30pm
We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Raincoast Education Society
PO Box 815
Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
| An Evening With Wolves - Tofino and Ucluelet Public Lectures
|| March 27 & 28, 2012 |
Please join the Raincoast Education Society for a captivating and interactive evening with wolf educator Gary Allan and his pet wolf Tundra. Due to recent wolf activity in the region we have received increased interest about this talk and are, therefore, offering presentations in both Tofino and Ucluelet. The evening will include a presentation by Gary and Tundra focused on wolf behavior (e.g., pack dynamics, predation, mating and reproduction), wolf conservation issues in BC as well as cultural and mythical perceptions of wolves. Following the presentation, Gary will be available for questions and everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to meet Tundra the wolf. See information below:
- Date : Tuesday, March 27th
- Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
- Location: Ecolodge Classroom at the Tofino Botanical Gardens, 1084 Pacific Rim Hwy., Tofino
- Admission: By Donation
- Date : Wednesday, March 28th
- Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
- Location: Ucluelet Community Centre, 500 Matterson Dr., Ucluelet
- Admission: By Donation
Event Sponsors: Raincoast Education Society, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Jamie's Whaling Station, Ocean Village Resort, Tofino Botanical Gardens Foundation, Ucluelet Community Centre
For more information - 250-725-2560 www.raincoasteducation.org
| If by Sea:a collection of art celebrating our oceans & coastlines
|| March 28, 2012|
Waters Edge Project - Event @ Habitat Coffee, Pandora Ave, Vic
We will screen a few local short movies and will have the trailer of what will be the "The waters Edge" movie.
Some amazing prints from Local photogs:Dean Azim, Jeremy Koreski and our friends Chris Hannant and Sachi Cunninghan were also donnated to be auctioned in the days event.
Chris Hannant is working on the video Preview and as a very talented photog/filmaker the documentary will be totally on what we have done,are doing and will do in the next visit to Barra.
Surfing is definetly part of it,but more than that are the actions that the waters edge is taking into making the project a big success.
The involvement of all local artists, surfrider foundation,many sponsors and local communites from Canada are the reason why we are making tons of progress.
In the next few weeks we will have a blog and a new website that will be updated with all info about the waters edge.
We will also have during our trip to Mex an everyday diary that will show our actions and moves during our next visit to Barra.
Carol-Anne Thacker will be our blogger.With a lot of experience in social media and writing,Carol Anne will pass to all waters edge fans and internet friends what is happening day by day in the community of Barra. Photos will come along with words to get people more involved and aware of what is being done. From your computer screen it will be almost like you are there with us.
The Waters Edge Project - Water bottles
Like, support, join the waters edge project.
We are working on making a lot of changes in our next visit.
All projects that are done with the community of Barra, do have the approval of the comunity.
We are making sure we can make a difference, but we are also doing according to the community needs.
The waters Edge has an unique focus,but with our friends,sponsors,supporters we are sure to get much further.
Check our blog and follow please. http://watersedgeproject.wordpress.com/
Greetings! Drew Kampion [www.drewkampion.com] here, with a question:Do you remember a time before plastic?
Gerry Lopez does; his recollection is below, and I'm hoping you have a before-and-after story in you, too.
Do you remember when you walked the high-tide line collecting puka shells, bits of glass or maybe even a glass float, twisted sea-smoothed pieces of wood ... all that magical detritus. And then one day you were noticing pieces of plastic lacing that ocean margin - chunks of Styrofoam, frayed lengths of colorful plastic rope, "disposable" lighters, you name it. This was a different kind of detritus, and something in us knew that something important had changed, and something inside of us changed, too, seeing that plastic pollution there on the beach.
Please, read Gerry's story, and, after you do, I'm hoping you'll be inspired to write an account of your own experiences of the coming of the age of plastic pollution.
We're looking for your personal before-and-after story - a glimpse into how your world was before plastic and how you first came to realize that something big had changed. Can be long, can be short, must be true.
- Email your stories to: email@example.com
- Take the pledge to REFUSE single-use plastics - plasticpollutioncoalition.org
- Join the Plastic Pollution Coalition - plasticpollutioncoalition.org
Like Gerry's, your story could end up on the Patagonia website or in one of their catalogs, or somewhere else where the folks at the Plastic Pollution Coalition can imagine your story having the best possible impact on the global awareness of this extremely toxic and destructive plague that is threatening to overwhelm much of life on Earth.
You never know. Maybe it will be your story that inspires someone to make the small changes in their lives that will create the ripple effect that kicks off a sea change that leads to the paradigm shift that must happen, for the sake of us all. You never know, so ... go for it!
What a Mess
By Gerry Lopez
I spent a lot of time surfing a spot in Indonesia called G-Land. Remotely located on the edge of the Alas Purwo National Park on the southeastern tip of Java, it was, relatively speaking, far from civilization. Actually, as the Indonesian sea-eagle flies, it was only about 15 kilometers from the nearest village but with the terrain and local inhabitants in between, it might as well have been a million miles. Residents of that area included the Java Tiger, herds of wild boars, the Indonesian Wild Water Buffalo, the Komodo Dragon, more deadly snakes than one could shake a stick at ... well, I often wondered what I was doing out there with no more protection that a few surfboards. In the mid to late 1970's, we were permitted to build a temporary camp with some bamboo tree houses and a shack to cook in. The lack of human presence made the beaches, the only area we frequented, absolutely pristine. We brought our drinking water in glass bottles, the only containers available at that time. We dug latrines out in the jungle and burned all our garbage. When the coming of the monsoons heralded the end of the surf season, we left.
When we returned the next year, it was like no one had ever been there. One time, we discovered a mound of rubber slippers in a little nook of one of the rocky sections along the shore. Except for some broken pieces of wood that could have been part of a boat or some huge teak log with sawn ends, there was nothing else to indicate the hand of man. The wood we salvaged to use for our camp and the slippers came in handy to walk out on the exposed reef if we got too impatient to wait for the high tide to come in. I remember how, back in Bali, instead of using tape to secure a package, tied coconut leaves or vines served the purpose. The natural functioning and simplicity of the G-Land camping made me endeavor to leave as few as tracks and as small a wake as possible, in a figurative way of living.
We enjoyed that simplistic surf camp lifestyle for about 3 more seasons. Then one year, the water came in plastic bottles, not the glass ones anymore. In the ferry towns of Banyuwangi and Gilimanuk on the Bali side, we noticed that food sold to those awaiting the ferries, previously wrapped in banana leaf, now came in plastic bags. When we got to the fishing village of Grajagan, we saw the shoreline littered with plastic garbage. A fishing boat dropped us ashore on the far side of the bay and, at first, it looked as though the area around our surf camp was as devoid of humanity as ever. Later on, when we walked further up the beach to paddle out to the break, where the high tide swirled the flotsam and jetsam, we hung our heads in shame. By nautical definition, flotsam is the floating wreckage or cargo of a ship; jetsam is something jettisoned to lighten a ship's load. Either would seem to have a place washed ashore on this Robinson Crusoe-like beach but what we found was neither. Instead, it was simply trash, almost entirely of plastic packaging of some sort. Clear or colored, somehow it seemed infinitely more dirty and unwelcome than the rubber slippers from season's past. When we asked our camp boys to help us gather this rubbish and burn it, they looked at us as if we had completely lost our minds.
The splendid waves of G-Land never seemed to change and we enjoyed surfing them over the next 20 years. It was a surf paradise beyond compare. And it opened my eyes to how quickly an absolutely pristine, totally natural place can become a mess. Plastic is a problem for all of us. It creates toxic pollution during its manufacture, use and disposal. Recycling is not a solution, every bit of plastic made, still exists. Join the Plastic Pollution Coalition and learn about this epidemic. Maybe it's not too late.
© Gerry Lopez, 2011
Interested in the issue of Cosmetic Use of Pesticides & Herbicides across B.C.? Let your voice be heard!
Submit comments to the Special Legislative Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides - it's easy, just fill out a form or submit comments at https://www.leg.bc.ca/pesticidescommittee/learn.htm
Deadline: Friday, December 16th
For several years, the Canadian Cancer Society and its partners have been advocating for strong, province-wide restrictions on the sale or use of pesticides for non-essential purposes. They state that "pesticides have been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, adult and childhood leukemia, brain, kidney, pancreatic, prostate, and some lung cancers, and studies show the children are more vulnerable". Others argue that the science supporting these claims is weak, and that “the approval system for pesticides uses a precautionary approach that provides a stringent standard of protection to human health and the environment – before a pesticide is allowed to be used or sold in Canada, it must undergo a rigorous scientific assessment process which provides reasonable certainty that no harm will occur when pesticides are used according to label directions.”
The Association of Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds is a non-profit charitable organization aimed at promoting the stewardship of wetlands - bogs, ponds, swamps, marshes and the fringes of large lakes, and the life that these places support. Such life includes microorganisms, special plants, fish, frogs, salamanders, birds, small mammals, and indirectly, humans, of course. Hishuk ish t'sawalk: everything is connected, everything is one. We recommend stopping the use of cosmetic pesticides for many reasons, and especially because it seems people don't always read label directions. Most pesticide product labels state: "do not use near water". Yet, wildlife toxicology studies show that commonly used house and garden pesticides sometimes reach streams and wetlands where they kill fish, cause deformities in frogs and salamanders, and upset the ecosystem. We need to be considerably more cautious than we have been in the past. True precautionary action is to stop the use of pesticides for non-essential cosmetic purposes. We can still use pesticides when necessary to promote ecosystem health and human safety, such as the eradication of invasive species or human diseases, but only after the risks have been weighed. We encourage all levels of government to support research and development of safer alternatives.
The District of Tofino and 35 other municipalities across B.C. have adopted bylaws to ban the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes. The government is considering Province-wide legislation. They are accepting input until Friday December 16th.
Association of Wetland Stewards for Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds
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Raincoast Education Society
PO Box 815
Tofino BC V0R 2Z0
You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/RaincoastEducation
Photo album: http://picasaweb.google.com/raincoasteducation
| Sitka and Pacific Wild Release Online ‘Tipping Barrels’ a film by Ben Gulliver
Victoria, BC Canada Sitka and Pacific Wild, a non-profit conservation organization, are excited about the release of ‘Tipping Barrels’ a film by Ben Gulliver. ‘Tipping Barrels’ is a unique combination of surfing and environmental journalism that follows surfers Arran and Reid Jackson on a trip into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where they learn more about the region and the issues confronting it.
The main issue presented in the film is Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline, which would pump crude oil from Alberta to Kitimat, on the North Coast of British Columbia. Here it would be loaded onto super tankers bound for markets in Asia and the U.S. Over 225 super tankers a year would transit the narrow waterways that make up the Great Bear Rainforest, putting one of the Earth’s most ecologically sensitive and intact ecosystems at risk of an oil spill.
The video accompanies other efforts by Sitka to bring awareness to the proposed pipeline, such as donating the profits from past clothing designs and an upcoming t-shirt designed with Stan Robinson to the efforts against the proposal. Sitka also recently held a fundraiser in their Victoria shop with photos by Ian McAllister, Thomas Peschak and Michael Reid displayed as part of a silent auction. There will be a similar event in Sitka’s Vancouver store soon.
Sitka and Pacific Wild stand together with First Nations groups and thousands of concerned citizens, in the effort to keep the Great Bear Rainforest oil tanker free. They invite everyone concerned about the future of B.C.’s coast to watch the film and help spread the word. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through Tides Canada at http://tidescanada.org/support/pacific-wild/.
| OceanGybe Presentations around Victoria/Vancouver
|| Oct-Nov, 2009|
For all of you who are around Vancouver/Victoria, BC, Canada; the OceanGybe crew will be doing a series of public events to help spread our message of plastic pollution in our oceans and raise funds for a western Canada high/junior school tour in the Fall '10. These have been long promised and now they are coming !
An introduction to OceanGybe:
The OceanGybe Expedition is a global sustainable sailing expedition to explore the remote coastlines of the world, in search of adventure and garbage. Our goal is to bring awareness to the vast tracts of undocumented ocean pollution that afflicts every coastline and affects the peoples who depend on them for survival. Over the past two years, Hugh Patterson, Ryan and Bryson Robertson have been sailing around the world documenting the polluted state of our oceans and the isolated beaches due to plastic and other detritus. They have sailed some 45 000 ocean km, visited almost 30 different countries, crossed the three major oceans of the world and presented their findings and ocean conservation message to thousands of school children globally.
Details for Vancouver/Victoria below:
On Nov 4th, we will be in Victoria at the Sitka Surfboards Store (538 Yates Str), and Lucky Bar. The show starts at 6pm at Sitka, where we will be doing a slideshow, auction and meet/greet. This is also the Sitka Customer Appreciation Evening, so good to deals to be found on everything! At 8pm we will be wandering over to Lucky Bar for the OceanGybe Presentation part of the evening. At 10pm , we will slowly slide from the spotlight and the premier of "Modern Collective" will begin. Modern Collective is a new Taylor Steele globe-trotting movie event. Tickets are $10 and available from Sitka, or at the door; includes access to Canadian "Modern Collective" Premier.
Also at each show, we will be auctioning off a Sitka Surfboard and Clothing pack (www.sitkasurfboards.com), a Globe clothing pack (www.globe.tv), a Livity Clothing Pack (www.livity.org), a week of sailing on SV Khulula (www.oceangybe.com) and a series of incredible beautiful pictures from all over the world ! All proceeds will help fund a Western Canada junior/high school tour in the Fall ’10.
Come to learn, come to look, come to listen, come to have a good time...
| OceanGybe Update: August 2010
OceanGybe Update: August 2010
VICTORIA: In the summer of 2007 three UVic grads began their dream of a three-year circumnavigation of the globe with an aim of raising awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans. It’s been a voyage of exploration, research, education, and epic surfing. Their dream to circumnavigate the globe to document the state of the oceans and beaches they visit, while searching out all the best waves has become reality.
On Monday, July 18th the OceanGybe Expedition will but throwing off dock lines and heading out to The Great Pacific vortex of plastic, and finally home to British Columbia, a blue water journey of approximately 5 000km. In conjunction with the Algulita Foundation, the crew will be performing surface manta trawls, visual observations, and underwater photography/film of the Eastern Garbage Patch. All samples taken and the data recorded will be used by the Algulita Foundation, The 5 Gyres Project researchers, Scripps Institute of Oceanography students and the Surfrider Foundation to update current models detailing the extent of the plastic scourge in this portion of the gyre.
This portion of the expedition will be documented by Victoria filmmaker Arwen Hunter of Gamut Productions, who is producing a web series and documentary of the entire expedition in collaboration with Oak Bay Johnny Productions. The webisode series will be launching along with a fresh new website August 1st.
Over the past 6 months, the OceanGybe Expedition has sailed the pacific coast from the Panama Canal to San Diego, meeting with NGO’s (The Surfrider Foundation, Coastkeeper, Paso Pacifico, Terra Nosta, AGI Surf), giving their presentation on ocean pollution to over 1100 students and were the "stars" of a three-part investigative documentary aired on National Costa Rican television.
For more details about the OceanGybe Expedition, our garbage research or collaboration ideas, please contact us or visitwww.oceangybe.com for more information.
View the trailer online at www.youtube.com/oceangybe
OceanGybe is a global sailing expedition to explore the remote coastlines of the world, in search of
garbage, adventure and ocean waves. We aspire to bring awareness to the vast tracts of undocumented
ocean pollution that afflicts these coastlines and affects the peoples who depend on them for survival. It
is an expedition to promote change. Change in both the direction of this great planet, towards a more
sustainable and aware future, but also in ourselves.
- Hugh Patterson, Bryson Robertson and Ryan Robertson
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