I have been so fortunate in the past year to meet some very talented people within the art community. These people have led me to discover many projects, films and collaborations. A large part of spreading the word on something as good as being great to our planet is communication.
The minute I heard a friend of mine, Joe Schweers, was off on a cinematographer’s adventure on the islands of Midway, I couldn’t wait to investigate and share on my blog. As I mentioned earlier on in the challenge, I’ve seen some good documentaries about the Earth. There are tons to watch, and there is one special one in the works currently that couldn’t be more perfect to mention here.
Midway Atoll is a remote and isolated island near Hawaii. Midway is commonly known for the Battle of Midway during the Second World War fought on June 4 – 6, 1942. As its name describes, it lies almost halfway between Asia and North America. Midway is home to 70% of the world’s albatross population. Unfortunately, Midway is located amidst the Pacific Garbage Patch, which is exactly how it sounds. This is where all of our so-called-recycled plastic ends up when it doesn’t actually get recycled. These beaches are becoming absolutely littered with plastic debris and other toxic materials, leading to serious detriment for the wildlife that call Midway home.
Again – touching on the bottled water subject: Just don’t do it. I don’t know how else to say it. This plastic is causing thousands of animals to suffer, on top of the toxicity that’s caused by the plants anyway. Bottled water is a starting point, next comes ditching the soft drink bottles and all the disposable plastics we use everyday. This is totally possible.
From the Midway Journey website: Following Chris Jordan’s expeditions to Midway and the lifecycle of the Albatross, “Midway” is more than just a documentary or a film about wildlife at risk. “Midway” brings us an opportunity for us to look at our world in close-up, to see how our lives are impacting the planet, and to find new approaches to moving forward. Production of the feature film “Midway” continues through 2011.
A group of very creative minds has come together to work on spreading the word on our effects on the Earth that we do not see on a daily basis. These accumulations at the middle of ocean are not repercussions that we are seeing every day, and this is why I see this as such a valuable project to help others see, and change how we consume for the better, for the future.
Chris Jordan, the producer and director, is a visual artist and cultural activist.
Ian Hinkle, the producer, is a documentary filmmaker focused on environmental issues.
Jan Vozenilek, the director of photography, is a cinematographer and photographer. He has worked on several documentaries and films worldwide.
Joe Schweers, cinematographer, is a cinematographer as well an as editor with an incredible ability to express himself visually. He is a valuable addition to Amazing Factory Productions Inc and has worked for a while now making music videos, commercials and shorts. Joe is my connection to this project here in Vancouver and he is well on his way to spreading the word here.
Victoria Sloan Jordan, the production coordinator, is currently working with Chris Jordan on creating a collection of photographs and poems reflecting the experience in Midway.
Kris Krug, camera, concentrates on his photography as well as other participation in technology and digital landscape. He is interested in shifting copyright standards and the utilization of technology in terms of the spread of artwork.
Emily Chartrand, student outreach, is a 17-year-old-awesome-environmental activist. (The most important kind, because they help spread the word to future consumers) She is a founding member of Plastic Free Penticton.
Each of these people has a special role in contributing to the communication of the cause. Take a second to look at their personal websites as well as all of the Midway Journey media.
I am inspired that these people have joined together to make a difference in not only their own lives but to share it with others. These birds are surrounded by plastic, and they are eating it to survive. Midway represents a much larger issue that is at hand. These people that are involved are making sure to not simply enter this sacred habitat with all their gear and technology, but to connect with the issues at hand with the goal of connecting with a greater audience.
You can follow their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Midway-Journey/117981432917
You can also donate here: www.chrisjordan.com/donate.php
On many of these sites you can follow their photos, their individual posts and see what they are encountering every day.
And most importantly, TELL YOUR FRIENDS. Take photos of how you are making a difference, start a blog. Anything! Start your own challenges in your cities, classrooms, yoga studios and staff rooms.