Over the past six years, I had the opportunity to travel with Greenpeace on a number of expeditions to document the work the organisation has been involved in, exposing threats to the environment on a global scale.
Apart from covering breaking news stories of direct actions, I had the opportunity to also produce, shoot and edit short film portraits of the people on the front line.
ARCTIC RETREAT (2011)
The shrinking and receding sea ice has dire consequences. First, as the white ice that normally reflects sunlight away from Earth melts, more of the dark open water of the Arctic Ocean is is exposed, absorbing heat and causing more ice to melt. This is a positive feedback loop where ice melt causes more ice to melt. Second, distinctive Arctic species such as the polar bear, walrus and ice seals depend on the sea ice; so as the sea ice shrinks and thins, these animals’ continued existence is jeopardized, as are the Arctic peoples whose cultures and ways of life have depended on the animals and the ice for millenia.
MELTING VITRUVIAN MAN (2011)
American artist John Quigley draws Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous sketch of the Vitruvian Man on the Arctic’s sea ice to highlight the urgent need for action on climate change.
Victor tells the story of how oil companies ended up trying to drill in the North Sea and the Arctic – and how he ended up trying to stop them. Filmed during the 2010 ‘Go Beyond Oil’ Greenpeace campaign. Drawings by deckhand/activist Jono Emms.
Sim McKenna – climber and Greenpeace activist – prepares to occupy the Stena Don oil rig during the 2010 ‘Go Beyond Oil’ campaign, as it drills in the deep waters of the Arctic. Hear how his time in the Gulf of Mexico after BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster has helped drive him to take action in the Arctic.
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