#TBT: Last year, President Obama became the first President to visit the Arctic region and see the impact of climate change first-hand. This week, he took historic steps to protect America’s Arctic waters for future generations: go.wh.gov/Arctic
Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has joined forces with Greenpeace International to raise awareness of the environmental plight of the Arctic by giving an iconic performance on a grand piano amid the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean.
Einaudi performed his new composition, ‘Elegy for the Arctic’, on a floating platform in the middle of the Ocean, against the backdrop of the Nordenskiöld glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). He travelled on board Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise on the eve of a significant event for the future of the Arctic: this week’s meeting of the OSPAR Commission, which could secure the first protected area in Arctic international waters.
Einaudi’s new piece was inspired by the beauty of the Arctic and the threats it’s facing. There was not enough ice in the area where he was due to perform – owing to the effects of climate change – so Greenpeace had to build a 2.6 x 10 metre artificial iceberg, made from more than 300 triangles of wood stuck together and weighing a total of nearly two tonnes. A grand piano was then placed on top of the platform. The instrument had travelled from a factory in Germany to the Arctic in the hold of the Arctic Sunrise.
Speaking from the Arctic Sunrise, Ludovico Einaudi said:
“Being here has been a great experience. I could see the purity and fragility of this area with my own eyes and interpret a song I wrote to be played in the best stage in the world. It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it.”
Beluga whales, who look like they belong in the arctic, should stay there. Orlando, Florida, San Diego, California and many other places where these beautiful creatures are held captive, forced to dance for food, cannot replicate the vast ecosystem of the arctic these creatures have spent so much time adapting perfectly to live in.
They resolve that the United States and Canada must and will play a leadership role internationally in the low carbon global economy over the coming decades, including through science-based steps to protect the Arctic and its peoples.
The president recommends more than 12 million acres of the region receive the highest level of protection available for public lands.
The U.S. Department of Interior says it’s the first time it’s recommended additional protections and that their new recommendations have the potential to be one of the largest conservation measures “since Congress passed the visionary Wilderness Act over 50 years ago.”
AN: alright, so this one’s for you thisiswhereifandom!! sorry it took forever. i kept getting carried away. like, really carried away. i had over 10k words of nonsense at one point, and i ended up scrapping all of it. that being said, this is much shorter, but i plan on adding more to it because i’ have some ideas i wanna play with. so, here’s part 1, babe :)
He’s visiting France sometime during
the middle of the Ice Age the first time he meets her.
Bellamy is dressed the part: his hair
is shoulder length after months of dodging his barber, his beard
conquers half of his face, and he’s laden with heavy fur pelts which
he fashioned himself in his native time of 2196. Bellamy traveled
smart; he came prepared.
The girl he notices perched in the
branches of a leafless tree, however, didn’t bother. She’s wearing a
powder blue ski coat, jeans, a knit cap with a pompom at the top, and
a classic Jansport backpack with clunky headphones poking out the pocket. Not exactly Ice Age attire.
HELSINKI - Canadian Inuit leader Sheila Watt-Cloutier was selected Thursday as one of three winners of the 2015 Right Livelihood Awards — the so-called “alternative Nobels.”
The organization cited Watts-Cloutier for her “lifelong work to protect the Inuit of the Arctic and defend their right to maintain their livelihoods and culture, which are acutely threatened by climate change.”
She will share the equivalent of about $475,000 with Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera of Uganda for her struggle for gay rights and sexual minorities, and Italian surgeon Gino Strada for providing medical assistance to victims of war.
Watt-Cloutier, who was born in Kuujjuaq in northern Quebec and was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, is listed as a member of the board of directors with the group Canadians For a New Partnership.
Watt-Cloutier served as president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada from 1995 until 1998 and was the council’s international chairwoman from 2002 until 2006. The ICC represents some 155,000 Inuit in Canada and other northern countries.
Watt-Cloutier’s numerous awards and 13 honorary doctorates include being made an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2006.
She is also the author of a book published earlier this year entitled “The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet.”
The Right Livelihood Awards, announced in Stockholm, were founded in 1980 by Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull.
Through his music, acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic. Einaudi performed one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the middle of the Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway).