Australia Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve

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Australia Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve – Images by Art Wolfe

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s great natural wonders & now it is going to be part of the largest marine park encompassing 1.2 million sq miles of ocean surrounding the continent. In this age of economic peril, it is such good news to hear of a preservation of our planet of this proportion.

There are a ton of articles out there on it. Here are a few links to follow:

The official Government site on this Marine region:
http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/#right-aside

The Daily Mail article has a map.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Other news feeds:
CNN
CS Monitor

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Cargotecture Winner!

HyBrid wins competition for container camping!

I was asked to be part of the judging of the King County Parks container camping structure competition.

Architecture firm, HyBrid, was recently named the winner of a competition sponsored by the King County Parks department to create a camping structure from re-purposed cargo containers. The 8’x24′ structure incorporates recycled glazing and mess kitchen and can accommodate up to 6 overnight guest. Funding is secured for the prototype unit and should be camp ready by Summer 2012.

Visitors to King County’s Tolt-MacDonald Park will be able to spend the night in a comfortable and ecologically sound camping structure – thanks to the creative vein tapped by King County Parks’ Little Footprint/Big Forest contest.

The challenge given to designers was to create an overnight camping structure from a used cargo shipping container that could be placed in select areas of King County Parks’ 26,000 acres of open space.

The winning design – selected from 12 entries by a panel of judges that included King County Executive Dow Constantine, plus architectural and sustainability experts.

“Re-Tain” features an adaptable floor plan complete with queen-sized bunk beds, a table that can be moved outside for more floor space inside, and a multi-purpose mess cabinet made from recycled and reclaimed materials that allows for use from inside and outside the structure.

See the winning design and other entries at:
http://www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/partners/littlefootprint.aspx
“The contest provided us with an exciting and replicable design, and we hope to install these camping structures at appropriate sites within our open space areas,” said King County Parks Division Director Kevin Brown. “I want to thank the judges for their thoughtful analysis of all the entries.”

Design competition judges said they were impressed with the overall design concepts and the creative approach to the second use of storage containers.

“King County is home to wonderful parks and outdoor experiences, and the Little Footprint, Big Forest contest shows that we have the creativity to meet the challenge of preserving our environment and adopting sustainable practices,” said judge Andy Wappler.

Here are some links for further information:

http://www.hybridarc.com

http://www.cargotecture.com/

http://www.king5.com/on-tv/evening-magazine

http://seattlemag.com/article/reuse-recyle-retreat

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Garden for Wildlife Month

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Art’s Yard – Images by Art Wolfe

May is Garden for Wildlife Month!

Get your yard certified as wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. Mine is!

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Earth Day 2012 Mobilize the Earth!

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BLOG: Earth Day, April 22, 2012 – Images by Art Wolfe

  • Plant a garden at home or school
  • Eliminate use of pesticides and toxic cleaning products
  • Eat more local food
  • Pick up trash
  • Always use reusable bags when shopping

Pledge your Act of Green at
http://www.earthday.org/2012

And if you like baseball & live in Seattle, Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy) and the Mariners are teaming up.
For every ticket purchased through mariners.com/forterra, the Mariners will plant a tree and donate $2 to Forterra!
http://www.forterra.org/get_involved/knock_one_out_of_the_park_for_nature

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World Water Day March 22, 2012


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BLOG: World Water Day – Images by Art Wolfe

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/

PDF BROCHURE

If you are interested in exploring the subject further, check out the iLCP’s award-winning beautiful book on the freshwater ecosystems of the world: http://www.ilcp.com/publications/fresh-water-the-essence-of-life#

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Conservation Photography Education

Witness: Defining Conservation Photography Feature from Neil Ever Osborne on Vimeo.

Fleming College and the Royal Ontario Museum are teaming up with photographer/educator Neil Ever Osborne to offer a degree program in Environmental Visual Communications. This program is designed as a blend of environmental science skills and the ability to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences.

http://flemingcollege.ca/programs/environmental-visual-communication

If you are passionate about our planet and want to develop your career in getting this message out visually and effectively, then explore this unique program.
Conservation photography has grown into a effective means of education and change. The work that is being done now to illuminate the concerns of our planet is being done by committed people that grew this idea out of the ground. Organizations like iLCP support this important work.

Watch this video to learn where these ideas come from and the people that are teaching us about the work we all share as stewards of the Earth.


Support a Conservation Photography Project here:
http://www.blueearth.org/projects

Neil Ever Osborne:
http://www.neileverosborne.com/

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Orion MagazineJanuary-February 2012 Edition

 

Well, here is a good way to kick off the new year.  The January-February 2012 issue of Orion Magazine has a photograph of mine on the cover.

If you haven’t experienced this great publication, dive in.

Orion’s mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.

>>CLICK HERE to visit Orion Magazine

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International Conservation Photography Awards

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An Invitation from Art Wolfe

The 2012 International Conservation Photography Awards (ICPA) are under way today, December 1, 2011. Submissions are now being accepted until February 29, 2012.

This Photography Awards program was conceived and started by Art Wolfe. Watch and listen to his invitation and consider submitting your work and contributing to this showcase program for conservation.

“An event for the advancement of photography as a unique medium capable of bringing awareness and preservation to our environment through art.” – Art Wolfe

>>CLICK HERE to go to the ICPA Website for more information and to learn how you can submit your work. View the 2010 ICPA Gallery to see last years winners.

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Philip Hyde: Messages from the Wilderness

Philip Hyde from Lumière on Vimeo.

Philip Hyde has shown what can be done via photography to shed light and awareness on our precious natural resources.
Celebrate his life and look for his show now on view at the Lumiere Gallery in Atlanta. Watch the video to get a glimpse of his message.

I regularly support conservation and environmental awareness issues through the medium of photography. We all need to get the word or image out to the public in order to influence change and/or preservation. This is the right kind of propaganda.

>>CLICK HERE to get more information about the show.

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Elwha River DamRemoval Begins

Elwha

This Saturday is the grand re-opening of the beautiful Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.

This is the world’s biggest dam removal, and one of biggest and most significant river restoration efforts. We will see a river coming back to life, with great benefits for salmon runs, the tribe and community. The lessons we learn on the Elwha can inspire other river restoration efforts around the country.

>>CLICK HERE for more info on the Elwha Dam removal project

>>CLICK HERE for an interesting back story on Senator Bill Bradley and the Elwha

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