Very exciting news I’d like to share this week! I am thrilled to announce I have joined the all-women Sedna Epic team and will be traveling in late July with them to Baffin Island, in the Canadian Territory of Nunavut. Sedna’s educational outreach program will work with Inuit communities and in particular young women to deliver an educational outreach program focused on ocean conservation and climate change.

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The Plan:

Snorkel the Northwest Passage for Climate Change

Over the next three summers the team will snorkel the Canadian Arctic’s 3,000 km Northwest Passage from Pond Inlet to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.
The all-female team of scientists, explorers, educators, and artists will be the first to attempt the voyage. By completing this journey we hope to bring worldwide attention to disappearing sea ice and climate change.

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Bringing the Ocean to Eye Level:

Throughout the journey Team Sedna will work with ten Inuit communities to deliver educational outreach programs focused on ocean conservation and climate change. These programs will consist of using ROV’s (remotely operated vehicles/underwater robots) equipped with videcameras, mobile aquariums, and snorkel safari’s to enable the local community to explore the biodiversity of the underwater world in their very own backyards.

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Combining Aboriginal and Scientific Knowledge to Mitigate Global Warming

Via Sedna’s social media channels and various media coverage, we hope to give the Inuit community a platform to express their knowledge, experience, and perspectives on the changing Arctic climate.

In late July, the Sedna Epic team will travel to Iqaluit, Nunavat (Baffin Island) where we will deliver an educational ocean outreach program with the local Inuit community. The outreach program will focus on educating, inspiring, and empowering young Inuit girls to pursue careers in the sciences.

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Empowering Women and Girls

The sea women will provide mentorship to Inuit youth, introducing them to the possibility of careers in marine biology, fisheries management, seafood harvesting, ocean engineering, remotely operated vehicle pilots, marine archaeology, climate science, movie-making and photography, and as dive masters and dive instructors in the nascent dive and snorkel tourism industry in Nunavut.

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Image of Sedna by Anthony Galbraith

In Inuit mythology, Sedna is the goddess/mother of the sea and all of its creatures.

 

Investing in the Future of the Arctic:

The Arctic is quite an expensive place, but with your support I hope to offset some of the costs involved. The costs associated with just this leg of the journey could easily exceed $18,000.

Any bit of support would be most appreciated and would go a long way. No contribution is too small!

For your support, I’ve compiled a range of rewards:

For $20, I will send an email update to you from the expedition.

For $35, I will send you or a loved one a postcard from the Arctic.

For $50, you will receive an 11×14 print of your choice from either my website, blog, or social media channels (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $75, you will receive a 16×20 print of your choice from my website (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $100, you will receive a 20×30 print from my website (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $250, you will either receive a one hour pool portrait session in the Greater NYC area or a one hour skype session on underwater photography tips and tricks (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $500, book an hour-long Remote Speaking Engagement via Skype on either the July Sedna Expedtion or conservation photography (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $1,000, book a Speaking Engagement in New England (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For 2,500, book a Speaking Engagement in the continental United States (or your choice of any of the preceding).

If you are interested in donating please visit: www.gofundme.com/jlentini

Questions, ideas, or shared passions? Please feel free to contact me!

Nakurmiik! (Thank you in Inuktitut)