Earth Day Exhibit at Credit Suisse: Wroclaw, Poland

April 29, 2017

After much hard work on the part of Anna Trojnar-Gibki, an exhibit of my water images was unveiled in Wroclaw, Poland for Earth Day 2017. The exhibit is now on display in the Credit Suisse office at the Green Day Building on Szczytnicka Street.

On April 21, to kick off Earth Day, the bank held an event: “Doing Well, By Doing Good” which consisted of a presentation about responsible investment and an introduction to the exhibit.

The gallery of images will be exhibited through May 5. After which, the images will be auctioned off, and monies raised will go to Credit Suisse’s Charity of the Year, which focuses on children with cancer.

Many thanks to Anna Trojnar-Gibki for her relentless efforts to make this happen!

Image Courtesy of Anna Trojnar-Gibki

 

Adopt an Endangered African Penguin (for your valentine)

February 10, 2015

To commemorate Valentine’s Day this year, I thought it would be appropriate to post about the endangered African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), or as I like to call them: lovebirds! These flightless birds, are as you may know, monogamous; with a startling 80-90% of couples remaining together for their entire lives! Can you imagine? That percentage is far higher than us homo sapiens!
South African Penguins - Boulder's Beach, South Africa
South African Penguins “Lovebirds”

A FEW FACTS ABOUT AFRICAN PENGUINS

The breeding season is mostly between the months of March and May, however, it seems you can find a few couples in some stage of the breeding cycle throughout the year. Apparently this is quite different from most other bird species.

These lovebirds begin mating around the age of four and usually results in the creation of two eggs, one for each parent (the perfect size family). During the incubation period, which usually lasts about 40 days, the pair takes equal turns caring for the eggs.

Their habitat ranges from Port Elizabeth, South Africa up the western coast of the country and into Namibia. However, due to habitat destruction, declining food sources, domestic pets/animals, and global warming their numbers are quickly dwindling. At the moment there are just a mere 18,683 breeding pairs left in the wild in South Africa, just a fraction of what it used to be.

Located very close to Simons Town, South Africa this particular colony of African penguins is situated on Boulders Beach and as a result they have been given the name: Boulders Penguin Colony

Boulder's Beach, South AfricaHOW YOU CAN HELP

While I was in South Africa, I came across an amazing organisation, SANCCOB, working very hard to protect African penguins and other seabirds in the region. At the moment, and in honour of Valentine’s Day, they are offering a very special way to help an endangered species while at the same time providing one of the most unique gifts to your special someone.

For 500 Rand (South African Currency) or $42.27 USD, you can adopt two African penguins for the price you would normally pay for just one.

Better yet, you will get to name the penguins (perhaps, after your partner and yourself ;o) and you’ll receive a photograph of the penguins that have been meticulously cared for before they release them back into the wild South African landscape.

Here are two links for more information. The first is their home page and the second will take you directly to the adoption page:

1) http://www.sanccob.co.za/?view=featured

2) Valentine’s 2 for 1 Special – Adopt an African Penguin:

http://www.sanccob.co.za/you-can-help/adopt-a-penguin/adopt-a-penguin-detail

DID YOU KNOW?

Americans spend roughly 20 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day each year?! Why not spend on something charitable this year?Stony Point, Betty's Bay - South Africa

Juvenile Male Penguins at Betty’s Bay, South Africa

To learn more about how to visit the African penguins for your next trip to South Africa, check out:

http://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/tourism/attractions.php

And of course, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO ALL THE LOVEBIRDS OUT THERE!

J-

Inspiring Preservation of the Arctic with Arts & Science

November 22, 2014

Expedition – August 2015

ELYSIUM ARTISTS FOR THE ARCTIC is a project that combines the expertise of some of the world’s top scientists, artists, and explorers to create a multi-faceted interpretation of the Arctic. Artists for the Arctic hopes to inspire greater appreciation, understanding, and love for this critically important part of our planet, while drawing attention to the impacts of climate change. This icy ecosystem is regarded as one of the most enchanting wilderness regions of our planet, yet volatile and under severe threat from the warming of the world’s climate. This expedition promises to deliver the most awe-inspiring and stunning visual representation ever seen of the Arctic. The sights, sounds, and science captured by the Elysium Team will inspire ways to preserve and protect life at the top of the world through art, education, and outreach.

THE MISSION: The Explorer Team’s mission is to encapsulate the splendor of the Arctic through the sights and sounds of this enthralling region, into one exquisite volume, a film and exhibitions around the world in eight major cities in 2016-2017. Elysium’s science team will record and study the impacts of disappearing sea ice in the Arctic, inspiring, educating, and engaging the public about the wonders of the Arctic and its importance to our global climate. Through cross-cultural dialogue and educational outreach programs, Artists for the Arctic aims to exchange knowledge with Inuit groups and Elders about their home and the animals that live there. These first-hand accounts will be broadcast through a series of exhibitions worldwide, global social networks, and media channels, inspiring conservation for the diverse life of the Arctic as well as drawing attention to the impacts of climate change, ocean change, and disappearing sea ice. Only with your support will we be able to spread this critical message around the globe. You can have a direct impact on the way the world sees and understands the Arctic, and consequently on how we protect this precious polar region in the near future.

Elysium Artists for the Arctic is a carbon neutral expedition funded by Ocean Geographic Society.

WHAT IS NEEDED: We need to maximize our time in the Arctic, and what we can accomplish will directly depend on how much money is raised in the next 2 months. Our goal for this campaign is to raise $350,000.
We projected $80, 000 to bring in specialized scientific equipment: Open source ROVs with HD cameras, temperature and salinity instruments, mobile aquarium and scientist to bring in the video plankton recorder, laboratory and plankton sampling equipment. We’ll need $85,000 to create and produce the Elysium limited edition book and movie, $25,000 for the Elysium Arctic Report, $20,000 to produce the full soundtrack, and $150,000 to transport and curate exhibition for eight cities.

Please consider donating to this one of a kind project. Click on the Polar Bear below and you’ll be redirected to the Indiegogo Campaign Site to learn more about the interesting rewards for getting involved: