Wakan Tanka Documentary Film Project
Wakan Tanka, meaning in the First Nation Lakota Sioux language “Great Spirit”, is a powerful documentary film which interweaves the voices of environmental experts and elders with a captivating fictional story to engage youth on climate change.
The film explores how we can embrace the knowledge of our elders to address climate change and bring a message of hope to humankind, in particular children. The stories of grandparents, great-grandparents and other elders who have committed the remainder of their lives to stopping global warming are instructional and inspirational. The camera will capture these elders’ pain, concern and love for their progeny and our planet.
The fictional journey follows Zak, a 13 year-old boy, as he makes his way across a nightmarish cityscape to find his way to the safety of his grandparent‘s house. Zak’s character symbolises the human race, his grandparent‘s home represents nature and spirit. Zak‘s journey through the city represents the journey humankind would have to make in order to rebuild a deeper connection with nature.
Wakan Tanka has the potential to influence millions of young people about the impacts of climate change and what they can do with the help of their elders.
The film highlights both the struggles we could face if we continue on this destructive path, as well as the many possible pathways to a sustainable future. Among scenes of earthly decay and beauty, the documentary challenges present day societal norms whilst celebrating community, and illustrating eco-actions undertaken by the youth of today. Included are skill-building examples to help kids understand what it is they can do to live more softly on the planet.
Daring to Dream Green in BC: A Digital Storytelling Project
In recent years there has been a decreasing amount of environmental news and science covered in the media. The Vancouver Observer and the Institute for Sustainability Education & Action (I-SEA) have come together to collaborate on science-based environmental reporting, which will be educational in nature.
The Vancouver Observer is a nimble, award-winning online newspaper that continues to occupy the leading edge of environmental and community impact reporting, and is well known for evoking civic dialogue about public issues. This collaborative project seeks to connect readers with the a diversity of original ideas and role models that demonstrate a sustainable future is possible.
We would love your input about the most awe-inspiring eco-initiatives from across BC. Were you the brave soul that initiated a composting program for your apartment building? Were you the audacious high school student that transformed an urban lot into an edible garden? Are you an agricultural scientist passionate about a future filled with vertical farms?
Email your stories to email@example.com!
ClimateAccess: The Network of Climate Communicators
A key to acting is understanding. The key to understanding is clear communication. In order for the public to adequately respond to the climate crisis, and for municipalities and climate professionals to be able to put in place effective policies, we all must have a common understanding of the data, the risks, strategies and solutions.
ClimateAccess and I-SEA are working together to provide resources and tools to 1000’s of climate practitioners around the globe. On April 22nd there will be an event in Vancouver, BC, celebrating the successes of ClimateAccess.org to date and asking for further support to reach even more people who are on the ground doing the hard work.
Climate Access is a “network of networks” that provides climate communications practitioners with access to the necessary tools, knowledge and people to increase public support for action on climate. As a bridge between research and action, climateaccess.org fosters collaboration and facilitates peer-to-peer exchanges of information on climate communications, public engagement and behavior change.
Since 2008 I-SEA has been hosting Green Drinks on Salt Spring Island, BC. Now shared with Transition Salt Spring, this event is held monthly with local eco-groups and supporters. People come together to talk about their projects and challenges.
In communities all over the world people who work in environmental fields meet for cocktails once a month to share ideas and make new contacts. In Victoria over 1500 people belong to the Green Drinks network and every month about 200 get together. It’s very motivating and we thought it would be fun to do here on the island!
We have usually have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. It’s a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.
These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity.
Join the Green Drinks-Salt Spring facebook group to stay updated!