First week in the Land of The Maple Leaf: meeting Derek Olive at a Blue Dot Movement event

Right off the bat, I want to say I’m sorry to all my readers for being relatively quiet this month. I have an excuse, however: I am now officially back to school, this time pursuing Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Having moved to a new city in which I’m about to spend the next two years of my life, I’m now familiarizing myself with new surroundings, making new acquaintances, and of course, slowly getting in tune with the current ideas and attitudes that occupy the minds of Canadians.

The main talk in Canada now, of course, is the federal election, which will be held on October 19, 2015 to elect members to the House of Commons of the 42nd Parliament of Canada.

At the Parliament Hill.
At the Parliament Hill. Photo: Ronnie Safarov (c)

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The Story of Melting Ice

Pennsylvania photographer James Balog is known for his works that explore the relationship between humans and nature. But his most known project, called Extreme Ice Survey, is a unique study of melting glaciers of our planet.

Balog employs time-lapse static cameras, installed in many different places in the world, in order to document the historical change of landscape, which is impossible to be fully grasped by the human eye – the melting of enormous bodies of dense ice, the glaciers, the process known as ice calving. His team has set up 43 time-lapse cameras at 18 glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, the Nepalese Himalaya (with cameras installed at Mountain Everest), and at the Rocky Mountains.

What they caught on film (or, rather, on large-capacity professional memory cards) since 2007, is both astonishing, and terrifying. James Balog and his team were able to prove that glaciers disappear at an alarming rate.

glaciers melting
Glacier calving in Alaska. Source:

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Supporting Climate Silence Now!

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– and wearing a green wristband in support of Itzcuauhtli in his silence strike on “Climate Silence Now!”

Join 11-year old Itzcuauhtli and Earth Guardians in a silent strike for Climate Science. We are invited to devote whatever span of time we choose in order to join Itzcuauhtli in the silence strike to draw attention to worldwide environment and climate issues.

After your time of silence is over, please begin to explain the reasons behind this little symbolic act by directing all those who are interested to:

#ClimateSilenceNow  #EarthGuardians

Climate Silence Now!

11 year old Itzcuauhtli of the Earth Guardians is taking a vow of silence until world leaders speak up about Climate Change.
On December 10, everyone’s invited to devote whatever span of time one chooses to join him in the silence strike to draw attention to worldwide environment and climate issues.

Let’s join Itzcuauhtli and the Earth Guardians, to show that we care and we stand for these amazing kids!

#Itzcuauhtli #Earth Guardians #Climate Change #take action