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EVENTS

Leon McCarron | Filmmaker and Author

April 29th @ 1:00pm GMT (2:00pm UK Time)

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Leon is a writer, filmmaker and adventurer from Northern Ireland. He has cycled 14,000 miles from New York to Hong Kong, walked the length of China, and ridden across Patagonia on horseback. In the last few years, Leon has been exploring the ways in which moving slowly and thoroughly affects the stories that we hear and tell. His idea is that by approaching storytelling at three miles an hour, let’s say, reporters can find new narratives and meaning, and are perhaps afforded more time to experience and disseminate a deeper human connection. Much of his recent work has been seeking out these stories of humanity and nuance in parts of the world that are often demonised (or misunderstood) by Western media. To this end, Leon has walked a 1000 mile loop through the Holy Land, from Jerusalem to Jerusalem via Jordan, the Sinai peninsula, Palestine and Israel, and this year has travelled on foot in Kosovo, Armenia, Iraqi Kurdistan and on the Yemeni island of Socotra in search of unique stories and perspectives.

 

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George Kourounis | Documenting Nature's Fury

April 30th @ 1:30pm GMT (2:30pm UK Time)

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George is a renowned global adventurer, storm chaser, explorer and television presenter. His efforts to document nature's worst weather conditions have taken him all over the globe, into places most normal people are fleeing from. Here's a few examples:
- The jungles of Rwanda to witness rare mountain gorillas.
- Into a cage surrounded by Great White sharks off the coast of Mexico.
- Flying in a helicopter over huge forest fires in Northern Ontario.
- The remote island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific where he got married on the crater's edge of the exploding Yasur volcano!!
- Dog sledding above the Arctic Circle and kayaking with whales in Antarctica.
- Space flight training, including a zero gravity flight and being subjected to extreme forces inside 2 centrifuges.
- The fabled Timbuktu, in the Sahara Desert, documenting sand storms.
- Reactor #4 at Chernobyl, the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history.
- Into the Naica Crystal Cave in Mexico, home to the largest crystals in the world where the environment is so hostile that the heat and humidity can be deadly.

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YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QhuUenx1ZM

Diva Amon | Deep-sea Biologist

May 1st @ 1:30pm GMT (2:30pm UK Time)

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Diva is a Trinidadian deep-sea biologist who studies what lives in our world's deep oceans, and how we, humans, are impacting it. She is currently undertaking a two-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellowship at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. In 2013, she completed her PhD at the University of Southampton, UK, after which, she spent three years at the University of Hawai’i, USA, researching the largely unknown abyssal fauna of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, an area targeted for deep-sea mining in the Pacific Ocean. Throughout her career, Diva has participated in deep-sea expeditions around the world, exploring and studying previously unknown habitats. She has done a considerable amount of science communication and public engagement, with her work featured on CNN International, National Geographic, BBC World and more. Diva is also a co-founder of the non-profit NGO, SpeSeas, dedicated to marine science, education and advocacy in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean. You can find her on Twitter (@DivaAmon) or visit her website (https://divaamon.com).

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Jill Heinerth | Cave Diver

May 2nd @ 10:30am GMT (11:30am UK Time)

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More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has explored right here on earth. She is a veteran of over thirty years of filming, photography and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world with National Geographic, NOAA, various educational institutions and television networks worldwide. She is the inaugural Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and the diving world’s highest award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the NOGI. As a motivational speaker, Jill Heinerth educates and inspires people about our fascinating underwater world. Partnering with Penguin Random House in Canada and Harper Collins in the US, Jill will soon be releasing four new major-market, non-fiction and children’s books. 

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Sarah Kienle | Live From Antarctica

May 2nd @ 1:30pm GMT (2:30pm UK Time)

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Sarah has one of our textbook-sized satellite BGAN units with her in Antarctica. With one of these units, she can use it to video broadcast into classroom from pretty much anywhere on the planet!

Sarah is a marine mammal biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is fascinated by the variety of ways these animals have adapted to life underwater. Sarah’s work has taken her to remote islands, to zoos and aquariums around North America, and, most recently, to Antarctica. She has spent more than her fair share of time covered in sand and seal poop, but she couldn’t be happier. She is currently in Antarctica studying leopard seals, a top predator in the Southern Ocean. Leopard seals play important roles in Antarctic ecosystem, but little is currently known about their basic biology. Sarah is part of a research team studying the ecology and physiology of these incredible animals and how they are responding to a rapidly warming Antarctica.  

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The Turtle Hospital | Florida Keys

May 3rd @ 1:30pm GMT (2:30pm UK Time)

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The Turtle Hospital is located in the Florida Keys and opened its doors 1986 with four main goals:

 

1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat.

2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools. 

3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities).

4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.

The Turtle Hospital contains up-to-date equipment needed to perform a variety of surgeries on different species and sizes of sea turtles. More than half of this equipment has been donated by local hospitals and doctors, and some equipment has been donated by environmentally- friendly organizations and individuals. There are 7 species of sea turtles throughout the entire world. Five of the seven are found in Florida: Green, Loggerhead, Leatherback, Hawksbill, and Kemp’s Ridley.

 

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