Surfrider Vancouver Island Presents National Geograp

Surfrider Presents National Geographic Photographer Cristina Mittermeier

~The Water’s Edge~

EVENT: Speaker Cristina Mittermeier conservationist and National Geographic Photographer

DATE: Monday March 13, 2017 door open 6:30 pm (all ages welcome)

LOCATION: Victoria Event Centre 1415 Broad St.

Celebrated conservationist and National Geographic Photographer Cristina Mittermeier has partnered with Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island to build an emotional and urgent connection to the issues that threaten our world’s oceans and waterways.


In the presentation, which will be part of National Geographic’s Live Event Series in May in Washington DC, Mittermeier will share how she learned the concept of responsible earth stewardship as a child from her indigenous nanny, and explores that calling through the ways of life of four communities and their individual relationships with water—the Kayapo in the Amazon, the Inuit of Greenland, the First Nations people of British Columbia, and native Hawaiians.

“Conservation is a puzzle, where many pieces have to fit together to make things work,” says Mittermeier. “For me, the choice of being a photographer is to become a piece of the puzzle, and that of course, is through visual communications. That is one of the main reasons why my partner, photographer Paul Nicklen and I, formed SeaLegacy in 2014.”


SeaLegacy believes that powerful imagery and stories inspire people to take action towards protecting the world’s oceans. While Mittermeier has travelled to more than 100 countries on every continent, she calls Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island home and puts great value in supporting local conservation efforts.


“In the last few years, we have been finding a major increase in plastics that have broken down into small pieces that are very difficult to pick up,” says Gillian Montgomery, Chapter Manager of SFVI, a volunteer community of everyday people passionately protecting the ocean, waves and beaches – and the marine life these support. Approximately 90% of the marine debris found on our cleanups is single-use plastics such as straws, cups, water bottles, styrofoam and plastic bags. These plastic pieces are of great concern as they can easily be mistaken for food in the marine environment.


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