Thursday, February 24, 2011
Ever since all of us "scholars" arrived at the Sauve house, Ion has encouraged us to take advantage of the beautiful house and host our own events - "this space is yours". So, I did. Enviro-Jam was a party with a purpose; to have people engaged in environmental justice and climate change in the polar regions.
Remy Rodden, a biologist and educator who happens to sing and write songs, mostly inspired by environmental issues and Northern life was invited to bring himself, his pictures and his guitar to Sauve House by myself and Jana Luker. Recently, Remy had the opportunity to travel to the Arctic and Antarctic with Students on Ice. He showed his pictures, sang songs like "What's that? Habitat!" and "Biodiversity" and "Woman With a Chainsaw." I myself gave a brief presentation on climate change in the Arctic. I talked about the melting permafrost, the link between climate change and Aboriginal rights, Grolar bears, increased health issues because of fossil fuels, the looming Mackenzie Gas Project and the importance of water to everyone and it's meaning to indigenous communities.
This was a nice time for scholars to invite their friends, host families and mentors to the Sauve House for a relaxed and non-formal event. Everyone had a pleasant time participating in Remy's songs (according to him, singing is NOT a spectator sport), learning about climate change and jamming with Remy's family.
Masi cho everyone who came and participated. And Remy, we are still singing your songs!
Posted by Roxy Nogee at 10:34 PM