Special Blue Planet Event in Ottawa on October 13

Ottawa Riverkeeper, the Canadian Museum of Nature, Students on Ice and Alexandra Cousteau join together for a special blue planet event at the Canadian Museum of Nature
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Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Canadian Museum of Nature
Cost: Admission by donation. Donations will benefit Ottawa Riverkeeper and Canadian Museum of Nature.
Contact Info: 613-321-1120 x2 / nwilson@ottawariverkeeper.ca

As a part of their cross-continent film and social media project with NationalGeographic.com, Alexandra Cousteau and her Expedition Film Team will be visiting Ottawa to help raise awareness and support for local water initiatives. The team, traveling across North America in a custom-made biodiesel production bus, will partner up with Ottawa Riverkeeper, the Canadian Museum of Nature and Students on Ice to host an exciting and informative evening at the Canadian Museum of Nature, home of the RBC Blue Water Gallery. The event is open to the public and will feature dynamic presentations and film clips on critical water issues.

The night includes:
– Meet and Greet with Alexandra Cousteau and the Expedition Blue Planet Team
– Keynote presentation by Alexandra Cousteau on critical water issues
– Presentations by Meredith Brown (Riverkeeper) and Paul Hamilton (CMN Researcher)
– Showing of film clips from 2010 Expedition Blue Planet
– Charity auction of special edition Alexandra Cousteau “Water Is Life” REVO sunglasses
– Interactive Q&A Session

Alexandra Cousteau and her international Expedition Blue Planet team are on a 14,500-mile journey across North America to investigate global water issues “in the backyard” of one of the world’s leading economies. Living, working and exploring water stories together, Alexandra and her team will use everything from the underwater gear invented by her grandfather to the latest in satellite technology and live social media to bring the thrill of adventure and the wonders of nature to audiences across the globe.

Through the lens of this expedition, global audiences will have the rare opportunity to join the expedition from an entirely new angle: sitting down with the crew as they discuss the work of the day over meals they’ve prepared as a traveling “family,” experiencing the camaraderie and adventure of solving problems in the field, and experiencing firsthand the thrill of discovering grand places and meeting everyday people in cities and villages along the way.

Throughout the journey, the team will explore some of the great water treasures of the region, investigate issues surrounding water conservation, as well as bear witness to stories of people from all walks of life working to solve one of the great challenges of our generation – the global water crisis.

Traveling across canyons, mountains and prairies to reach the coral reefs of Florida the team will experience more than six distinct ecosystems and work in everything from urban to wilderness and ocean environments. Along the way, the team will be joined by visiting artists, musicians, writers and celebrities who will meet up with the Expedition in 10-15 cities along the route to host “watershed” awareness and action days where local citizens can join the team to work on watershed restoration projects.

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