CWF Showcases Arctic Videos at Climate Conference

OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wildlife Federation will showcase some of its new traditional knowledge vignettes at the United Nations Climate Conference in Durban, South Africa to focus international attention on Arctic issues.

"It is important to remind the international community that we feel strongly about the north as Canadians," says Wade Luzny, CEO-Executive Vice President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. "Canada's Arctic region will show the effects of climate change before anywhere else, however the perspectives of northern residents are often misunderstood in polarizing debates. CWF is helping bring northern perspectives forward."

CWF will preview five of the vignettes at its booth in the Durban Exhibition Centre Nov. 28 - Dec. 3. The videos were filmed in Nunavut in the summer of 2011 and feature three languages - English, French and Inuktitut. These one-two minute videos spotlight local perspectives on the environment as well as traditional use of natural resources and are ultimately intended for educators to use in their classrooms. CWF will also show an 18-minute video created by an Alberta educator that attended our summer course in Nunavut in July, 2011. Titled Journey to Baffin, this project is a tribute to the Inuit. A slide show of photos from Iqaluit and Pangnirtung will round off CWF's exhibit, which is titled Education in Action.

While at the climate conference, CWF will also be attending side events on adaptation, mitigation and cross-cutting issues such as water, biodiversity, capacity building, indigenous rights, public awareness-raising and youth engagement. The public can follow our team on the ground through our Facebook and Twitter feeds during the first week of the convention. Following this time, the public is invited to tune in with CWF to the United Nation's webcasts of government deliberations.

The climate conference, known as COP17 or the 17th Conference of the Parties, will be held from Nov. 28 - Dec. 9 at the Durban International Convention Centre. It is expected that up to 20,000 delegates from around the world will attend, including international leaders and non-governmental observers.

"It is critical for CWF to attend this convention to maintain and advance our international advocacy work and to showcase our northern education initiatives and successes," Luzny says. "Through atmospheric transport and ocean currents the Arctic has become a dumping ground for many of the toxins used in societies thousands of miles away. This is impacting northern wildlife and human populations. International policies have to be improved to ensure a legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat."

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, developing and delivering education programs, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending changes to policy and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.

SOURCE CANADIAN WILDLIFE FEDERATION

For further information:

Heather Robison
Media Relations Officer
(306) 550-4155
heatherr@cwf-fcf.org

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