MONTREAL, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Space for Life is once again
confirming its commitment to preserving and safeguarding biodiversity,
by supporting the Sedna IV mission. Starting on June 22 and for 1000 days, the Montréal Botanical
Garden will host the 1000 Days for the Planet Base Camp. The Camp, the land-based "anchor" for the mission, will let
members of the public follow the ship's adventures every day and chat
live with the Sedna IV's crew.
For three years, a number of nature interpreters from the Space for Life
will be actively involved in shipboard life. Our correspondents will
maintain this special link with the Base Camp, keeping us abreast of
happenings on this exciting expedition and sharing their observations.
"For 1000 days, our visitors will be able to share in Sedna IV's mission and take the pulse of our planet. We are inviting them on a
voyage to the heart of life itself, an adventure full of courage and
hope, and one we are very proud to be associated with. Our Base Camp
promises to be an extraordinary blend of science and emotion, combining
interactive equipment, videos, artifacts and very up-to-date scientific
content," explains Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive Director of the
Space for Life.
1000 Days for the Planet / Base Camp
In a special setting designed to be both moving and somewhat unsettling,
created by the designers of Vous êtes ici, headed by "K" (Karine Lanoie), 1000 Days for the Planet / Base Camp will offer an original, immersive and evolving experience, looking at
the state of our planet's biodiversity. At the Biodiversity Centre,
visitors will be able to watch Space for Life researchers at work,
share their experiences and learn more about their personalities,
passions and goals. To increase their awareness and encourage them to
take action, the Base Camp will be set up like a stroll through nature,
exposing them to biodiversity through unusual, yet concrete examples.
Day 1 of the 1000 Days for the Planet mission
In the coming weeks, at the Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre,
where the Base Camp will be established, the countdown will officially
begin! Day 1 of the 1000 days of this adventure at sea - and on land -
will be marked by the first live communication with the Sedna IV crew, once they have reached their first stop.
The Biodôme and Jean Lemire have been working together for many years
now. The adventure started with the Biodôme's participation in his film
Meetings with Whales of the St. Lawrence, in the mid 1990s. It continued in 2006, as Antarctic Mission, Live at the Biodôme allowed thousands of our visitors to speak directly with the ship's
crew. Some of our staff also visited schools to help teachers explain
the mission to students. In 2007 and 2008, a Biodôme team set up shop
in the Old Port of Montréal, aboard the Sedna IV when it was moored there. They offered educational activities for the
general public and students, to make them aware of climate change
through videos shot during Sedna IV's Antarctic Mission, an exhibition on ecological footprints at the Sedna-Cascades-Rebut global Space and guided tours of the Sedna IV.
The Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium are launching
a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the bonds
between humankind and nature.
The Space for Life is also a place where people come together to create
and to cultivate a new way of living, shaped by Montrealers and people
from around the world.
SOURCE VILLE DE MONTREAL - BIODOME DE MONTREAL
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Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator
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