400 PPM Documentary Released!

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It is with an unimaginable degree of excitement that I am announcing the release of my documentary on climate change, “400 PPM! After years of researching, filming, writing, fundraising, and editing, it is finally done. I never imagined that what started as a small project for me would end up receiving the support of people like author and activist Margaret Atwood, former astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, anthropologist and famed explorer Dr. Wade Davis, and Nobel laureate environmentalist Dr. Brad Bass, and I am so incredibly grateful to my friends, family, and community for all of the incredible support they have given me throughout this journey. 

Almost two and a half years ago, I traveled to the Canadian and Greenlandic Arctic and witnessed climate change firsthand. In the days leading up to the expedition, I was very excited. I couldn’t wait to see polar bears, I wanted to cruise next to majestic icebergs, and I really hoped I would spot a puffin or two.

I wasn’t expecting to learn that the icebergs I was seeing could be some of the last, I wasn’t expecting to meet Inuit people whose livelihoods and lives have been taken away by climate change, and I certainly wasn’t expecting to learn that it was hardly their fault – it was ours. I realized then that those icebergs were our modern day dinosaurs and that we, as a society, were the metaphorical asteroid ushering their demise. 

The stories I was told of the devastating effects of climate change on the people who live in the Arctic while I was on my expedition struck a note inside me that the statistics I learned about at school never could. I wanted to do something, but when I got home, it seemed that others had become tone-deaf to the issue I cared so much about. So, I decided to share the stories of the Inuit people I met in an attempt to show others what I had witnessed during my expedition. 400 PPM tells those stories. 

The documentary is available to view at www.mayab.ca/400PPM. I hope you enjoy it!

An Hour With Chris Hadfield

***DOCUMENTARY UPDATE***

I had the incredible honour of interviewing Col. Chris Hadfield for my documentary on climate change in the Arctic and its impact on the Inuit. My favourite quote from the interview:

“It is always far easier to believe something than it is to understand.  You can believe something in a second, and then you don’t have to do any more effort. You don’t have to think. You don’t have to do the research. You don’t have to work. You can just believe something. But if you build the premises of your life on uninformed belief, then you’re going to make terrible decisions. Ignorance is blissful but ignorance is a terrible way to go through life.

The real key [to solving climate change] is education and awareness and understanding. What is it that is changing? Why do 97% of scientists in the world say it is changing?

As a young Canadian you have the job of learning.”

The documentary, 400PPM will be released in the beginning of November at http://www.mayab.ca/400ppm

An Interview with Col. Hadfield

An Interview with Col. Hadfield

A Rainstorm With Margaret Atwood

***DOCUMENTARY UPDATE***

I had a delightful chat, partly in the pouring rain, with the brilliant Margaret Atwood about climate change for 400PPM.

“No, it’s not too late. We’re realizing the danger, but we’re a bit behind. It would have been better to have done it in 1972, but I think the time for climate change deniers is over… It’s up to smart people like you to figure out what’s happening with our tax dollars … We’re going to have to become very inventive in the next few decades. We’re going to need smart people thinking outside the box.”

The documentary, 400PPM will be released in the beginning of November at http://www.mayab.ca/400ppm

A Conversation with Margaret Atwood

A Conversation with Margaret Atwood

A Meeting with Minsky

I made a quick 23.5 hour stop in Boston on the way home from tracking near-Earth asteroids at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Met Marvin Minsky (!!!) at his home in Boston and had a most insightful chat on topics ranging from Deep Learning to quantum computing. Also visited MIT media lab. What a day.

A Meeting with Marvin Minsky

A Meeting with Marvin Minsky

An Evening of Literature

I had the pleasure of speaking alongside Margaret Atwood at this year’s annual L3 Writers’ Conference in Barrie. What was a science nerd doing at a climate change focused Writers’ conference? Check out the (long and filmed-on-a-not-so-great-video-camera-by-my-parents-from-the-audience) video below!

International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!

I am so honoured to have had the chance to speak live nation-wide with Hannah Thibedeau on CBC News about women in STEM in celebration of International Women’s Day. ‪#‎IWD is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women around the world and to encourage others to go further.

Science Expo 2015 – Synapse: Crossroads of Global Innovation

For the last three years, I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering with the national non-profit organization Science Expo – Canada’s largest youth-run non-profit dedicated to providing STEM outreach to high school students across the country.

Today, I witnessed the culmination of countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears for the last year by everyone on the Science Expo executive team – our fifth annual conference at the Ontario Science Centre. While the workshops on cutting-edge quantum computing, lectures on 3D printing, and keynote speeches by world-leaders in bio-security, evolutionary biology, and polymer chemistry made for an incredible day of STEM learning for everyone, the most rewarding part of the conference was hearing from delegates that our conference inspired them to pursue careers in STEM. I cannot thank my incredible team at Science Expo enough for making this day such a success.

I’ve worn many hats during my time at Science Expo – Speakers Coordinator, Marketing Director, Vice-President, President…and today, it’s time for me to make yet another transition. I will be joining the Board of Advisors as of the end of March. I am so proud of what everyone at Science Expo has achieved in the last few years, and I am so excited to see what we continue to do in the years to come.

We Move Beyond

This article says I “rocked modern science,” which is funny because there never was a rock concert. That would have been much more fun. It went more like this: after a long day of work in the basement, I feel asleep during an experiment and woke up to find that something interesting had happened.

Thanks to Noel and the Beyond team! It was a pleasure chatting with you.

http://www.wemovebeyond.com/news/2015/1/19/eventually-i-started-to-ask-questions-that-people-didnt-have-answers-to-and-i-think-that-really-started-my-scientific-journey