Posted by: janvozenilek | July 8, 2010

Midway Island – Midway Journey II expedition

Dear friends,

Our team arrived safely on Midway Island and the past six days here have been a whirlwind of activity. We’ve been getting up early, and going to bed late… filming and photographing not only the abundant beauty of this place, but also it’s dark side.  It’s been an emotional roller coaster for me witnessing the hundreds of dying young Albatross chicks. They are such stunning and beautiful creatures, and it breaks my heart to watch them suffer and die.  The cause of this is dehydration, starvation and chocking.  The plastic bottle caps and cigarette lighters that fill most of their stomachs may just have something to do with it!

We came upon the seawall yesterday, on the south side of the island and there I saw a young chick, in the water, getting pounded by the waves into the chucks of concrete and rocks. He was water logged, wings spread open and drowning with each wave.   I began to film him, to watch him struggle and die. I struggled deeply whether to keep filming or jump down and rescue him.  I did both.

This has been the case a number of times now as we make our way all over the island.  Each day it seems there is less and less chicks out in the field, and more dead ones.

My intention was to keep this blog going regularly throughout this journey, but I am finding it difficult to find the time. When we are not filming, we are editing and producing the short films for the Midway Journey website, Facebook etc. The painfully slow internet connection also makes it difficult.

Please visit our Flickr page where we are posting photos from our trip. For some reason I can’t get the photos to upload onto this blog. These photos are also posted on our Facebook page.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/midwayjourney/

You can follow our expedition at http://www.MidwayJourney.com and join our Facebook page for daily updates.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Midway-Journey/117981432917

I also ask that you please join the cause!  What we are witnessing here on Midway is the result of our disposable culture and the ‘throw away’ world we live in.  We are all responsible for this!  Each day we all make a choice whether the products we buy and use are made from disposable, single use plastic, or whether it’s some other material, that is better for our earth. Or better yet, to ask our selves the question, do I need that item or packaged good at all.

In our town a group of passionate folks formed a group called Plastic Free Penticton.  In just 4 short weeks, our fan page on Facebook has 250 people and locally in Penticton, it’s turned into a movement. We can’t believe how many people are excited to join the cause and help spread the message.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Plastic-Free-Penticton/123790037652206?ref=ts

I’d invite you to do the same in your own town or community.  Together we can make a difference!

With love and gratitude,

Jan

P.S.  And here are a couple of the short films we’ve edited since we got here.

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