Posted by: janvozenilek | June 13, 2011

Midway Island – Midway Journey III summary

The third Midway expedition was unlike the previous two. This was the first time we had a chance to witness the innocence of the Albatross chicks. Their kind, gentle demeanor. Their love and curiosity. It was absolutely wonderful!

The bonding that our small team of passionate film makers and artist experienced, will last a lifetime. They all now feel like family. We laughed, we cried… and together shared the absolutely stunning beauty but also the tragic horror of this place.

For fourteen days, daily we were out with our cameras from sunrise to sunset. We were presented by some magical moments that could not be scripted. They just appeared in front of our lenses at the most perfect times… almost as if it was meant to be.

Daily we reviewed the footage we captured and were blown away by the images. We are so thrilled and excited to be able to share it all one day with the world.

As I leave this place, I am so very humbled and honoured to be part of this team and part of this project. It has been a life changing experience for me and I don’t take the responsibility of sharing the Midway message with the world lightly.

The deeper I sink into all of this, the more I realize that the message the heroic, iconic Albatross are bringing to Midway is much more about plastic….. it really is about each of us and the daily choices we make in our lives. It is about ALL our collective consumption of not only single use disposable plastics but really about everything.

Having that awareness that to go without, sometimes isn’t always a bad thing. Do we really need to take those free candies they bring us at the end of our meal in the restaurant, or use 3 napkins during our meal. Sure that coffee cup is made of paper, but it still had to be manufactured and shipped, only to be used for 10 minutes and discarded. Paper of plastic at the grocery store? How about neither?

Yes, the single use disposable plastic is the real tragedy but this thing is about way more then that!

One of the highlights for me during this past trip, was having Emily Chartrand join us. She is the next generation of eco warriors that will change the world. Please visit her amazing blog for some of her reflections of this experience. I am so thrilled to see Emily take this message of Midway and go share it with thousands of kids and people around the world.

This mission is far from over… in fact it’s just beginning. Please stay tuned and join us!

Thank you to Kris Krug for many of these fabulous images.

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