May | Biodiversity

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Join Hearts in the Ice and special Guest and activist Sheila Watt Cloutier, author of the “Right to be Cold- One Woman’s story of protecting her culture, the Arctic and the whole planet”.

The Arctic Ice is receding each year, but just as irreplaceable is their culture, the wisdom that has allowed the Inuit to thrive in the Far North for so long. And it’s not just the Arctic. The whole world is changing.

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier

May 24th @ 12:00pm eastern

Sheila Watt-Cloutier was born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (northern Quebec), and was raised traditionally in her early years before attending school in southern Canada and in Churchill, Manitoba. She is the past Chair of Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), the organization that represents internationally the 155,000 Inuit of Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Chukotka in the Far East of the Federation of Russia.

During the past several years, Ms. Watt-Cloutier has alerted the world that Inuit will not become a footnote to the onslaught of globalization by working through the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to defend Inuit human rights against the impacts of climate change. 

On December 7, 2005, she filed a climate change-related petition with to the Commission as an urgent message from the Inuit “sentinels” to the rest of the world on global warming’s already dangerous impacts. On March 1, 2007, she testified before the Commission during their extraordinary first hearing on the links between climate change and human rights.

Sheila is the author of The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet (Allen Laine, 2015). Shortlisted for the British Columbia Canadian Non-Fiction Award, The Cohen Shaughnessy Prize for Political writing, the Cobo Emerging Writer Prize and the CBC Canada Reads competition.

Join Sefra Alexandra -The Seed Huntress – an ethnobotanist on a perennial expedition to preserve and restore the flora of wildlands through the conservation of seed.

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What do Seeds have to do with Bio-Diversity?

May 30th @ 12:00pm eastern

As a fellow of the Crop Trust, Sefra highlighted the vital role the global seed banking system – the Genebank Platform -plays in safeguarding the diversity of crop wild relatives.

Sefra is currently leading – The Ecotype Project – to amplify the amount of truly local native seed available for ecological restoration, by creating the first ecoregional supply chain in the Northeast, USA. In 2020 she began where she guides expeditions that are “paddlin’ for the pollinators,” planting native plants by boat along riparian corridors. Sefra holds her M.A.T. in agroecological education from Cornell University, is a WINGS WorldQuest expedition flag carrier, member of the Explorers Club and runs a wilderness skills school- The Readiness Collective. In her free time you can find her race directing youth endurance events for Spartan Race at – Puddy’s – the site of her wilderness tent camp retreat.

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