Alaska, and specifically Glacier Bay National Park are special places to me for many reasons, and I was flattered when Zach West Brown asked me to film the opening of the Inian Islands Institute, an environmental education centre being created at the mouth of Glacier Bay National Park. Founded by a group of Stanford university Ph.D. students, the institute aims to educate students with the following vision:
• Students will come up to the Hobbit Hole for month-long field courses.
• Via intensive coursework and field exploration, they will be immersed in the rich, local ecology.
• At the same time, students will get their hands dirty harvesting local resources: rainwater, firewood, garden vegetables and salmon.
• Through these unique experiences, students will forge an environmental ethic, embrace sustainability by living it first-hand, and redefine ecology as one who is part of its complex web. Our mission is that students will carry these lessons back to the urban and intellectual centers they call home, keeping them as guiding principles in lives marked by wise environmental leadership
Of course, I jumped at the opportunity and on Saturday I fly to Sitka to join the group.
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