1. Produce and present a documentary film, photographic exhibition and “coffee table” book to make a visually compelling case for how climate change is causing the deglaciation of the Columbia Icefield, and demonstrate the impacts throughout the watersheds fed by the Icefield. There is great confusion when art and science look at each other. Art looks at the world through the psyche, the emotions, and of course the aesthetic. Science tends to look at the world through the rational, the quantitative -- things that can be measured and described -- but it gives art a terrific context of understanding. Film development and production will be a two-year process.
2. Present film and book at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, exposing, to a large and diverse international audience, the beauty and fragility of the Icefield and the potential for action to at least slow the effects of global warming.
3. Mobilize student action in communities through materials and experiences offered with Alberta Tomorrow to reduce personal, family and community carbon footprints throughout the region. Fortunately for all of us, there is room to move here in that youth today have tools for effecting change that did not exist before. If you are 17 it is important to know the difference between aimless dissidence and directed ethical dissent. The difference between being an effective activist as opposed to being a mere rebel is the capacity to say no not just out of disobedience but out of affirmation. In the climate context disobedience should not be seen as rancour against something but affirmation for something, in this case for a sustainable planet and for their own futures.
4. Mobilize community action throughout the region to influence policy in business and government relating to carbon reduction, beginning with Canmore, Alberta and branching out to other communities in the region.