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CORALS, PENGUINS AND HUMMINGBIRDS: Biodiversity on Planet Earth

2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity. To kick off the Lowell Thomas Awards month (Exploring Extinction: Is It Forever?) join explorers Anne, and her daughter, Emily Doubilet for a biodiversity event through photography and music – an evening that promises to be both extraordinary and informative.

Emily will open the evening with a screening of HUMMINGBIRD, the Bio-Pop music video (featured on MTV Online) by Suspicious Package, a duo group of Emily Doubilet and Ashlynn Manning. Join Suspicious Package as they travel to a private island off the coast of Central America in an exclusive helicopter ride. The inter-action between a local colony of hummingbirds and the girls of Suspicious Package has been captured in 100% real footage and original music.

Anne will then present ENDS OF THE EARTH: FROM POLE TO POLE a journey in photographs and words. From corals underwater throughout the Indo Pacific to penguins clustered on Antarctic islands to polar bears on shrinking Arctic ice, climate changes are swirling around the globe. According to Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper columnist, Thomas Friedman, we should call it ‘global weirding” instead of “global warming.” An alarming number of species has become extinct and huge chunks of calving ice have altered glacial coastlines. Voyaging through four decades from the bottom to the top of the world, Anne Doubilet has witnessed environmental changes—both underwater and on land-- that thrust her into advocacy for conservation.

Anne L. Doubilet is on the Board of Directors of The Explorers Club where she is Chair of Lectures and Programs. An underwater explorer, writer and photographer she has logged thousands of dives worldwide working freelance as a team member for National Geographic Magazine on over 30 stories about the sea. She is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and has worked in the Red Sea, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Hawaii, Japan, the Galapagos, all around Australia’s coasts, and throughout the Caribbean. Recipient of a Scuba Schools International Platinum Pro Award, she has completed over 5,000 dives. Anne was featured in Vogue Magazine August 2009 and is an “Ambassador of the Sea” in the book Ocean Portraits coming in Fall 2010 from Scott Polar Research Institute/University of Cambridge. Lecturing at various venues throughout the country, Anne speaks to the issue of oceans in peril as seen through her 40 years of working underwater. Her work can be viewed on: http://www.annedoubilet.com

Emily Doubilet earned a degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. She lived in Madagascar while studying sustainable development, worked as a dive-master in Palau, and traveled the world on assignments with her National Geographic explorer-underwater photographer parents. She founded a business called Sustainable Party offering renewable and compostable eco-products for events. A partner company called Sustainable Package is in the works to replace non-renewable and wasteful packaging around the world. Visit http://www.sustainableparty.com

Ashlynn Manning is a classically trained singer with a music degree from Oberlin College. She grew up entertaining senior citizens with her mother, and began writing music at a young age. Inspired by her parent's experiences as performers on world cruise liners and Broadway tours, Ashlynn developed a passion for sailing and self-directed international travel. A determined advocate for arts education and healthful living, Ashlynn teaches voice and movement and practices healing arts. See http://www.suspiciouspackage.info/


Bad Brilliance, Director and Producer, is a walking, talking brand that creates music videos and artwork for musicians such as Girl Talk, Andrew W.K and Suspicious Package. He filmed, directed,co-produced the "Hummingbird" song and video. which has been accepted to MTV Online and National Geographic Online and can be viewed at:

http://www.mtvmusic.com/artist/suspicious_package/videos/521293/hummingbird
http://matrix.static.dev.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/music/countries-wm/Honduras/suspicious-package-hummingbird-wm.html

Date: 10/4/2010

Time: 6 PM

Location: New York City Headquarters

Member Ticket Price: No Charge

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

$5 w/ ID

Reservation Notes:

Payment must accompany reservation. Tickets are secured only when a credit card is provided at the time the reservation is made. Reservations made without a credit card are not secured and tickets will be forfeited by 6:50pm the evening of the lecture.

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