Monday, September 1, 2014

Check out REALITY's New Website

Thanks to the Earth Youth Environmental Society's newly minted Geek Squad, we're proud to announce the launch of our upcoming film's website and facebook page. As our team continues to work on REALITY, we have created a website where the public can sign up to watch the movie, learn more about the issue or join in our campaign to make sure the world watches this groundbreaking film.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Join us for the People's Climate March in NYC


In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

The
EYESFILMS team will be attending to capture history in the making as the largest climate march ever takes place in NYC on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Join us for the People's Climate March to show your support for climate action at www.peoplesclimate.org/march!

For more information, please contact march@earthyes.org.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Protect the Poles, Protect the Planet

By Leah Davidson


In 2011, I received a scholarship to travel to the Antarctic with a Canadian-based organization called Students on Ice, which takes high school students to the polar regions on educational expeditions. For two weeks, I conducted science experiments, listened to lectures from polar experts, studied animal behaviors, and fell absolutely in love with this beautiful continent.

Why is Antarctica so important?
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  • Antarctica is a fascinating ecosystem containing valuable natural resources, including 70% of Earth’s fresh water. Antarctica is also an environment of extremes, as the coldest, windiest, and driest continent on the planet. It represents one of the last true wilderness areas, where animals approach humans without fear and you feel completely distanced from modern civilization.  
  • Devoted to peace and science, Antarctica is a rare symbol of international cooperation. According to the Antarctic Treaty, signed in 1959, it is illegal to hunt, fish, mine, and pollute on Antarctic territory. Today, around 50 countries have ratified this treaty and agreed to protect the continent.
  • Antarctica is affected by climate change. Due to Antarctica’s geographic location, the temperature is rising at several times the rate of the global average. When we visited Palmer Station, one of the American research bases, the scientists explained that the Adelie penguin population in the area has plummeted and warmer-water species, like Gentoos and fur seals, have taken its place. 


What can you do?
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While watching humpback whales glide through perfectly reflective water and our ship pass tabular icebergs illuminated by the glow of the sun, I started to recognize the transformational effect of natural beauty. After returning home to Sherbrooke, Canada, I put together an arts-based anthology called Antarctica: To Be Inspired with the photography and writing of the students and staff on the expedition. My friends and I have also partnered with eco-friendly companies to launch a campaign called Act for Antarctica. We have donated copies of this book to schools and youth groups and given multimedia presentations, with the hope of educating youth about Antarctica and motivating them to undertake environmental acts. Over 1000 students have participated, submitting acts ranging from park cleanups and tree planting activities to film screenings of March of the Penguins. We hope to convey the message that ecosystems are interconnected; therefore, everything you do on a local level contributes to the preservation of Antarctica for generations to come. 

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-(Leah Davidson is a student at the University of Pennsylvania and a participant in the Students on Ice expeditions to Antarctica.)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Director Applications Are Now Open!

The Earth Youth Environmental Society is now accepting applications for the Director of Operations and Director of Membership positions on the Board of Directors. Both positions are very critical to the operations of E.Y.E.S. and we are looking for the best people to hold them.

Please see eligibility guidelines and apply at www.earthyes.org/board-application. If you have any questions or comments regarding the application and selection process, feel free to contact adminstration@earthyes.org. Thanks!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

REALITY will be released Spring 2015

A decade after Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," the debate over whether Climate Change is caused by humans goes on. In REALITY, the EYES Films Team looks into the politics of the debate and its consequences and uncovers the truth about where we stand today on this increasingly urgent issue. With all the facts laid out and interviews with the biggest names in the Climate Movement, this documentary will be the most important video since "An Inconvenient Truth" itself.

Since REALITY is being solely produced by high school students, the films team lacks the funding needed to effectively get the message out. To support the making of this film, please visit films.earthyes.org/support. Thank you.

Feel free to contact films@earthyes.org with questions, concerns, or suggestions.