Environmental Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster to Explain Importance of Banning the Practice of Fracking

March 26, 2014

At the end of March, the GFDD Global Roundtables will be hosting noted oceans expert and longtime grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, Jon Bowermaster to discuss the importance of banning natural gas exploitation through hydraulic fracturing (or fracking – the controversial process of extracting natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth). Mr. Bowermaster will be speaking from his position as a writer, filmmaker and explorer with over 25
years’ experience working on environmental issues. During this session, Mr. Bowermaster will speak about his career as an environmental explorer and his latest film project Dear Governor Cuomo a concert protest film aimed at banning fracking from the state of New York.

About Jon Bowermaster
A noted oceans expert and long-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions
Council, Jon Bowermaster, is the founder of the “Oceans 8” project, a ten-year long series of expeditions around the world’s oceans. Born out of his desire to study the health of the oceans and the nearly 3 billion people who depend on them, Oceans 8 enabled Jon and his team of photographers, scientists and filmmakers, to reach rarely seen corners of the world and provide the public with much-needed, and unique information about the state of the
world’s oceans. The latest films from Jon and his team continue to garner praise. "Terra Antarctica, Re-Discovering the Seventh Continent" documenting a six-week long exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula by sail and sea kayak won "Best Ocean Issues" award from the Blue Ocean Film Festival. His other feature, "What Would Darwin Think? Man
v. Nature in the Galapagos
" showcases the impact of tourism over the wildlife reserve that is Galapagos. The film was awarded "Best Environmental Film" at the Vancouver International Film Festival and was screened last September during the GFDD’s third Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF), an event that Jon attended and for which he gave a workshop on the topic entitled “How
‘Ecofriendly’ is Ecotourism?”

The session will be structured as an interactive discussion between Jon Bowermaster and GFDD’s Executive Director, Ms. Natasha Despotovic that will be streamed on The Foundations’ websites.

About the Global Roundtables
In close association with the United Nations, the Mission of
the Dominican Republic to the UN, GFDD organizes regular meetings with UN Ambassadors and other prominent figures in the international community in an effort to spread the news, knowledge and understanding of other countries, global issues and work of different United Nations bodies to its audience in the Dominican Republic, the US and around the world.

The regular series, GFDD Global Roundtables is also a part of GFDD’s program to support the work of the United
Nations and, as a non-governmental institution affiliated to it, contribute to the visibility and understanding of its work.

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