Book Launch Event in Los Angeles to Celebrate the Release of Sebastian’s New Book
October 29, 2015 — Los Angeles, California
The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills was host to the Los Angeles launch of Sebastian’s new book Arctica: The Vanishing North. With a mix of environmental personality and celebrities, Sebastian spoke on the changing Arctic captured and in support of Global Green USA. Los Angeles über environmentalist and actor Ed Begley Jr., Billy Zane, Orlando Bloom, Peter Mensah, Veronica Ferres, Thomas Kretchsmann and LA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Matt Petersen were some of the many who showed up in support of the book’s launch.
Here Sebastian talks about perceptions on climate, his cousin Orlando and the new book.
Billy Zane speaks eloquently about climate change perceptions and gives a nod:
Peter Mensah shares nice words and why he cares:
Representing ten years of travel in the Arctic spanning Greenland, Alaska, Northern Canada and Norway, not to speak of the Arctic sea ice on the way to the North Pole, Arctica: The Vanishing North is a visual testament of the far north. Contributors include Sir Richard Branson, who penned the foreword, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Dr. Andrew Weaver, Dr. Ted Scambos both IPCC lead writers, Sheila Watt Cloutier (Inuit Advocate) and Børge Ousland (Norwegian explorer).
Coming at a whopping 7.9 pounds, this volume was made carbon neutral by Climate Partners. Says Sebastian: “I am very proud of this book. It is my most accomplished work. It is a visual tour of a part of the world that hardly anyone has ever witnessed”.
The book is released globally by the TeNeues Publishing, and will be available in 70 markets from Fall 2015.
You can see a preview here
Men’s Journal released its list of the 50 Most Adventurous Men. Sebastian was humbled and honored to be listed among many of his heroes. It is hard to compile such a list when so many others feel like they are missing.
Still, this reinforces his conviction that adventure and awareness work hand in a hand in the current climate crisis. As Sebastian has said: “we face an ‘all hands on deck’ moment if we are to reclaim our history and rewrite a happy ending for our children’s generation”.
It is also great encouragement for Sebastian’s THE LAST GREAT MARCH–NORTH POLE 2016 mission–unsupported, unassisted walk from land to the geographic North Pole with partner Mark George. Stay tuned for more on that!
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Sebastian’s documentary chronicling his and Eric McNair-Landry’s record setting crossing of Greenland will play at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival on February 14th, 2015. This will be the first official screening of the film which was co-produced by Red Bull Media House. Across The Ice–The Greenland Victory March (2015) will be released later this year on DVD.
The expedition, covering 2300 km of the Greenland’s south to north axis on skis and kites, lasted 42 days. The team faced a ferocious storm which had them pinned down in their tents for seven consecutive days and nights! On June 5, 2010, the team completed a 24 hour run which netted them a new Guinness Book World Record for the longest distance traveled in 24 hours, with 595km. The riveting blog from the expedition can be read on this very site, here!
You can view a trailer of the film by visiting the festival’s webpage here.More
If you are in Geneva this week, consider stopping by the art fair Art Geneve where Sebastian’s work will be on display at the Bernheimer Gallery booth, along side Irvin Penn, Host P. Horst and Annie Leibovitz.
Below is one of Sebastian’s photographs, presented at the fair, depicting a night on the Greenland ice sheet. This image N71°28 W62°20 — Greenland Sky Two is edition 1/10 in size 63X44 inches.
Video Librarian Lists Into The Cold one of 2013’s Top Documentaries.
Sebastian Copeland’s North Pole documentary made the coveted Video Librarian’s Top 25 Documentaries List for 2013 alongside Searching For Sugarman and We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks.
Into The Cold–A Journey Of The Soul (2011) retraces two men’s journey on foot to the North Pole to commemorate Admiral’s Peary’s centennial reach in 1909. Directed by Sebastian Copeland, the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is now playing on Netfilx in the US, and is available with a special limited edition DVD on this website.
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Sebastian and SEDNA Foundation win the prestigious 2014 Good Design Award
GOOD DESIGN™ was founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. to promote and foster a greater public understanding and acceptance for Modern Design.
The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design selected Sebastian and the SEDNA Foundation among hundreds of submissions from around the world.
The Green Good Design identifies and emphasizes the world’s most important firms and leaders forwarding a new emphasis on ecology, sustainable design and the environment worldwide.
Recent previous recipients include: the Kingdom of Sweden, the City of Madrid, Architecture for Humanity, and numerous international manufacturers from BMW to Mercedes-Benz.
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New findings: West Antarctic Ice Sheet is inherently vulnerable to change and creates “unstoppable” ocean rise.
This report on NASA’s new study, led by glaciologist Eric Rignot at NASA’s JPL and the of UC Irvine, points to dramatic and “unstoppable” melting and contribution of the West Antarctica ice sheet to ocean levels. The gist is that the grounding line–the point at which ice and ocean meet below the waterline–is receding as it erodes the ice below the surface with warm water, essentially transforming glacial ice mass into ice shelves.
This finding, which represents decades of research from NASA, points to ice valleys around the Pine island glacier in West Antarctica among six others in the Amundsen Sea region which are below sea level for hundreds of kilometers inland. This sets a positive feedback of receding grounding line for that entire regions for six similar glaciers. With no hill below the ice to slow or stop the water from eroding the ice, there is no way of effectively stop the melting of the Antarctica ice over the next couple of centuries, which alone will contribute to four feet of global ocean rise.
To further this dramatic finding, the positive loop on other regions of the world such as the East Antarctic ice or the Greenland ice sheet will affect the configuration of other ice shelves further increasing ocean rise over the coming century.
The full recorded report including media questions can be heard here.
A digest of those findings can be read here.More