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Monday, June 22, 2009

Greenlanders become 'independent', all 58,000 of them!

Two years to the day after our expedition celebrated Greenland National Day in the village of Ittoqqortoormit, on the east coast of Greenland, Greenland is becoming quasi-independent. More in this article
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/22/world/europe/22greenland.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=greenland&st=cse

Let's watch this small (population) but large and important 'country' (size, Arctic location...) as it matures into a fully independent nation!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Jean-Michel Cousteau on Board of GreenCross France


I am happy to announce Green Cross France’s new Board of Directors. At the meeting in Paris on 2nd June, a new Board was elected with, as its Chairman, Mr. Jean-Michel Cousteau. In addition to being a Green Cross International (http://gci.ch/) Honorary Board Member, Jean-Michel Cousteau is a well-known and respected explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer (http://www.oceanfutures.org/). Educating people on water issues has been one of his focus areas. As the Executive Vice President of The Cousteau Society for nearly 20 years, and currently as the Founder and President of Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel travels the globe meeting with leaders and policymakers in governments and businesses, as well as with people at the grassroots level.

Other members of the GC France Board include Luc Hardy [that's me ;) - 2nd from right on photo], co-leader of the Pax Arctica expeditions, as secretary general; and Adam Koniuszewski [right], GCI Chief Operating Officer, as treasurer. Other Board members are Jean-Marie Martin, a former Director of the National Center for Scientific Research and a well known adviser on environment and sustainable development – also for the European Commission; and Jean-François Mermet [left], who has been the Deputy Mayor of Lyon and Vice-President of the Lyon city agglomeration for over two decades.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Explorers Club - Flag Report!


Upon returning from the Arctic last summer, we provided a full report to the Explorers Club. Our Flag report Flag# 61 is now live on the Explorers Club website site and can be viewed and downloaded at the following link: http://www.explorers.org/expeditions/reports/reports_2008.php
or click on:

Flag 61
PAX ARCTICA
July 4th-31st, 2008
Luc Hardy MR’08

ENJOY!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

HOME

Quand j'ai rencontré Yann Arthus-Bertrand à Resolute Bay au Nunavut l'été dernier, il finissait de filmer HOME. Par la suite, il a généreusement accepté de préfacer mon livre 'ARCTIC – Transitions'. « HOME » sortira simultanément, le 5 juin 2009, dans 126 pays, et sur tous les médias : cinéma, télévision, DVD et Internet.
En France, de nombreuses projections gratuites seront organisées en plein air. Les circuits UGC et CGR offriront une séance gratuite dans leurs meilleures salles.
Le DVD sera en vente à prix coûtant à la FNAC et le film sera accessible gratuitement en streaming sur You Tube.
France 2 – qui s’est dès l’origine engagée sur le projet – diffusera “HOME” dans sa version télévisuelle à 20 heures 30, la soirée se poursuivant par un débat.
Pour les Parisiens, une projection gratuite sur écran géant aura lieu au Champ-de-Mars à 22 heures, les pelouses étant ouvertes à tous dès 16 heures.
Ce film exceptionnel est un cri d’alerte et d’amour pour la planète, notre maison, notre “HOME” à tous. Il vise à contribuer à sa façon, c’est-à-dire de manière sensible et émotionnelle, au mouvement de prise de conscience des graves problèmes écologiques auxquels nous sommes confrontés et à nous inciter à agir.

Le 5 juin, agir, pour chacun d’entre nous, c’est simplement aller voir “HOME”.

http://www.home-2009.com/fr/index.html

To purchase my new book:

Arctic Transitions: Witness to Change - Young Ambassadors in Nunavut
Luc Hardy (Author, photos and text) - Foreword/Préface by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Hardcover - 144 pages, 400+ photos – English/French text (in the same book)
ISBN: 978-0974608020

Whether you are in the USA, Europe or Asia, you can order it at:
http://www.sagaxexpeditions.com/2US%20-%2011%20-%20Books%20-%20Arctic%20Transitions.html

In the USA you can also order on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/ARCTIC-TRANSITIONS-Witness-Ambassadors-Nunavut/dp/0974608025/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228507726&sr=8-1