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International Symposium

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VOTO in Upstate New York with Special Guest Phil Demers from Marineland

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Please join us in Rochester for this event May 3rd!

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Diane DiGravio's curator insight, March 27, 2014 4:58 AM

May 3rd Rochester, NY

Kodak Center for Performing Arts-200 West Ridge Road

7-9:00 PM

 

An International Symposium driven by a passion to make change-This is how it all began!

 

I am a huge animal and environmental advocate and am very involved with wildlife rescue/transport. I have been at this for 27 years...in those years, I have rescued animals from petting zoos and flown them to sanctuaries all over the US, opened up a high volume spay/neuter clinic, took huge interest in helping to preserve the rainforests and have led several groups of students through the rainforests of Costa Rica. What's neat about these experiences is that as an educator, you can relate them in some "way, shape or form" to your curriculum and as a result makes it so "real world" to your students. During a discussion this past fall on the impacts human have on our environment, I looked for ways to be able to play the recently released "Blackfish" documentary to my classes. I was patiently waiting for its release since I heard of it last year! In doing some research on this, I discovered that the work was already done for me and that classrooms around the US were using this documentary in a variety of curricular areas to meet Anchor Standards in the Common Core. I decided to use what was out there already and played this documentary to my classes.

I was not prepared for my students' extremely high level of interest. Within the days that followed their viewing of the documentary, they completely overwhelmed me with questions and enthusiasm for how they could make change for orcas in captivity. It was emotional for me to see the response I had received from my students especially since the documentary impacted me in the same manner! The documentary, which was so tastefully put together, has now embedded itself across the globe and is being talked about in classrooms everywhere. It's message rings loud and clear!

In a nutshell, this documentary has touched my life in so many ways that I wanted to share this education on a larger scale. I enlisted the help of my dear friend Martha Sullivan, a long time advocate for animals, to brainstorm ways to share the "Blackfish message" with a larger population.  We decided a symposium would be a key way to get our message out there.  We reached out to the Blackfish cast members/ex SeaWorld Trainers to come here to Rochester for our symposium and we have commitment from four of them (Sam Berg, Jeffrey Ventre, Carol Ray and John Jett) . Also participating in this event is Phil Demers, from Canada and ex-trainer for Marineland. I originally booked our school's auditorium for this event but believe that this event will draw many more people than our auditorium will hold. We have now reserved Kodak Center for Performing Arts (Formerly Theater on the Ridge http://oggimusic.net/Venues.php .) Some of my former students will be speaking and participating in the event. They will address our audience and share with them their previous conservation efforts and their passion for making change. Their message will be "one voice can change the world forever!" We are hoping that journalists, reporters, animal lovers and conservationists will join us at this event from coast to coast and Canada. This will not be a showing of the documentary but it will be somewhat of an organic discussion (Question/Answer) guided by topics involving ecosystems, human impact, affects of captivity, future solutions of education of marine life etc. This is the biggest thing I have ever done in both education and conservation.


This event is driven by our passion to make change in the lives of so many helpless creatures and to educate the public that they too have a voice! This is some powerful education and there is so much that the public is unaware of. The event is May 3rd. Free admission :) Please see the attachment, and please visit my event facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/238476343003003/   This event is not a school sponsored event but rather-it was something that was personal and driven by our passion to make change!


This a great opportunity for the younger generation to learn what they can do to make change for animals, our environment and a more hopeful future in conservation. Martha and I look forward to seeing you there!

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DAILY VOICE: SEN. BALL PROPOSES BILL INSPIRED BY DOCUMENTARY ‘BLACKFISH’ | New York State Senate

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PETA Lawyer: Making the Case Against Killer Whales in Captivity - Harvard Law Record

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RT @diamonddt: MT @mobrock SIGN TO SUPPORT the PROHIBITION of orca captivity in NEW YORK! http://t.co/p4GTwGDXDe … #Blackfish
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Millions support 'Blackfish' bill

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The impact of Dogwoof documentary Blackfish has continued to grow since release, as this week a peice of Californian legislation inspired by the film amassed ov (Millions support 'Blackfish' bill in California & New York
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International Symposium

International Symposium | Blackfish Brigade-Voice of the Orcas in Upstate New York | Scoop.it

VOTO in Upstate New York with Special Guest Phil Demers from Marineland

Diane DiGravio's insight:

May 3rd Rochester, NY

Kodak Center for Performing Arts-200 West Ridge Road

7-9:00 PM

 

An International Symposium driven by a passion to make change-This is how it all began!

 

I am a huge animal and environmental advocate and am very involved with wildlife rescue/transport. I have been at this for 27 years...in those years, I have rescued animals from petting zoos and flown them to sanctuaries all over the US, opened up a high volume spay/neuter clinic, took huge interest in helping to preserve the rainforests and have led several groups of students through the rainforests of Costa Rica. What's neat about these experiences is that as an educator, you can relate them in some "way, shape or form" to your curriculum and as a result makes it so "real world" to your students. During a discussion this past fall on the impacts human have on our environment, I looked for ways to be able to play the recently released "Blackfish" documentary to my classes. I was patiently waiting for its release since I heard of it last year! In doing some research on this, I discovered that the work was already done for me and that classrooms around the US were using this documentary in a variety of curricular areas to meet Anchor Standards in the Common Core. I decided to use what was out there already and played this documentary to my classes.

I was not prepared for my students' extremely high level of interest. Within the days that followed their viewing of the documentary, they completely overwhelmed me with questions and enthusiasm for how they could make change for orcas in captivity. It was emotional for me to see the response I had received from my students especially since the documentary impacted me in the same manner! The documentary, which was so tastefully put together, has now embedded itself across the globe and is being talked about in classrooms everywhere. It's message rings loud and clear!

In a nutshell, this documentary has touched my life in so many ways that I wanted to share this education on a larger scale. I enlisted the help of my dear friend Martha Sullivan, a long time advocate for animals, to brainstorm ways to share the "Blackfish message" with a larger population.  We decided a symposium would be a key way to get our message out there.  We reached out to the Blackfish cast members/ex SeaWorld Trainers to come here to Rochester for our symposium and we have commitment from four of them (Sam Berg, Jeffrey Ventre, Carol Ray and John Jett) . Also participating in this event is Phil Demers, from Canada and ex-trainer for Marineland. I originally booked our school's auditorium for this event but believe that this event will draw many more people than our auditorium will hold. We have now reserved Kodak Center for Performing Arts (Formerly Theater on the Ridge http://oggimusic.net/Venues.php .) Some of my former students will be speaking and participating in the event. They will address our audience and share with them their previous conservation efforts and their passion for making change. Their message will be "one voice can change the world forever!" We are hoping that journalists, reporters, animal lovers and conservationists will join us at this event from coast to coast and Canada. This will not be a showing of the documentary but it will be somewhat of an organic discussion (Question/Answer) guided by topics involving ecosystems, human impact, affects of captivity, future solutions of education of marine life etc. This is the biggest thing I have ever done in both education and conservation.


This event is driven by our passion to make change in the lives of so many helpless creatures and to educate the public that they too have a voice! This is some powerful education and there is so much that the public is unaware of. The event is May 3rd. Free admission :) Please see the attachment, and please visit my event facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/events/238476343003003/   This event is not a school sponsored event but rather-it was something that was personal and driven by our passion to make change!


This a great opportunity for the younger generation to learn what they can do to make change for animals, our environment and a more hopeful future in conservation. Martha and I look forward to seeing you there!

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Diane DiGravio's curator insight, March 29, 2014 4:34 PM

Please join us in Rochester for this event May 3rd!