Taking Back Our Natural World
From April through June, we are focusing on Climate Change with an exhibit, a number of informational seminars, and more.
Taking Back Our Natural World
This exhibit will deal with climate change, probably the most important issue facing our world… ever!
We all know that climate change is with us now. The evidence is around us in more wild fires, less arctic ice, thawing of the permafrost, a retreat of the world’s glaciers, species disappearing or moving their range, severe flooding and drought that will cause mass
migrations of people on a level that we’ve not seen before.
Indigenous elders have spoken out on every continent. Living close to nature, they see that temperatures have risen to the point that feed for reindeer has vanished, that without sea ice, seals cannot safely birth or raise their young, that glaciers have retreated by miles, thus driving more change to weather patterns. Are we hearing their concerns?
Thousands of youth have rallied in the streets. They want answers as to what we plan to do. How will we respond?
Man has changed earth dramatically. Can we stop this course we’re on? And can we do it in time?
‘Taking Back Our Natural World’ runs until June 22nd.
In conjunction with the exhibit, we will be running a number of seminars and workshops.
Coming up in early June
Afternoon & evening presentations by IISD Experimental Lakes Area on the impact of climate change on local lakes (water temperatures and clarity, and effects on fish, algae bloom, mercury);
Composting by Peter Kirby;
Effects of climate change on insurance by Myles Kuharski, Gillons;
All workshops are free to the public, but space will be limited, so pre-registration will be required. We will advertise once we pin down dates and times.
In addition, we have plans to show Edward Burtynsky’s film, Anthropocene: the Human Epoch, an award winning documentary on climate change. Exhibitions of Edward Burtynsky’s photographs are making the rounds at the world’s most famous art galleries. We are very pleased that 20 of these photographs are included in Taking Back Our Natural World, courtesy of Edward Burtynsky.
Hope to see you out! At the museum until June 22nd.
'Rainy River Valley: Beginnings'
Please be sure to get your copy of 'Rainy River Valley: Beginnings', featuring the work of photographer, William Hampden Tener, who resided here in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Researched and organized by historian and author, Merv Ahrens, the book is an invaluable collection of images from our past, particularly as it portrays our community at work and play. The book is available at the Museum and Betty's of Fort Frances for $25.
With the assistance of Sandra Brunetta, we are gathering the personal histories of our residents. If you would like to help out, the form is below. This should be used as a guide only as each person is different. Once collected, we hope you will leave a copy with the museum. Thank you.
Capital improvements - thanks to both the federal and provincial governments!