The Canadian biologist, filmmaker and explorer, Mr. Jean Lemire, has been appointed as Honorary Ambassador for The Green Wave.
In 2007, Jean was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to raising public awareness of key environmental issues. In 2006 he completed a 15-month voyage to the Antarctic on the Sedna IV, a unique 51 metre full-rigged yacht with high-precision scientific and filming equipment. The voyage was documented in the film The Last Continent. Students in hundreds of schools followed the expedition through satellite and internet links to learn about the vulnerability of marine and polar ecosystems. His next multi-year voyage on Sedna IV, planned to begin in the fall of 2010, will focus on biodiversity and involve schools and communities taking part in The Green Wave.
It is to help carry The Green Wave message around the world and across oceans that Jean Lemire has been appointed as Ambassador of the campaign. On learning of his appointment, Jean said, “It is an honour and pleasure for me to accept the appointment as Ambassador for The Green Wave. The project is a perfect complement to my personal mission to stimulate reflection on the world in which we live and stimulate action to safeguard it. The Green Wave can help give children and youth the will to care for biodiversity and take actions to sustain the living earth”.
Messages of congratulation have been received from Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister, Line Beauchamp, Quebec’s Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks and Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
See Jean Lemire’s video message on the importance of involving youth in safeguarding biodiversity.