Standing by our Mother

heye all

the other night Rochester School for the Deaf had a fabulous German presenter, photographer, conservationist, environmentalist and crazy guy, Florian Schulz, as part of their annual Adventures in Education fundraiser.

See D and C article

Every time we attend these events, we always leave joyful and hopeful.  Mostly because its so good to see folks out there who really love our mother (nature) and really are working so so hard using their passion, time, talent, dedication, and big hearts to do good to and for the things that surround us while we still got a chance to do this good work. has tons of samples of his photography work and the Freedom 2 Roam projects:

Yellowstone to Yukon

Baja to Beaufort

that he and his Mexican wife Emil Herrera-Schulz have been dedicating themselves to.  It is notable that both of them hail from countries very far away from the landscape and waters of the U.S. that they are working so hard to care for.  Their dedication to making the invisible visible before its too late is beyond commendable.  Their devotion to standing by our mother (nature) and not being a bystander who walks all over her and trashes her or simply performs lip-service to her is inspiring.

They have made me think long and hard about our roles in being the change we want to see in the world and doing – not just talking.  And making stuff tangible and real.  And getting me to take longer walks in the woods.  They also made me think of how Florian learned to talk to grizzly bears from the Blackfeet (especially in light of the fact that a black bear took a stroll on RIT’s campus yesterday) and how the language was not internationally accepted or appreciated when he tried it on a Polar Bear.

So if u got time and heart – visit his stie – they have oodles and oodles of his amazing photograghy and information about his projects for wildlife corridors (one on land and one by sea) and land bridges over highways for animals to cross over safely.  There is much much more so check it out.

By all accounts the students had a phenomenal time learning about animals, nature, conservation, and photography – RSD always does an amazing job pre-teaching before the vip guests come to campus and each time the guests always remark on how amazing, inquisitive, and engaging the RSD students are.

not directly related but related:

if u got time – check out Karen Mayes blog entry re: Bystanders – it is not about conservation as it is about the detriments of being neutral in the face of bullying, threats, and injustice.  Florian and Emil are working tirelessly for humans to  not be bystanders to our ecosystem which in turn affects our biodiversity which in turn affects EVERYTHING.

So to our mother – I’m pretty dang sorry.  I don’t know what to do beyond the organic farm cooperative, recycling, compositing, turning lights off, and walking more but im sure u will show me a way to do more.

Thank u RSD and Florian and Emil – ya give me hope!




3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen Mayes
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 22:32:20

    Yup… RSD has a wonderful program called Adventures in Education in which the notable professional who have contributed a lot to the increasing awareness of the environment are invited to RSD every year.

    I attended the presentation and I really enjoyed it. I learned about migration, why it was essential to the ecosystem and how it affected the food chain… on land AND in water (whales do migrate, same as dophins…same as caribous, zebras, etc. on land.) I really enjoyed watching how they interacted with putting the baby caribou back to its mother and the awesome flight of an owl. I had no idea why we needed migration until Florian explained it… I see that we are taking up lots of space through the development of buildings, altering the face of the landscape… which change the tracks of migration a big time… so wild animals are more or less clustered up in the northwestern part of North America, hm. And we don’t do anything about it. We need education (I learned about migration at the age of 45 years old… why it played a necessary part of the food chain and ecosystem.)

    So we do need education for the positive changes in the communities and to realize how big impact we have on the environment. Our ignorance hurts.

  2. Karen Mayes
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 22:44:44

    What I meant to say is that the animals need us and we need them… we all are interrelated.

  3. handeyes
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 01:28:09

    karen –

    love all u wrote

    yes we r totally inter-connected

    re: migration – not sure if u saw the nature film Winged Migration – it showed here at the planetarium many years ago – A WOW FILM! maybe its in the library but i found a nice website – it has great interactive stuff re: the winged migration patterns

    i learned so much from that film but as i said it was several years ago – we should be seeing these kinds of things daily – not just when there are oil spills and such

    if folks go to the main page of Florian’s website and scroll down quickly before the photo rotates – there is a phenomenal shot of mantra ray migrations – with one leaping out of the ocean. I had no idea they migrated in such large groups.

    the more i learn about our inter-dependence and the eco system and bio diversity in animals, plantlife, and human beings – always think of chief seattle’s speech

    thanks for ur comment and for getting me thinking about standing by our nature and not looking the other way



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