About ElysiumIn 2015 a team of explorers, photographers and scientists journeyed to
the High Arctic of Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland to document the
visible environmental changes caused by a warming climate. Together they
created Elysium Arctic, a marriage of art and science capturing the
threatened icons of the polar north – majestic icebergs and glaciers,
playful wildlife and stunning views of land and sea.
The Elysium team saw the devastating impact of climate change in the earth's northernmost region and are sharing the message of what they witnessed with the wider world.
Mixing artists and scientists with a common objective – exploring and celebrating the Arctic – has the magical effect of amplifying the power of both.
Dr Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer and Chief Scientist of Elysium Arctic
Whatever you choose to do with your life, you can – and should – explore the world
Dr Sylvia Earle
Dr Sylvia Earle celebrated her 80th birthday by snorkelling in the Arctic Ocean. Image Michael AW, Svalbard, 2015
Sylvia’s tenacity helped her overcome challenges and break world
records. In 1968, Sylvia made history by becoming the first woman to
pilot and ‘lock out’ (enter and leave the chamber) of a submersible –
while she was four months pregnant with her third child! In 1979, she
set the record for the deepest untethered seafloor walk in a metal ‘JIM’
suit, descending 381m underwater off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.
Today, Sylvia is a respected scientist, educator and founder of ocean conservation program Mission Blue. She celebrated her 80th birthday on the Elysium Arctic expedition with cake and a snorkel in the world’s northernmost waters.
We know James Cook as a great cartographer and navigator, but what do we know about the man himself? And what do we know of the botanist Joseph Banks and others on the Endeavour voyage? Who was Tupaia the Polynesian who joined Cook's crew? Here you can find out more about the people who joined the Endeavour crew and those who influenced the voyage.
To start with 'we know James Cook as a great cartographer and navigator' is assumed knowledge. It would be good if a sentence or so is dedicated to exactly why Cook is specifically known for this. Either that or just start with 'Who was Cook?' or something similar and then later expand why he is known for this.
Suggested recast: Here you can find out more about the people on board Endeavour and those who influenced the voyage.
The gravest danger lies in inaction. Our narrow window of opportunity to avert unimaginable harm is rapidly shrinking, along with the Arctic sea ice. However, there are things you can do right now that can help slow these global climate changes.
Michael AW, Principal Photographer
Launching the Video Plankton Recorder to investigate Arctic plankton population levels. Image Pu Wen Foo, Svalbard, 2015.
The Elysium team works on the Video Plankton Recorder. Image Pu Wen Foo, Svalbard, 2015
Can you make a change and help save our oceans?
Love Elysium Arctic? Create and learn with our fun-filled arts and craft activities perfect for kids inspired by the exhibition. Listen to legendary oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle as she shares her own stories and hopes for the future of the world's ocean.