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Peter Ralston, noted photographer and co-founder of the Island Institute, roamed far last summer . . . all the way to Greenland and the fabled Northwest Passage. It was a trip of epic proportions aboard a friend’s yacht, which Ralston describes as “a privileged front-row seat in the most dramatic theater of rapid climate change on the planet.”
“Climate change is obviously not a ‘hoax;’ the core questions are to what extent are we actually culpable as well as what can we as a species do about our contribution to it all,” Ralston says. “There were many lessons to be learned up north that can be applied to our own changing Gulf of Maine and the fisheries that support so many here.”
Ralston’s photographs document the austere and severe beauty of the landscape, as well as Inuit villages and hunting camps, polar bears, and whales, all under the midnight sun. It was truly the trip of a lifetime.
The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP).