Into The Cold's Sebastian Copeland Journeys Across Greenland's Melting Glaciers

The Explorer and Environmental Advocate Raises Awareness of Global Warming with New Excursion

May 28, 2010, 03:00 ET from ID-PR

LOS ANGELES, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Adventurer, filmmaker, and environmentalist, Sebastian Copeland has embarked on a 1,367 mile trip across Greenland via kite-ski to help raise awareness about the effects of global warming on Greenland's climate. It is a sense of urgency which drives Copeland to cross Greenland's melting ice cap and document his exciting, yet, sobering journey over the next 40 to 50 days as he travels the majestic landscape from south to north.

"Greenland's melting ice cap sits on solid ground above sea level and releases fresh water into the ocean," said Copeland. "The Greenland ice cap has the potential to raise ocean levels by as much as 20 feet. As a result, the amount of methane released would cause an exponential acceleration of the world's temperature, challenging human life as we know it."

Copeland hopes to raise awareness to the fragile state of Greenland's climate, as well as draw attention to the possible hazardous effects of the current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on the Arctic. The magnitude of the disastrous oil spill off the coast of Louisiana begs the question of the effects of recent legislation passed which allows drilling in the Arctic. As difficult as it is to clean an oil spill in the open sea, oil is virtually impossible to clean when trapped in ice. Merely a frozen crust on the surface of the ocean, the Arctic sea moves, shifts, and melts at the mercy of external conditions such as winds, currents, tides and temperatures. These shifting conditions would cause the spill to spread in a trapped mass until it melts over thousands, possibly millions of square miles - catastrophic to the Arctic biosphere and beyond.


As an award-winning photographer, author, lecturer, and environmental activist, Sebastian Copeland has made the fight for the protection of the environment his life's work, in a way few have imagined. In 2009, Copeland, a board member and tireless advocate for Global Green, traveled the Arctic with expedition partner Keith Heger on a journey to reach the North Pole in hopes of raising awareness on climate change and its effects on the Arctic. The outcome of this voyage is the riveting documentary Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul. As an international speaker on climate crisis for over a decade, Copeland has addressed audiences at the United Nations, the World Affairs Council, the General Assembly on Climate in New Orleans, the George Eastman House, Google Headquarters and to Apple's Senior Design Team amongst others. He has appeared on Larry King Live, NPR, Air America, and Al Gore's Current TV as a champion of environmental causes.

Trailer to his film INTO THE COLD: A JOURNEY OF THE SOUL which recently premiered at Tribeca:

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