Ocean Love: Cleaning Up Our Plastic Mess | Carol Devine | TEDxMontrealWomen
When we put our trash on the curbside, where do we imagine it goes? It is making its way to the north and south poles. Are we ok with this? I am a global and earth health activist and researcher. I can’t help but see of parallels in health challenges in the global North as in some low and middle-income countries in the global south such as access to health care, impact of climate change, remote medicine and decentralized and adapted community health responses. I have a love for polar regions, led a small civilian clean up expedition to the Antarctic in collaboration with The Russian Antarctic Expedition and spent years reading and writing about the Antarctic as a social scientist. The book I co-uthored, The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning, is a record of that stewardship expedition.
Now I’m looking North and have started learning about circumpolar health and wellbeing for four million people living in the Arctic. I was a fellow of Arctic Summer College and presented on their behalf at the Arctic Circle Forum in Iceland in October 2016. I participated in a clean up in Svalbard, Norway above the Arctic Circle and brought home a survey marine debris from that trip which is now collected by the Canada Science and Technology Museum and is photographed in an exhibit she photographed, Aquamess: Portraits of Garbage at the top of the World. Aquamess has exhibited in a group show at The New York Hall of Science and is in an upcoming exhibit Photograph As Response, at The Centre for Fine Art Photography, Colorado. Previous I have also worked with The Museum of AIDS in Africa (Program Manager and Strategic Advisor), The Stephen Lewis Foundation (researcher, rapporteur and co-facilitator) and with Dignitas International (Policy Advisor). I have an MSc degree in The Politics of Rights, Faculty of Economics (London University) and an undergraduate degree in from McGill University. Currently I am Humanitarian Affairs Advisor with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) Canada. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx