The Expedition to Celebrate & Protect the Heart of the Coral Triangle
RAJA AMPAT ENVIRONS : 29 September -13 October 2018
ELYSIUM – ARTISTS FOR THE CORAL TRIANGLE engages the world’s finest artists, photographers, scientists, musicians, and writers to produce a benchmark record of the flora, fauna and vista of the HEART of marine biodiversity in a perspective no one has ever seen before.
As not everyone is able to go beneath the sea to experience the richness of the Coral Triangle, the job of Elysium is to bring the Coral Triangle to everyone, and to bring the issues of the ocean to all.
The mission of the Elysium team is to capture the lush and vibrant heart of the Coral Triangle, the beauty of this riveting epicentre of marine bio-diversity, from above and below in 2018, and condense it into one exquisite collection.
This imaging epic will inspire, invigorate and serve as a call for action to more fully understand and document the biodiversity of this region while highlighting the effects of climate change both now and in the near future.
Principal team members from previous Elysium expeditions will return, including but not limited to: Michael AW, Sylvia Earle PhD, Cabell Davis PhD, David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes, Leandro Blanco, Stuart Ireland and Ernie Brooks. Other lead team members will be Mark Erhmann PhD*, Gerry Allen PhD*, Carden Wallace PhD*. The scope of the expedition allow for a 62-member expedition team.
*To be confirmed
Images and research procured from the expedition will be assembled to produce a limited edition photographic book, video documentaries, and photographic index and a series of exhibition worldwide from 2019
Call to Action
The Unprecedented level of biodiversity in the Bird’s Head Peninsula can be more than partially attributed to the deep-water basins that surround the entire Coral Triangle. These basins have served as a barrier to environmental change throughout a substantial part of Earth’s geological history, shielding the Coral Triangle region from encroaching glaciers during our planet’s ice ages. Since cooling was mitigated by the protection of deep-water trenches, there was never a temperature-induced reduction in species diversity, meaning that life has continued to proliferate for millions of years. Conversely, these trenches also protect the Coral Triangle, and Raja Ampat in particular, from rising temperatures. But even with this incredible natural barrier, climate change is beginning to take hold.
If even a place as environmentally isolated as Raja Ampat is starting to feel the effects of climate change, we as stewards of our planet must listen to what this is telling us about our warming world and to act responsibly to protect it for the future. We are at a tipping point in terms of how much carbon we can add to the atmosphere without warming our planet so much that we significantly alter all life on Earth and throw ourselves into a downward spiral that cannot be stopped.
We call upon a special team to produce a momentous documentation of the Coral Triangle. Opportunities are now open for individuals who wish to participate in this benchmark expedition that will define a legacy of achievements, explorations and conservation of our planet. Participants should be passionate about our natural world and preferably possess artistic, and/or scientific and/or communication skills that may be of benefit to the mission of this project.
If you are a naturalist, scientist, photographer, artist or musician, consider securing YOUR LEGACY in the Elysium Heart of the Coral Triangle project by using your talent towards INSPIRING APPRECIATION AND LOVE FOR THE ARCTIC AND A GREATER AWARENESS OF THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE.