2015. A year in review for Keri Coles Photography.

I had a couple incredibly brilliant work trips this year: a ship tour with Greenpeace, and one to Paris to cover the UN Climate Conference with DeSmog. In contrast to some years past, it was a fairly uplifting year to be doing environmental work in Canada (Shell pulled out of the Arctic, Canada got a new government, Northern Gateway was killed, and the Paris Climate talks are being lauded by most as a success). We aren’t used to celebrating this much!

I met so many beautiful, courageous, and inspiring souls along the way. Greenpeace crew, campaign team, delegates and activists, thank you for bringing me on board. I had no idea you could pack that much adventure, connection, intensity, laughter, camaraderie, education, love, delicious food, and beauty into a ship. What a mobile gem of an international community. I think of you all often and with a giant grin on my face.


This first slideshow is the second leg of the ship tour and involved training and an action against Shell’s oil rig, Polar Pioneer, as it made its way up to the Arctic to start drilling.

The next slideshow is the first leg of the ship tour which sailed to Haida Gwaii and back with a First Nations delegation that included Taylor George-Hollis from the Squamish Nation, Candace Campo from the Shíshálh Nation, Audrey Siegl from the Musqueam Nation, Victor Thompson from the Haida Nation, Robert Holler from the Anishinabe Nation, and Mike Auger from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Alberta. The tour was to to help connect coastal communities who are already opposing pipelines and tankers to the global fight against Arctic oil drilling. This leg was my favorite. While I adored the action and adrenaline of the second leg, this first trip was unbeatable with the people, the culture, and the stunning environment.

UN Climate Conference in Paris. What an intense experience. I wished I could clone my body 20 times over so that I could get to more of the events. So much happening all at the same time. I was really grateful to be able to meet up with the lovely Naomi Devine who is a seasoned pro at the COPs and she gave me some great pointers for next time. I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Carol Linnitt and Emma Gilchrist for making it a reality.

And to wrap-up here are some highlights from the rest of the year.

Ice Watch Paris during COP21

Ice Watch Paris.
Jet lag had me wandering the streets of Paris last night in the wee hours of the morning. I had heard rumors of an Arctic ice installation somewhere in Paris but I wasn’t sure where it was. As I rounded the corner to Place du Panthéon I almost started to cry. That is not the reaction I was expecting to have but the giant pieces of Arctic ice were so beautiful that they literally took my breath away. Two things made the experience extra moving. One, was that it was the middle of the night so I was fortunate enough to be able to experience them in solitude. And two, they were backlit by floodlights so you could see all the intricate layers of detail throughout the ice that you may lose out on in the broad daylight. The installation was a collaboration between artist Olafur Eliasson and scientist Minik Rosing. They harvested the 80 tons of glacier ice from Greenland and brought them into Paris during COP21 to melt to highlight the ongoing effects of climate change and global warming. For more information on the project you can go to icewatchparis.com












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