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SEBASTIAN COPELAND | SEDNA Foundation

SEBASTIAN COPELAND WINS GREEN GOOD DESIGN 2014


SEBASTIAN COPELAND | SEDNA Foundation
Los Angeles, California, USA


Sebastian Copeland has been reporting from the front lines of climate change for the last fifteen years. An expert of the polar region, Sebastian’s unique advocacy efforts have led to extensive travel across the Arctic sea ice, the Greenland ice sheet and throughout Antarctica. With the SEDNA foundation, which he founded to raise the alarm on the vulnerable state of the Polar region, Sebastian has used his artistic and athletic abilities to educate and reach into the heart of his global audience, filming and photographing the harshest yet fragile glacial environments. Based on the simple premise that we will not save what we do not love, Sebastian’s mission is to help people fall in love with their world, in order to help preserve the delicate balance that has sustained us. 

The exponential growth in demographics, with its commensurate resource consumption and energy use have set humanity on a collision course with Nature, requiring an urgent and global commitment to the principles of sustainable development.  Armed with a camera, 8,000 kilometers’ worth of polar travel under his skis, and the determination to shift sensibilities to fulfill the promise of humanity’s true potential, Sebastian has received the enthusiastic support of illustrious leaders and personalities such as President Gorbachev and Vice President Al Gore; Leonardo DiCaprio, Secretary of State John Kerry and Arianna Huffington.

Sebastian has reached audiences around the world from the United Nations to museums and institutions, and Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Google and Hewlett Packard. His award winning books have been translated and published worldwide and his films have played to audiences in 43 countries from the US, to Europe, Brazil and China to name a few. Sebastian’s mission and work have been seen or heard on Larry King, NPR and Vanity Fair, but also in schools, colleges, galleries and museums across the globe. While his exotic images are there to remind us that the Earth is as delicate and fragile as we are.

Sebastian also sits on the Board of Directors of the environmental organization Global Green USA with whom he has worked tirelessly since 2000, leading initiatives in the Arctic and media efforts in Los Angeles, where he lives, to promote a path to sustainability.


Sebastian Copeland
Sebastian Copeland

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