The Day I Married A Polar Bear:
A mythical tale about a young woman who wakes up one morning to discover she has been promised to the town polar bear.
But on her way to the wedding she discovers he isn't like all of the others...
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100% of the donation are being donated to two non-profit organizations:
70% of the proceeds will support The Whale Dreamer Engagement Campaign
30% will support the Sea Legacy's efforts to raise awareness about conservation issues
70% to The Whale Dreamer Engagement Pathway.
The Whale Dreamer Engagement Pathway is an engagement campaign associated with The Whale Dreamer young adult book series that is designed to engage youth through a mythic tale about a young girl who is called to by the whales. While this is a mythical story, it is rooted in reality and takes on the 6th mass extinction, the state of the oceans, while asking who owns the dreams of our future?
This spring we are launching the pilot program which is designed to encourage youth to take ACTION KITS to their local restaurants and schools to influence their impact on the ocean through the plastics they use and the food they serve to promote ocean stewardship. For this purpose, we're raising 60K to hire two staff members, pay teacher stipends, develop the restaurant report card with Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Watch Program and develop the Action Kit that educates restaurants on planet forward solutions. You can learn more about the Action Kits here.
The second part of our Engagement Pathway focuses on Land Stewardship where readers will be given opportunities to discover additional information about the animals mentioned in the book, and the conservation efforts in place to protect them. More importantly readers will be introduced to organizations and individual who are taking action to help protect these animal. Members of The Whale Dreamer Society will be directed toward specific actions that they can join forces with and watch how their collective efforts are measured and influencing the planet.
30% of the proceeds Will support Sea Legacy
With a mission to create healthy and abundant oceans, for us and for the planet, Sea Legacy uses the power of photography to illustrate why protection of marine ecosystems is a smart idea; why local communities and the world at large benefit from marine ecosystems. They use the same pictorial voice to raise concerns over areas that are threatened and in need of our care and to push for legislation and enforcement to protect them.
I chose Sea Legacy because I have been a fan of Paul Nicklen’s photography for quite some time. But it wasn’t until an image he took of a polar bear starving went viral that I met Sea Legacy, the organization he co-founded with his wife, Cristina Mittermeier. The image provoked a range of emotions online, from grief, to anger, to an attack on the creators. As I read through all of the stories about the image, and all of the complaints: At the core of the upset I kept hearing a core theme: the grief and outrage associated with the idea that we, as a human race, could inflict this kind of pain on another being.
Stories will only reveal what we are capable of hearing. And photography ~ similar to stories~ will show us what we are ready to see.
Working within the confluence of conservation and science, SeaLegacy bridges the gap between scientific data and human emotion.
Artists statement: When this story arrived, I was touched by the eternal connection of all beings and the potency of love that was living in the midst of complicated times. I knew from the beginning that I wanted this story to be collaborator in the name of serving the polar bears who are featured in it. I have a practice of raising funds for an organization I care about each year-- and in 2018 opted to dedicate all of the funds to two organizations I care deeply about.
About the author:
Leah Lamb, MSW, studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, and with many masters of story in theater, film, and the ancient art of storytelling.
For seven years she worked as a wilderness guide with youth with youth at risk. Her storytelling has taken on several mediums, including launching the Green Channel at the Emmy award winning television network, Current TV, and has written about the environment for National Geographic News Watch, Planet Green, Huffington Post Spirituality & Health Magazine and Fast Company. Leah works one on one with people through the form of Soul Stories, a form of mystical storytelling that allows for people to explore their archetypal structure and examine their lives through the metaphors presented in the mythic landscape.
Her work focuses on strengthening communities, and creates unique gatherings where participants can work within the mythic form of exploring how we are living in the cosmos, and in our consciousness. Lamb is committing to working with stories to meet the moment of the times we are living in, and views stories as the vehicle to explore beauty, grief, loss, and love. The Whale Dreamer is her first novel.