Aurora photographer Robert van Waarden recently began his first crowdfunding campaign. Crowdfunding is an innovative way for photographers and creatives to fund projects and Robert is looking for supporters that believe that culture and art have an important role to play in building a better world. His project is titled ‘Along the Pipeline’ and uses photography as a medium to portray the downfalls of the proposed Energy East pipeline.
Near the route on the Ontario/Quebec border
Robert said of the project, “I believe that storytelling and photography have a key role to play in building a thriving future. I also know that people react to personal stories and if that connection is made it can inspire more people to action. That is why this project is not just about the beautiful landscape of Canada that is under threat from this pipeline and our continuous fossil fuel driven economy, but about the people that will be impacted.”
The pipeline would transport a million barrels of diluted bitumen a day from the oil sands of Alberta to St. John. It would cross hundreds of waterways and drinking water supplies and would be responsible for greenhouse gas emissions that would equal 7 million new cars on the road.
‘Along the Pipeline’ is a journey along the route to share the untold story of what the pipeline will really mean for Canadians and First Nations. How will they be impacted, what do they value, and what does the future of Canada look like to them? When finished, the resulting exhibit will allow people to recognize themselves and their communities in the faces of others and realize that they are not alone.
When asked why he got involved in the project, he said: ”I lived in the Netherlands for about 5 years and returned to Canada, my country of birth, late last year. Along the Pipeline is the first project I have begun since moving back and I am very excited to be working on an issue based in Canada. I was driven to work on this project because I know what was at stake if it is approved.”
Robert is trying to raise $10,000 for funding basic items like transportation, fuel, food and an assistant. Please visit igg.me/at/climate to donate to this project.
To learn more about the project and to watch a video by Robert, click here
To see more photography by Robert van Waarden, visit the Aurora Photos website here
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