Gemini Award-winning filmmaker and explorer Mark Terry will discuss his expedition to Antarctica and the findings that led to new policy being written at the UN climate summits in Copenhagen and Cancun as part of the Geography Alumni Speaker Series Jan. 28.
His talk, Connecting the Docs: Bridging the Gaps between Science and Policy with Film, will follow the rare screening of his award-winning documentary, The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning, in Nat Taylor Cinema at 7pm.
Terry is the first filmmaker to document a crossing of the Northwest Passage through the seldom-navigated Prince of Wales Strait. In his presentation, he will tell how his two films – The Polar Explorer and The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning – became an integral part of the policy-making process at the United Nations climate summits in Copenhagen and Cancun.
For his work in polar exploration, Terry has received the Stefansson Medal (the Explorers Club’s highest honour), the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Gemini Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema, and been named to the College Of Fellows, Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Terry earned a BA from York in 1980. He works at York as communications coordinator for the Office of the Dean, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.