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Action on global warming

Evening of photographers, artists, silent auction for green cause



Combat global warming, bid on art and adventure packages, browse art exhibits and check out a slide show of world-class photography at Hilltrip’s second annual Action 2 environmentally minded entertainment extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

"The event aims to raise awareness about global warming and raise money to fight global warming as well," said organizer Marie LN Fortin.

"Global warming is a big issue in terms of sustainability for Whistler. Last year we experienced a season without much snow and the industry is suffering."

Last year, Action 1 raised $2,000 for the cause, donating half to the David Suzuki Foundation and half to Hilltrip Environmental Programs and Projects. Hilltrip is a local social marketing events and promotions organization, which seeks to improve sustainability of mountain life.

Local photographers will join forces for a whirlwind photography slide show through mountains, skies and foreign lands from Eric Berger, Magali Roy, Phil Tifo and Russell Dalby.

Berger, an action sports photographer, has been a senior contributing photographer with Transworld Snowboarding Magazine for 12 years and was co-founder of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival’s Photographer Showdown. Travel photography has always been a natural progression for snowboarding, surfing, biking fanatic Roy. Tifo quickly turned a pastime of shooting photos of friends snowboarding into a professional pastime. Russell Dalby, when not laying bricks in the summer and bartending in the winter, enjoys taking photos.

The slide show will be followed by a talk by Tyler Brady, an environmental chemist and co-owner of Hillbilly Wax-Works and Ethica Enviro Wax brands, on how society can fight global warming on a practical level – including choosing environmentally friendly ski and board wax.

"He will talk about alternative technologies that will be available in the future," Fortin said. "Petroleum-based products (such as regular ski wax) are bad for the watersheds. Everything is related. There are a lot of things that affect the environment that we don’t know about, like waterproof jackets."

In addition to the slide show, informative talk and silent auction organized by AWARE, eight local artists will exhibit their work for viewing as well.

Cori Ross of Cross Design will showcase her mountain-inspired colourful artwork. Chris Dyer of Positive Creations ventures off the canvas and onto skateboard decks. Vanessa Stark interchanges bold acrylics on canvas with stark images on Silver and Prior snowboards. Dave Barnes interweaves nostalgic mood and modern concept through recycled items. Dave "Pepe" Petko of Liquid Sunshine Designs illustrates his professional painting of 10 years into colourful acrylics and limited edition prints. Olivier Roy, a professional snowboarder and freelance artist, spans cartoons, book illustrations and graphics. Brad Chornaby exercises his stone masonry in numerous other creative endeavours. David Thomas Manzl of Coffee Watermark plays with acrylic paint, Indian ink, marker and computers for one-of-a-kind compositions.

Advanced tickets are $10 or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at MY Millennium Place. Call 604-938-8410.