Colonel Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station and hero to many, has been named one of two Eco-Heroes by organizers of the 14th annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival taking place November 21-24, 2013 in Toronto. Details of the award were released Tuesday during the Festival’s official press launch.
Hadfield shares the honour with internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, famous for giving voice to the Inuit people’s perspective on climate change.
“Planet in Focus selected these individuals as the 2013 Eco-Heroes because through their creative works, activism and their dedication to documenting traditional ways of life and practices, Colonel Hadfield and Zacharias Kunuk inspire individuals to act and demonstrate that each of us can positively contribute to the preservation of our planet,” commented Dawn Kuisma, Executive Director of Planet in Focus.
During his recent tour of space aboard the International Space Station Hadfield famously shared, via social media, his reflections on the beauty and fragility of our planet. His photographs from space commanded a worldwide audience and created a new awareness of man’s destructive impact on the earth’s environment.
While Kunuk will participate, via video conferencing, in a Master Class during the 2013 Planet in Focus (PIF) Industry Day, Hadfield will accept his award in person, at a special presentation during the Festival. Date and location of the award ceremony have yet to be announced.
Visit the Planet in Focus website for Festival details.
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