“Three seconds of courage..That’s all it takes”
The thought of making positive change in this world is often followed by a frustrating and sometimes disheartening “How?” Gregg asked himself this same question for many years, until one day, at lunch with his friend Deia Scholsberg, it hit him. He had all the right tools, and was recently given a huge leg up in connections by being named an Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. Gregg combined his passion for adventure, his deep interest and education in wildlife biology, and three seconds of courage to found Adventures and Scientists for Conservation.
A year of unpaid work and complete dedication was followed by a wave of support that is continuing to grow. The organization is becoming more and more successful through each expedition they connect a scientist to.
Beneath the success, however, lies the reality of day to day life. In this story we hear how Gregg struggles to balance the responsibility he feels toward the environment with the relationships he holds dear. We’ll follow Gregg during one difficult expedition where he realizes that relationships are what give us the courage to make change in the first place.
Determined to walk the talk, she strives for 100% self sufficiency at her farm in Paonia, Colorado. Alison has created real change speaking as a climate change consultant to businesses and audiences large and small. She recognizes the deep connection between the environment and her outdoor passion with the Save our Snow organization and inspires other women to fall in love with the outdoors by teaching them how to ski, mountain bike and surf with her Rippin’ Chix camps.
But, there are some things Alison just can’t control. No matter the effort, despite her hard work, there will still be challenges even she cannot overcome. This MoveShake story brings us into Alison’s life as an eternal optimist as she faces the destruction of the everything she has built, and what that vulnerability has taught her.]]>
When you first meet Julio Solis, you may think he’s just another member of the Baja Vigilantes crew – and he probably wouldn’t have it any other way. But Julio has had to stand apart from his culture, his community, and even his family upbringing to stand up for Magdalena Bay.
When you grow up in a fishing town in Mexico with little money, you eat what the oceans provide. Sea turtles had long been a part of that diet, and Julio remembers learning as a child how to fish for sea turtles from his father, whom he looked up to. When he was older and just starting to raise a family, sea turtle fishing was banned, but he poached in order to survive. In the film he Describes the empathy he held for sea turtles throughout his life. Although he felt this connection when he was a poacher, at the time he said he just didn’t know another way.
Then, still a young man with a growing family, Julio learned from an unsuspecting mentor, Wallace J. Nichols-that the real work to be done was found in protecting the turtle. Despite some criticism from his community,he took on the challenge he knew was right. He founded, with a few of his peers, Vigilantes Bahia Magdalena or Magdalena Baykeepers.
Beyond sea turtle conservation, Magdalena Bay still faces a host of threats including urban and industrial pollution, poaching and overfishing, and destruction of habitat from massive tourism development. With these struggles comes success. After an environmental assessment was done on a development site, it was concluded that the impact would have grave effects on the surrounding area. As a result of Julio’s persistence inthe case, plans for the development project were repealed last year. This campaign was a tremendous victory in the protection of the Bay, and has provided momentum and hope to other communities fighting against a rising tide of inappropriate development in Baja California.
Julio was chosen to be featured as a MoveShake story because he is a wonderful example of what it means to be true to yourself. Not only have Julio’s conservation efforts grown, but his attitude towards making a difference has made him a pillar in his community and role-model to his own children and future generations.
– by Director Allie Bombach
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When you meet Shannon Galpin, you’re immediately affected by the glowing energy that fuels her work with her nonprofit – Mountain 2 Mountain. Mountain 2 Mountain focuses on improving women’s rights in conflict areas. And right now, the majority of their work is in Afghanistan.
The last few years have had their challenges for Shannon and M2M. Despite these hurdles she has kept her chin high and her projects successful. No one ever said it was going to be easy, and Shannon will be the first to tell you that. Her sheer determination is why Shannon was a huge inspiration in answer to MoveShake’s question of “What makes you do what you do?” .
Shannon’s work with women’s rights is deeply rooted in her own life story. Shannon was a rape victim at the age of 19, and years later, when she was pregnant with her daughter, her only sister, who was in college at the time, suffered the same horrific tragedy. When Shannon was driving to the hospital to see her sister, there was one word that kept coming back into her head: “Enough.”
Shannon described in her interview a certain panic that rose up in her that day. She knew that her own daughter would be coming into a world where this happens – what if it happened to her? As horrendous as these events were in her life, Shannon describes them as shaping her into the person she is today, as a powerful force that drove her to do the work she does now.
Shannon embodies the quote “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” And despite the majority telling her that the work is impossible, she takes the criticism in stride and devotes her determination, compassion and creativity to the task at hand.
Shannon Galpin is a MoveShake character because she shows us what it’s like to stand up for what you believe in. Sure, she could have taken on women’s rights in a country not ridden with years of conflict, avoiding the danger, the criticism, and difficulties that come with working in a place like Afghanistan. But…that’s not Shannon.
– by Director Allie Bombach
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Join us from 7 to 9pm (MDT) to watch the stories of Movers and Shakers Shannon Galpin and Julio Solis. Once you’ve watched the films, you can get involved in the conversation by asking questions to director Allie Bombach, Shannon Galpin, and Julio’s mentor – Wallace J Nichols.
The first MoveShake story features Shannon Galpin, founder of Mountain2Mountain. A rape survivor and mother, she realized she couldnʼt just stand on the sidelines when it came to standing up for human rights. Working in Afghanistan, Shannon shares her story of connecting communities on both sides of the equation. Determined to combat apathy, Shannon uses her drive and passion to successfully create positive change for an issue that many assume is hopeless.
Also launching on Thursday is the story of Julio Solis. Julio is a sea turtle conservationist in Puerto San Carlos, Baja California, Mexico. In his youth, Julio poached sea turtles until a life-changing mentor shifted his perspective about his relationship with the ocean. Julio is now working to protect the sea turtles by running a nonprofit dedicated to preserving Magdalena Bayʼs natural resources. His story is one of perseverance and personal growth as he works to change the tide for the future of his community.
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Premiering Julio Solis, A MoveShake Story, at MountainFilm was an absolute honor. We had a great turn out at both screenings, and led question and answering sessions about the work Julio is doing, as well as the MoveShake series at large.
But what really made the experience extraordinary came Monday afternoon at the festival’s closing picnic. The film was awarded a Moving Mountains Grant from MountainFilm. This means that Julio’s conservation work with Vigilantes Bahia Magdalena has been awarded $1000 of funding.
Because the work of nonprofits often attracts filmmakers, the festival makes it a priority to honor and give back to the work being done by characters in the films. A panel of judges watch the nominated films, examining the work being done and considering the impact that be had if awarded the funding, then decide which organization to give the grant to.
In past years, a grant of $3000 has been given to one nonprofit. Because of the generosity of donors, this year was different. The $3000 grant was given, but they were also able to award a number of other nonprofits with $1000, which will help to support many organizations and projects.
We are thrilled to announce that this weekend, MountainFilm Festival will premiere the MoveShake series with Julio Solis: A MoveShake Story.
Founder of Vigilantes Bahia Magdalena, Julio Solis is a sea turtle conservationist who lives in Puerto San Carlos, Baja California, Mexico. In his youth, Julio was a poacher of sea turtles until a life changing mentor shifted his perspective about his relationship with the ocean. Julio is now working to protect the sea turtles by running a nonprofit dedicated to preserving Magdalena Bay’s natural resources. His story is one of perseverance and personal growth as he works to change the tide for the future of his community.
A huge inspiration to this film series, Mountainfilm has influenced our storytelling as well as introduced us to some of our featured movers and shakers, such as Shannon Galpin who gave a symposium at the festival in 2011. To have Julio’s story as an official selection of such an inspiring film festival feels like the exact way we should be kicking off the series, and we are eager to attend and join this years conversation of making positive change.
If you are unable to make it to the festival, mark your calendars and be sure to come back to MoveShake.org on June 7th for the launch of the film series. We will be releasing Julio’s film online, as well as the powerful story of Shannon Galpin, founder of Mountain2Mountain.