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Three university students on a mission to generate awareness of international environmental issues through beautiful art!

Three Northeastern University students are traveling to Costa Rica to document the degradation and preservation of biodiversity! Our mission is to educate on the international urgency of environmental conservation and to inspire others to adopt conservation practices. We are linking with local NGOs and Costa Rican officials to discover the impacts of biodiversity issues on society and economy, and will capture the stories of environmental heroes. Your donations will allow us to afford proper underwater equipment, film distribution, production expenses, and overall operating costs. Your support is deeply appreciated!! 

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The inequalities that plague today’s society are overwhelming. Yet there is one major gap that almost all of us suffer from: a lack of deep and accurate understanding of how our Earth works and where we fit into the picture.


We are three Northeastern University students: Jillian Wheeler, Ali Abdelmaksoud, and Laura Mueller-Soppart, traveling to Costa Rica to document the fascinating changes that are happening to the world of conservation. Costa Rica is arguably the globe’s archetype for embracing the interconnectedness of humans and nature. It is this sense of appreciation and acknowledgment of the shifting paradigm from wildlife preservation to livelihood preservation that we want to capture on film, and distribute to all audiences.

The documentary will focus on how humans are working in conjunction with nature to ensure the livelihood of future generations, what types of methods they are adapting to make this change, and how national and international policies are supporting or impeding this innovation. 


Once completed, the documentary will serve as a mass-audience media tool, that translates scientific jargon to non-technical and actionable terms. Our goal is to be able to distribute our documentary to classrooms, organizations, and film festivals and inspire change. 

With your support we can afford proper film equipment, film distribution supplies, and production expenses. Please check out our website.

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