Wildlife conservation filmmaker and photojournalist Joakim Odelberg visited our Year 12 ESS (Environmental Systems and Societies) students to share about his inspiring work as a filmmaker, photojournalist and explorer. During the talk, he shared his experiences with several conservation projects that worked to turn negative trends into positive ones, focusing on ocean-based initiatives ranging from the Cocos Island in Costa Rica to the glaciers of Svalbard.
The students were very engaged and learned about the background of Joakim’s passion for wildlife conservation, particularly regarding sharks. He talked about how sharks are an essential part of the ocean ecosystem – as top predators, sharks help regulate the populations of their prey, ensuring that other species do not become overpopulated and disrupt the balance of the food chain. Unfortunately, many species of sharks are currently threatened or endangered due to overfishing, habitat destruction and other human activities. Protecting them is not only important for their own survival, but also for the health of the entire ocean ecosystem and the future of our planet. Through their discussions, Year 12 students saw how Odelberg’s work highlights the importance of conservation efforts to protect our planet’s delicate ecosystems.