The Jellyfish Project is an environmental initiative focused on generating awareness about the state of our world’s oceans through music and live performance. The Jellyfish Project is designed to stimulate conversation about a sustainable future. The program is offered FREE of charge to all BC high schools and middle schools. Sessions consist of a performance by the band followed by a discussion period. Topics include overfishing, marine plastics, ocean acidification, and sustainable solutions. If you would like to bring The Jellyfish Project to your school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“When we accepted Mindl Beach Market’s offer to perform at our school we were a little unsure of what we would get. What we got was a group of very talented young musicians that kept our students riveted for seventy five minutes. The students were engaged throughout the concert and many commented that it was the best musical assembly “ever”. The music had a wide range of styles that seemed to connect with all of the students. We appreciated their environmental message directed at keeping our ocean’s healthy. We are already looking to have the group back for another concert.”
-Wayne Friesen, Principal of Highland Secondary School in Comox, BC
A: The Jellyfish Project is designed to be presented to high school students of any grade and background. The material is relatively simple and the music can be universally appreciated. It’s up to the principal to decide who is in the audience!
A: Absolutely! We’ll set up in any room you have. We’ve played small multi-purpose rooms, band rooms, theatres and gymnasiums. We have all our own sound gear and we know how to operate it.
A: You bet! The Jellyfish Project has been presented to anywhere from 60 to 300 students. If we inspire just one student, it was well worth our time.
A: Sessions are typically 75 minutes. That breaks down to a 45 minute performance, a 15 minute presentation and a 15 minute question and answer period. That being said, we are very flexible. We’ll work with the time slot you give us. We are also available to do multiple sessions in a day.
A: It takes the band about 90 minutes to set up and about 60 minutes to tear everything down.
A: Yes, 100%! The aim of the project is to give back to the community that has supported Mindil Beach Markets. But if the students want to buy MBM merchandise so we can put some gas in the truck, we won’t say no!
We believe, that as musicians and performers, it is our responsibility to speak about issues that are important to us and important to our planet. As a band, we all grew up within a stone’s throw of the Pacific Ocean and spent much of our childhood on beaches and in the water – swimming, fishing, and playing in the sand. These experiences planted seeds that have grown into a passionate desire to contribute to our planet by spreading awareness about our oceans’ current state of crisis, and to offer suggestions as to ways people can take part in its healing.
Ocean health is necessary for the survival of our planet and the oceans are dying rapidly. Most of us won’t survive if the ocean’s die. Our mission is to encourage you to include sustainability awareness and action as one of your core values, so that you can be conscious of how your decisions might impact ocean health, your health, your future = OUR FUTURE.
The world’s oceans are our lungs. Plankton, or algae, on the surface of the ocean, produce most of the air we breathe. The oceans are also responsible for the fresh water we drink, the food we eat, and they even fertilize the coastal forests.
“This is the second time we’ve had Mindil Beach Markets come and they’ve been really, really great both times. They’ve got great music and a great message and if you have the opportunity to have them, please welcome them in to your school. It’s totally worth it!”
-Tessa Davis, Music Director of Revelstoke Secondary School in Revelstoke, BC
The oceans represent 99% of the biosphere on Earth, and they are seriously sick because of carbon emissions, plastic, over fishing, toxins and pollutants such as pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
The jellyfish are the canaries in the coal mine in regards to the fragility of the world’s oceans. They are opportunistic organisms that take over environments that are available due to over fishing, over heating and acidification of the oceans, and lack of oxygen. They are the ultimate survivor, and have populated our oceans for three billion years. So when we notice that there are more and more jellyfish in our oceans, that’s an indicator that there’s something wrong.
Created by Dan Kingsbury Sr, think of the Jellyfish Project curriculum as a template that you can contribute to, and learn from.
It is a curriculum developed for teachers in grades 4 – 7 as a Resource Guide so that teachers can teach about urgent ocean sustainability issues that affect plants, animals, humans and OUR FUTURE. The curriculum has links to online resources, short videos and a comprehensive list of related sustainable education products designed to increase our awareness so that we can become more sensitive to our environment and what we can do to contribute to the health of our planet.
The Jellyfish Project Resource Guide is a powerful education tool, it is FREE, and looking for a home in the classroom as a pilot project. All you have to do is contact us with an email address and request a PDF draft of the Jellyfish Project Units with “learning outcomes” that are compliant with most subjects. email@example.com
Do you know a teacher who teaches Grades 4 – 7? Do you know parents who want their children to have this kind of education?
The idea of the Jellyfish Project has been “embraced” by the Vancouver Aquarium, Sunshine Coast School District #46, and local governments.
(courtesy, the David Suzuki Foundation)
Take notice. Take action. Change the world.
And remember to slow down because we’re all traveling around the sun at the same speed.
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