Sedna Epic Expedition

$3,845 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 23 months

Hi there! Welcome to my GoFundMe page. My name is Joanna Lentini and I am an underwater photographer and writer with a deep passion for environmental conservation issues. I've recently joined the Sedna Epic Team which is comprised of an all-female group of scientists, explorers, educators, and artists on a mission. 

The Plan:

Snorkel the Northwest Passage for Climate Change

Over the next three summers the team will snorkel the Canadian High Arctic's 3,000 km Northwest Passage from Pond Inlet to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories.
The all-female team of scientists, explorers, educators, and artists will be the first to attempt the voyage. By completing this journey we hope to bring worldwide attention to disappearing sea ice and climate change.

Bringing the Ocean to Eye Level:

Throughout the journey Team Sedna will work with ten Inuit communities to deliver educational outreach programs focused on ocean conservation and climate change. These programs will consist of using ROV's (remotely operated vehicles/underwater robots) equipped with videcameras, mobile aquariums, and snorkel safari's to enable the local community to explore the biodiversity of the underwater world in their very own backyards.

Combining Aboriginal and Scientific Knowledge to Mitigate Global Warming

Via Sedna's social media channels and various media coverage, we hope to give the Inuit community a platform to express their knowledge, experience, and perspectives on the changing Arctic climate.

In late July, the Sedna Epic team will travel to Iqaluit, Nunavat (Baffin Island) where we will deliver an educational ocean outreach program with the local Inuit community. The outreach program will focus on educating, inspiring, and empowering young Inuit girls to pursue careers in the sciences.

Empowering Women and Girls

The sea women will provide mentorship to Inuit youth, introducing them to the possibility of careers in marine biology, fisheries management, seafood harvesting, ocean engineering, remotely operated vehicle pilots, marine archaeology, climate science, movie-making and photography, and as dive masters and dive instructors in the nascent dive and snorkel tourism industry in Nunavut.

Image of Sedna by Anthony Galbraith

In Inuit mythology, Sedna is the goddess/mother of the sea and all of its creatures. 

Investing in the Future of the Arctic:

The Arctic is quite an expensive place, but with your support I hope to offset some of the costs involved. The costs associated with just this leg of the journey could easily exceed $18,000.

Any bit of support would be most appreciated and would go a long way.  No contribution is too small!

For your support, I've compiled a range of rewards:

For $20, I will send an email update to you from the expedition.

For $35
, I will send you or a loved one a postcard from the Arctic.

For $50, you will receive an 11x14 print of your choice from either my website, blog, or social media channels (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $75, you will receive a 16x20 print of your choice from my website (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $100, you will receive a 20x30 print from my website (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $250, you will either receive a one hour pool portrait session in the Greater NYC area or a one hour skype session on underwater photography tips and tricks (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $500, book an hour-long Remote Speaking Engagement via Skype on either the July Sedna Expedtion or conservation photography (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For $1,000, book a Speaking Engagement in New England (or your choice of any of the preceding).

For 2,500, book a Speaking Engagement in the continental United States (or your choice of any of the preceding).

Questions, ideas, or shared passions? Please feel free to contact me via my website:

Nakurmiik! (Thank you in Inuktitut)
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$3,845 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 23 months
Created April 12, 2016
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Kecia Alexander
7 months ago

Hi! Something went wrong..not sure. It didnt even show it came out of my account but here it is again!

GoFundMe Team
8 months ago

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Gary Lehman
8 months ago

Inspired by the presentation at LIDA on the Sedna expedition, empowering Inuit girls and women and all youngsters about their marine heritage which sustains them. Every success going forward !

Chris Darby
22 months ago

So proud of you, Joanna. Love Chris Juz and the boys

Adair Lentini
22 months ago

Looking forward to seeing pictures of the trip!

Angie Biehl
22 months ago

Proud of you girl!

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