When the Oscar winning documentary My Octopus Teacher graced international screens, it sent ripples of change and awareness around the planet.
One man, one octopus, and the story of their bond, inspired millions around the globe. For humans this story was special – the animal became the teacher. For renowned filmmaker Craig Foster, it was an opportunity to share his incredible experience and raise awareness for the Sea Change Project. And now, Foster’s images are about to inspire change yet again, in an astounding collaboration where fashion meets passion.
Redrhino Wilderness Scarves is a conservation-fashion initiative. The scarves feature images chosen by renowned conservationists such as Dr. Jane Goodall. Together with the Redrhino team, Craig Foster has also pledged his collaborative support to the project.
Through Foster’s lens, two extraordinary images have been chosen to adorn two high quality scarves – one an image of his beloved octopus and the other of the Great African Sea Forest.
The young minds which will benefit from this collaboration live thousands of kilometers inland, in the Province of Limpopo, South Africa – far away from the oceans that some of them may never see in their lifetime.
All profit raised by Redrhino through the sales of the scarves goes directly to the Lapalala Wilderness School. This environmental education institution that has been cultivating conservation champions for over 35 years. At the Wilderness School, nature is the teacher.
As a non-profit entity, the Wilderness School relies on funding to bring more than 3000 young people through its doors every year, and to reach thousands more through its outreach programmes. The main goal is to create conservation champions and encourage new generations of environmentally conscious citizens.
As Foster states, “I have known about the wonderful Lapalala Wilderness School for a long time through the Parker family, who I trust deeply. It is an absolute haven for conservation and for youth development. So it was an absolute no brainer to support this wonderful project. Environmental education and social justice is absolutely critical for conservation. It is very exciting to know that Lapalala are putting so much into education, and that these young people are getting schooled in such a wonderful way – because they are our future “.
Redrhino founder Elizabeth Folgen has been raising funds for the Lapalala Wilderness School in collaboration with many renowned conservationists for the past 10 years.
For further information visit the Redrhino website or contact the founder Elizabeth Folgen: