Geoff Green, Students on Ice Founder & Executive Director (Photo: Lee Narraway, Students on Ice)
Our recent Students on Ice Arctic Expedition 2009 was an enormous and numinous success! We spent two weeks exploring the east coast of Baffin Island and parts of the Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay. The 60 students from every province and territory in Canada and other corners of the world had a life-changing experience that will undoubtedly help to shape their perspectives and their futures. The highlights were many, including encounters with Bowhead whales; a Polar bear feeding on a seal in the pack ice; over 100 Walrus in one day; a hike to the Arctic Circle in Auyuittuq Park where the evidence of Climate Change was overwhelming; visits to Nunavut communities; a jam-packed education and research program focused on the sciences, flora & fauna, culture, conservation, art, music and much more. And of course we had a whole lot of fun!
The main purpose of this email is to thank all of you who helped in so many ways to make this experience possible! We could not do it without you. In fact, this summer 80% of the students participating were funded through scholarships, grants, contests and other partnerships. It is hard to believe that 2010 marks the 10th Anniversary for Students on Ice! We have several exciting events and expeditions planned to help celebrate! We will keep you posted about these in the months ahead.
I also want to share with you some of the emerging outcomes from the recent expedition, including the two videos below made by the SOI team to push for action at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen this December. Please watch them and share them with your networks. We are very pleased and proud that several SOI alumni (staff and students) will be going to Copenhagen as members of youth delegations and other groups.
SEAL THE DEAL AT COP 15!
CANADIAN YOUTH WITH A MESSAGE
To see some of the other 16 videos from the Arctic 2009 expedition, along with student and staff journals, photos, media coverage and more, please go to:
Finally, the new documentary “Path of the Arctic Tern” (formerly called Southern Exposure) produced by Students on Ice and supported by the Government of Canada Program for the International Polar Year will premiere on September 30th at 7:00 pm at the IPY Film Festival being held at the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. Admission is free.
This is a one-hour documentary about a life-altering journey from one end of the Earth to the other, tracing the journey of two Inuit teens (Terry Noah and Jason Pijamini) from Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Canada’s northernmost Arctic community, to the bottom of the world, Antarctica. The journey was the dream of the late Dr. Fritz Koerner (1932-2008), the irreverent and legendary glaciologist whom the people of Grise Fiord named Imirqutailaq (Arctic Tern). Fritz spent 40 years traveling Pole to Pole studying the glaciers of the Arctic and the Antarctic and he wanted these Inuit youth to better understand the impacts of climate change, and to inspire everyone to do something about it.
Hope to see or hear from you soon…
In the Polar spirit,