‘Generation G’ Expedition to Antarctica: Dec./Jan.

“Generation G” Expedition to Antarctica

On December 27, 2010, a group of 55 high school students from across Canada and around the world will depart on an educational journey to the bottom of the world that is certain to change their lives and reach many more.

During the ship-based expedition, students will explore the Antarctic Peninsula, visit research stations, conduct studies on ice, glaciers, oceans, experience extraordinary wildlife encounters, and report back daily to students around the world via the web. The goals of the expedition are to educate and inspire these young leaders and members of Generation G, and foster a greater understanding and respect for our planet, its wonders, and its present and future challenges.

Created by the alumni of Students on Ice, Generation G is a concept to foster the way we interact with that natural world and each other.  The “G” stands for Green, Global, Generous, Grace, Gratitude, Good Karma and other values we need for a truly sustainable and healthy future.

“Antarctica is the perfect place to bring these students together and promote the idea of Generation G!  It is the only continent that no one owns, it has never had a war, and it is really a symbol of peace, understanding, cooperation and conservation”, says Geoff Green, expedition leader and founder of the Students on Ice Foundation, and recently named a Top 25 Transformational Canadian.

The students will be joined by 30 international scientists, educators, experts, artists and musicians who will conduct workshops and lead hands-on research activities with the students. Studies will focus on marine biology, earth sciences, history, environmental issues and sustainable development.

Since 2000, over 1,500 students from 42 countries have participated in the pioneering Students on Ice program.

The expedition ship is fully equipped with the latest technologies enabling ‘on ship’ interviews during the expedition with students and with Geoff Green for the duration of the expedition.

The students will blog daily about the expedition and post photos at: www.studentsonice.com/antarctic2010

A detailed itinerary of the expedition can be viewed at: www.studentsonice.com/antarctic2010


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BACKGROUNDER

About Students on Ice Foundation

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Students on Ice is an award winning, non-profit organization based in Gatineau, Québec, that provides youth with ship-based educational adventures to the Arctic and Antarctica. The Students on Ice program offers an unparalleled opportunity for youth to expand their knowledge about the circumpolar world, and to gain a new global perspective of our planet, its wonders, and our sustainability challenges – present and future.

About Geoff Green

Educator, social entrepreneur and adventurer, Geoff is the founder and executive director of Students on Ice (www.studentsonice.com). Since 1999, this award-winning educational program has taken over 1,500 students, teachers, scientists, artists, musicians and leaders from around the world on expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic. The goal of the pioneering project is to give the world’s youth a heightened understanding and respect for our planet’s global ecosystem, and the inspiration to protect it.  Geoff founded The Polar Education Foundation in the United States, and The Students on Ice Foundation in Canada, to support student scholarships, conservation, research, environmental leadership, awareness and action.

In 2010, Geoff was selected as one of the Top 25 Transformational Canadians by the Globe & Mail, CTV and La Presse. Other awards and recognitions include a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. Congress for his work with youth and the environment; Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” – an annual national event acknowledging Canada’s top young leaders; and the Citation of Merit for outstanding feats of exploration and service by the prestigious Explorers Club in New York City.  Recently, he was honoured to be given the Inuktitut name “Pitsiulak” by the Commissioner of Nunavut, Ann Hanson, at a naming ceremony in the Nunavut Legislature in Iqaluit.

Geoff has led over 110 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic.  For more info see www.geoffgreen.ca.

Students on Ice Antarctic Expedition

  • Expedition dates December 27th, 2010 to January 10th, 2011.
  • Students range from 14 to 18 years old, and are funded through a variety of Canadian and international scholarships and bursaries.
  • Canadian students originate from six provinces and territories.
  • International participants include students and staff from the U.S., India, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan, Sweden, Israel, Palestine, Australia, and others.
  • 30 scientists, researchers, polar experts, musicians and artists will accompany the students.
  • Students will participate in lectures, workshops, and ‘hands-on’ research activities.
  • Topics studied include marine biology, earth sciences, history, leadership, sustainable development and environmental issues.
  • The 2010 SOI Antarctic Youth Expedition is a carbon-neutral initiative.

To schedule interviews with Geoff Green, Founder and Executive Director of SOI, please contact:

Reina Lahtinen
Students on Ice
1-819-827-3300
Toll-free: 1-866-336-6423
reina@studentsonice.com

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