It's been said often enough that the youth are the key to the future. That's why GRID-Arendal is supporting the 2010 Students on Ice expedition to the Canadian Arctic. SOI is an award-winning organization that offers unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic.
The ship-based journey will explore the northern reaches of Nunavik and eastern Baffin Island, Nunavut. It will involve 79 students, aged 14-19, as well as an international team of staff, consisting of 35 scientists, historians, artists, elders, explorers, authors, educators, leaders, innovators and polar experts. Expedition participants include over 25 northern aboriginal youth, as well as students from China, Monaco, Norway, the United States and every region of Canada.
John will be writing updates from the Lubov Orlova as it sails through the Arctic waters, looking for whales, seals, polar bears, walrus, and seabirds and visits northern communities. The students will be learning about the effects of climate change on Arctic ecosystems; consider scientific and traditional knowledge system perspectives; and participate in 'hands-on' educational and research activities. Among other things, John will be talking about the Arctic in a Global Context and will focus on some of the similarities between what's happening in the far north and other regions of the world experiencing the effects of climate change.
Follow this years' Student on Ice journey at www.studentsonice.com
Credit: Students on Ice