Albert College was filled with awe and wonder as students from Grades 4 to 12 discovered two poles and three coasts with environmental educator Geoff Green on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Green also spoke to a packed house on Thursday evening at Albert College with many local community members. Having grown up in Prince Edward County, Mr. Green was thrilled to be speaking in Belleville as he still has a strong connection to the area.
Mr. Green is the Founder of the Canada 150 project Canada C3 and the Executive Director and Founder of Students on Ice, an award-winning program that takes students to the polar regions on educational journeys. He was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40”, was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2012 and has received many other prestigious awards.
During his presentation, Mr. Green shared his story from the recent Canada 150 Signature Project called Canada C3, which concluded only 4-weeks ago. As the founder of this project, Mr. Green’s heartfelt recollection of the 150-day expedition was moving. He shared the story of how he sailed from Toronto to Vancouver with a different group of Canadians during each leg of the journey. The ship travelled 23,000 kilometres through three oceans along Canada’s coastline, visiting 75 communities in 10 provinces and territories. The first stop was Picton.
Mr. Green began his presentation by saying, “We are so lucky to call planet earth our home. As I travelled around the world, I fell in love with this planet. Seeing things like icebergs, which are natures sculptures, seeing penguins and polar bears and of course meeting the Indigenous people of the world, I was hooked.”