Geoff Green leads SOI’s 18th Arctic Expedition

Geoff Green leads SOI’s 18th Arctic Expedition

Geoff addresses students in Itilleq Fjord during the 2018 Arctic Expedition. Photo (c) Natta Summerky/SOI Foundation

The journey brings onboard 130 students and 90+ educators from 20 countries to explore the western coast of Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic.
This ship-based expedition will connect participating students to pressing local, national and international Arctic issues including ocean conservation, climate change, truth and reconciliation, and sustainable development. Expedition dates are July 23 –August 7, 2018.

Immersed in the Arctic environment, the students will connect to the land, ocean, communities, and to their peers while being led by a global cohort of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientists, artists, experts, educators and visionary leaders. Daily excursions, research, workshops and events will engage and inspire the students in untold ways, including developing a deeper understanding and appreciation for the changing Arctic and its peoples. This diverse group of students will work collectively and individually to create new ideas, partnerships, and initiatives addressing the many challenges and opportunities facing the Arctic and the Planet.

The expedition will explore the communities, coasts and fjords of western Greenland before crossing the Davis Strait to Canada’s High Arctic and the Northwest Passage. Expedition activities include the collection of eDNA samples from the Arctic coastline to learn about the changing biodiversity of the area; exploring the land and gaining cultural and historical knowledge from Inuit Elders, scientists, archaeologists, and community members; hikes across tundra and glaciers in Sirmilik National Park; observing wildlife; working with climate scientists to understand the drastic changes being seen in the Polar regions and their impacts; and learning first-hand about important Arctic marine ecosystems such as Pikialasorsuaq (the North Water Polyna) and Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound).

“To explore the Arctic with youth and experts from around the world, enables a unique learning opportunity to bridge cultures and allow for passionate, globally-minded and solution-driven conversations and initiatives to flourish,” says Expedition Leader Geoff Green. “This expedition will be the beginning of a life-long journey, and a very important step for youth to gain the inspiration, education and motivation needed to become leaders in their communities and around the world.”

The international expedition team represents students and staff from 20 countries: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, Greenland, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Ecuador, Germany, Norway, Monaco, Russia, Singapore, France, Malaysia, Denmark, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Thousands of people around the world will follow and share in the expedition experience via the impressive outreach and media strategy, including daily updates, blogs, videos and more.

The expedition team includes The Honourable Nellie Kusugak, Commissioner of Nunavut; Special Advisor, Foreign Affairs Department of the Government of Greenland Mira Kleist; scientists Jennifer Doubt and Glenn Poirier with the Canadian Museum of Nature; Olympic and World Champion kayaker Adam van
Koeverden; Indigenous Folk Duo Twin Flames; Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UCLA Daniele Bianchi, Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand, and author & adventurer James Raffan.

Through the generosity of partner organizations, more than 80 per cent of the youth participants are fully supported to participate in this transformational, life-changing experience. The 2018 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition is made possible through partnerships with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Parks Canada, Canada Goose, Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Makivik Corporation, Kativik Regional Government, Leacross Foundation, WWF-Canada, the Government of Canada, the U.S. Embassy Ottawa, Adventure Canada, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, The Beatrice Snyder Foundation, First Air, the official airline of Student on Ice, Sony, Vistek, and more than 30 other generous supporters.

To learn more and to follow the journey, visit studentsonice.com

SOI’s Floating Classroom for the 2018 Arctic Expedition. Photo (c) Martin Lipman/SOI Foundation

2017 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition

2017 Students on Ice Arctic Expedition

The 2017 Students on Ice Arctic expedition brought together more than 100 youth from around the world with inspiring scientists, elders, educators, artists, musicians, CEO’s, dignitaries, journalists, authors and innovators. Immersed in nature and engaged in cross-disciplinary activity, students were inspired, motivated, educated and challenged.

Each day was filled with exploration, discovery, presentations, workshops, hands-on research, hikes, and lots of adventure! Activities included wildlife encounters; visits to Arctic communities; the Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and participation in exciting conservation announcements including the official opening of Qausuittuq National Park in Resolute Bay as well as the official announcement of Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) as Canada’s largest National Marine Conservation Area.  Students acquired first-hand knowledge and insight into the dynamics of climate change, traditional knowledge, scientific research, policy and other important topics.

Canada C3

Canada C3

2017 marked Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation and the SOI Foundation’s largest ever expedition – Canada C3. Between June 1 – October 28, 2017, Geoff led a nationwide expedition for Canadians 18 and over to be part of a journey connecting to and celebrating the people and places that make up Canada’s three coasts (C3). The 150-day expedition sailed from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage and brought together Canadians from all backgrounds to engage in dialogue across four key themes: Diversity and Inclusion, Reconciliation, Youth Engagement and the Environment. Canada C3 reached more than 20 million people and inspired a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and our country.

About SOI Expeditions

About SOI Expeditions

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