On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Geoff Green had the opportunity to present to the Assembly of First Nations/Assemblee des premieres Nations Special Chiefs Assembly, sharing stories, lessons learned and successes over the years from Students on Ice and Canada C3.
We are proud to have Indigenous youth participation on SOI expeditions grow considerably over the years, representing more than 50% of all the youth on our most recent 2019 Arctic expedition.
Geoff notes the importance of giving youth opportunities at the beginning of their lives that can help shape them.
“As the National Chief said so well yesterday, it is so important to invest in our young people, empower them, give them hope, and the tools to be leaders, innovators and live healthy and productive lives.”
We are really looking forward to the growth of our partnerships with the AFN and First Nations communities in the months and years ahead.
This week Geoff presented at the Canadian Foreign Service Institute as part of the Global Affairs Canada staff training on the intersection between traditional knowledge & science diplomacy.
Geoff spoke about how Students on Ice provides an opportunity for students to experience our Northern & Arctic communities, its peoples & research.
It was a great opportunity to share SOI’s role in cultivating multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding the challenges and opportunities that we face as a global society.
The Students on Ice expeditions are the first step in a life-long journey for our youth participants. It isn’t enough to be inspired by these experiences but to use what we learn to make a difference when they go home.
On November 7, 2019, the Frontline Club hosted the UK premiere screening of the epic Canada C3 documentary with the Students on Ice Foundation. The once-in-a-lifetime journey features breathtaking footage and inspiring stories of Canada’s past, present and future.
Geoff Green introduced the documentary with a detailed presentation about the Students on Ice Foundation and was met with great in-depth and interesting questions from the audience.
The Canada-UK Foundation and Students on Ice Foundation celebrated the launch of their exciting new partnership on Monday, November 4, 2019.
The evening included a dynamic panel discussion on the challenges, opportunities and recent successes in establishing Marine Protected Areas in the Polar regions, featuring prominent Arctic and Antarctic experts.
The panel included Geoff Green, Paul Rose, Explorer, Expedition Leader and Broadcaster, Dr Rachel Carr, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Newcastle and Ashley Cummings, an Inuit youth advocate and Arctic Inspiration Prize co-winner.
The Students on Ice Foundation’s partnership with the Canada UK Foundation is a wonderful example of the importance of global partnerships. Two organizations working together – connecting youth and adults from different parts of the world in a greater understanding of one another, and in the challenges and opportunities we face as a global society.
With a busy fall underway, Geoff recently attended the Blue Leaders Call to Action on Ocean and Climate conference during Climate Week in New York City.
The event focused on the important findings in the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on the Ocean and the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.
These “Blue Leaders” focused on opportunities to advance meaningful solutions to the new report’s alarming findings on climate related impacts on the ocean.
A number of high-level representatives from countries around the world participated in the event including the president of Seychelles whom Geoff had the pleasure of meeting.
The event focused on ocean actions and commitments needed to protect and enhance the health and resilience of the ocean during this critical point in time. Many important solutions were discussed including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, ocean protection, the phasing out of harmful fisheries and much more.
The event left a much-needed powerful call to action in the face of the unprecedented changes facing our planet today.
During the Blue Leaders Call to Action, Students on Ice was proud to present the premiere of the Students on Ice student-led Two Breaths film.
The powerful voices of the youth are louder than ever !
On the Students on Ice Arctic 2019 expedition, where 130 youth from around the world were brought together on a life-changing journey to learn about the past, present and future of the Arctic. They have one message they want you to hear: Do Better.
On Friday, September 6, 2019 at 8:30am, Geoff Green will lead a panel discussion focused on Canada’s National Marine Conservation Areas in the Arctic at the Arctic Futures 2050 Conference, taking place September 4-6, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
Title: Informing Marine Conservation Areas in the Arctic
In August 2019, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau; Nunavut Premier, Joe Savikataaq, and President of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, P.J. Akeeagok, announced the creation of the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area in Canada’s High Arctic Basin. The new protected area and the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area cover more than 427,000 square kilometres. In this case history, we describe how science and Inuit Qauijimajatuqangit (traditional knowledge) informed creation of the protected areas and will inform future management and protection of Inuit harvesting rights and species at risk.
Moderated by Geoff Green, President & Founder of the Students on Ice Foundation, the panel discussion will include the following panelists:
Sandra Inutiq, Qikiqtani Inuit Association Kevin McNamee, Parks Canada Agency
Learn more about the Arctic Futures 2050 conference online at the conference website HERE.