Science Diplomacy Week at Global Affairs Canada

Science Diplomacy Week at Global Affairs Canada

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.

Canada C3 Documentary Screening: London

Canada C3 Documentary Screening: London

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.

Protect the Poles, Protect the Planet

Protect the Poles, Protect the Planet

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.


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Left to right: Ashley Cummings, Dr Rachel Carr, Paul Rose and Geoff Green

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.

 

 

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Paul Rose, Explorer, Expedition Leader & Broadcaster and Adrian Gahan, Director of Policy at the Blue Marine Foundation

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.

 

 Photos courtesy of © Joana Saramago 

Climate Week – Blue Leaders Call to Action

Climate Week – Blue Leaders Call to Action

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.

Geoff Green and President of Seychelles, Danny Faure

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.

Students Embark on the 2019 Arctic Expedition

Students Embark on the 2019 Arctic Expedition

Students on Ice is very excited to announce that we have had a very successful expedition launch. Today, Students on Ice said farewell to 130 high school and university students from around the world as they begun the 2019 Arctic Expedition.

This year the students and team have begun their expedition in Ottawa, Ontario and have boarded their first flight to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland where they will embark on a transformative two-week expedition to the Canadian High Arctic and Greenland.

This ship and land-based expedition will connect youth to the Arctic and to urgent issues including ocean conservation, climate change, and sustainable development. Throughout the next two weeks, the Arctic will act as a powerful classroom through which place-based learning, cross-cultural discussions and hands-on workshops will allow the students to connect to the land and their peers in incredibly profound ways.

With the Arctic being an essential part of our planet, it illuminates our history and is a cornerstone of our global ecosystem and our future. These meaningful connections will help shape, inspire and support each student during and after expedition.

“We are thrilled to give young participants the opportunity to understand firsthand the challenges the Arctic is facing today. To facilitate exchanges among Arctic youth; you have to look at and understand the Arctic through the eyes of the people who live there,” said Peteris Ustubs, European Union Ambassador to Canada.”

The journey will be filled with workshops, panel discussions, shore landings, wildlife sightings and more. The students will have the opportunity to learn through the lens of science, art, history, policy and culture, grounded in an understanding and appreciation for the people who call the Arctic home.

Photo (c) Natta Summerky/SOI Foundation

We are thrilled to share that the 2019 Arctic Expedition team is made up of 130 students from 18 different countries including Canada, U.S., Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Russia, Peru, England, Ireland, Germany, Monaco, Switzerland, Seychelles, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and China (Hong Kong).

Of the 130 students on board this expedition over 50% are Indigenous. The Indigenous youth and educators from the circumpolar Arctic are an integral part of every Students on Ice expedition, helping us understand the places we visit.  

Photo (c) Natta Summerky/SOI Foundation

Through the generosity of partner organizations, 90 per cent of the youth are fully supported to participate in this transformational, life-changing experience.

The 2019 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; the Delegation of the European Union to Canada; the Assembly of First Nations NS and NL; the U.S. Embassy Ottawa; Adventure Canada; Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation; The Beatrice Snyder Foundation; Sony; Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, the Canada-UK Foundation, First Air, the official airline of Student on Ice, and more than 40 other generous supporters.

Throughout the journey, thousands of people around the world will follow and share in the expedition experience via SOI’s outreach and media strategy, including daily text, photo and video updates on SOI’s website and social media channels. To learn more and to follow the journey, visit studentsonice.com