Canadian youth explore the Arctic - Unique expedition aims to inspire future leaders and ambassadors for the planet

    OTTAWA, Aug. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - While school is out for the summer, dozens
of Canadian and international youth between the ages of 14 and 17 are planning
the "class-trip" of a lifetime. Starting July 31, 2009, sixty exceptional
students from every Canadian province and territory - including twenty
northern indigenous students - will travel through the Canadian Arctic on
board the Polar Ambassador, a specially designed icebreaker as part of a
unique 13-day educational adventure. The goal is for youth to gain a new
perspective on Canada, its wonders, its present and future challenges and to
become advocates for polar protection.
    The expedition is led by Geoff Green, founder and Executive Director of
the award-winning Students on Ice program. Participants will explore southern
Baffin Island, Nunavut and the northern reaches of Nunavik. Joining the
students on board the ship are thirty polar scientists, educators, musicians
and artists.
    Having access to a 'lab' provided by Mother Nature herself presents an
extraordinary learning opportunity for these students. Getting on the ground
training and being surrounded by experts will enable students to witness
first-hand the impacts of climate change on the Arctic region and its people.
They will visit remote Inuit villages to participate in cultural exchanges as
    "This will be an opportunity for some exceptional students to explore a
part of the planet that very few ever get to experience - a place that is
widely recognized as the planet's early-warning system for climate change",
says Geoff Green, a Canadian adventurer, environmentalist and founder of the
award-winning organization. "Instilling environmental ethics and making the
issues real and personal is a big part of what we hope will inspire and
motivate these young leaders."


    - The expedition ship is fully equipped with the latest technologies
      enabling 'on ship' audio and video interviews with students for the
      duration of the expedition.
    - The students will blog daily about the expedition on a special
      expedition website. Photos, video and student journals will be posted
      daily at and are available to the
      media via a special FTP site.
    - A detailed itinerary of the expedition can be viewed at:

    About Students on Ice and the Expedition

    Students on Ice is an award winning non-profit organization that provides
youth with ship-based educational adventures to the Arctic and Antarctica. The
Students on Ice program explores how youth can be effective agents of change.
The expedition represents an incredible opportunity for youth to expand their
knowledge about the circumpolar world, and to gain a new global perspective of
our planet, its wonders, and our sustainability challenges - present and

    Interview Opportunities:

    Geoff Green - Expedition Leader, SOI Founder & Executive Director

    Honorable Ann Meekitjuk Hanson - Commissioner of Nunavut

    Students from every Canadian province and territory

    International Scientists and polar experts - to see the list of team
    members and their profiles,

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview: Chris Ralph or
Kathleen Connelly, Students on Ice Expeditions, 1-866-336-6423,; Chantal Morin, Edelman, (514) 844-6665 x 237,

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