05 april 2013

Eye on the Arctic – North Pole trek to raise awareness about Arctic climate


Kiera-Dawn Kolson, an outreach campaigner for Greenpeace Canada, during North Pole Expedition training in Norway.
(Christian Åslund / Greenpeace)

Each week, Eye on the Arctic features stories and newsmakers from across Canada’s northern regions
Today we take you from the Canadian North all the way to the Norwegian Arctic where Canadian  spoken-word artist and songwriter Kiera-Dawn Kolson is about to trek to the North Pole.

Kolson, an Arctic outreach campaigner for Greenpeace, will cross-country ski to the pole along with sixteen others from the around the world, to raise awareness about climate change as part of the Save the Arctic campaign.

A member of the Tso’Tine and Gwich’in First Nations in Canada’s Northwest Territories, Kolson has seen the effects of climate change first hand, and hopes the trip will inspire others around the world to think about what they can do to preserve the environment.

“What are our children going to inherit?” Kolson said. “We can’t just abandon the North. We have a deep responsibility in this generation, not only as indigenous people, but as the human race, to recognize our responsibility.”

“I’m just hoping that through our actions people will be inspired to recognize, that on an individual level, we can make a difference”

Related Link:

Save the Arctic 

Kiera-Dawn Kolson on Twitter

To find out more, Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn reached Kiera Kolson earlier this week in Longyearbyen, a settlement in the Norwegian Arctic.
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