Trekkers raise awareness about Arctic climate

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

I reached Kiera Kolson last week in Longyearbyen, a settlement in the Norwegian Arctic.

To listen to our conversation on Radio Canada International, click here

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.

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