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 news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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