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Sailing into the planet’s barometer
Photo: Rebecca Zalatan

For two weeks in September, high school students representing every province and territory in Canada will join students from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Brazil and India and become climate-change ambassadors as part of the sixth annual Cape Farewell expedition. The students will travel southwest from Iceland, past Cape Farewell, the southernmost tip of Greenland, to Baffin Island, Nunavut, to focus attention on the dramatic changes occurring in the North.

The expedition is funded by the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organization dedicated to promoting education and cultural relations, and supported by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Created by British artist David Buckland in 2001, the expedition is based on the notion that artists and scientists must collaborate to help the public better understand climate-change issues.

Working on science and art projects with the experts on board, the students will send video and text blogs home to their schools and will continue their participation once they return. Artists and scientists on previous excursions have contributed to the evocative “Cape Farewell: Art and Climate Change” international exhibit, featuring moving images projected onto glacial ice.

“We are hugely excited about this expedition,” says Martin Rose, director of the British Council in Ottawa. “The Canadian Arctic is clearly one of the most important regions when it comes to climate change.” Quoting Nobel Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Rose adds, “It’s the health barometer for the planet.”

For expedition updates, visit www.capefarewellcanada.ca.

— Christie Elizabeth

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