Team Changing Earth is getting ready to head north (far north) to Arctic Bay in Nunavut, Canada. To get there, we’ll take three flights on smaller and smaller planes.
The mission: Tackle an unbeaten path across 170 miles of Arctic wilderness dominated by sea ice, granite mountains, glaciers, and unforgiving winds. Document stories en route focused on how we find strength and purpose in an increasingly fragile, interconnected, and stressed world. Our team of four explorers will travel by ski and snowshoe, pulling all gear, food, and technology in large sleds called pulks. We will visit schools and talk with residents in two small Inuit communities en route, learning about the social, economic, and environmental challenges faced in this remote region, and how people adapt and find purpose even amidst constant change. Our team will share our journey online in real time, and offer a free learning portal for students and teachers.
This expedition is part of The Changing Earth, a new adventure learning series of eight expeditions over four years to remote regions of the Arctic and the Tropics. The Arctic and Tropics are facing some of the most rapid and widespread environmental and sociocultural changes on Earth. The goal of The Changing Earth is to combine an inspirational physical adventure with a shared educational one.
The first expedition will begin in Arctic Bay
, a small Inuit community on the northern end of Baffin Island in Canada. From Arctic Bay, the team will travel out by ski and snowshoe, crossing the Borden Peninsula through Sirmilik National Park
, one of the least explored parks in Canada. From there they’ll head out across sea ice along the southern coast of Bylot Island, a large uninhabited island that provides sanctuary for migrating birds. Their final destination is the community of Pond Inlet
, on the northeastern shore of Baffin Island.
is made up of four explorer-educators: Team leader Aaron Doering
is an adventure learning pioneer, professor, and worldwide explorer who has previously dogsledded and pulked throughout the circumpolar Arctic, ranging from Chukotka, Russia, and Fennoscandia, around the globe to Greenland, Canada, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Doering will be accompanied on this journey by three fellow adventurers and education professionals: Chris Ripken
, a high school geography teacher recognized for his innovative uses of technology in the classroom; Jeni Henrickson
, a researcher and creative professional passionate about getting people outdoors; and Matthew Whalen
, a professional videographer and seasoned outdoorsman.
The ultimate mission of the Changing Earth is to help create an environmentally literate and socially engaged generation of learners worldwide who are able to blend traditional and 21st century scientific and cultural knowledge to generate innovative solutions to guide the Earth and its diverse inhabitants into the future.