By Julien Paquette
Monday, at the Canadian Museum of Nature, a group of students, including three from the Ottawa area, and researchers celebrated the return of an expedition in northern Canada and Arctic waters.
The expedition, led by environmentalist Geoff Green, ended Sunday night when the group returned to Ottawa. An event was held at the Canadian Museum of Nature, the main supporter of the program, in order to share tales from the voyage and to thank the various sponsors.
Students from India, Monaco, the United States and more shared their experience with those present. Several said they were aware of the importance of protecting our planet.
From Iqaluit to Greenland, the trip participants were able to see icebergs, whales, polar bears, etc. "It takes time to digest what we've been through; it was really magical," said Green.
Green said he was very pleased with how the expedition went. For him, the most important thing is that the young people enjoyed their experience. "The goal is to enable students to connect with nature," said Green. "They now have an understanding of the Arctic, but also have a better understanding of challenges that await us in the future."
For her part, Jennifer Doubt, botanist and member of the trip, feels much like Green. "The best thing is to hear someone speak who has learned something new," said Doubt. "We heard this repeatedly during the expedition."
Translated by Catherine Kitts