Meet Geoff Green

Geoff dishes on what keeps him going back to the Arctic (and Antarctica) and his favorite ice cream

http://www.greenlivingonline.com/sites/default/files/Students on ice 3_2.jpgGeoff Green has led 75 expeditions to Antarctica and 30 to the Arctic, as well as dozens of other adventures around the world. Notable organizations such as the Discovery Channel and the Smithsonian Institution enlist Geoff to lead their expeditions. Geoff received a Special Commendation from the U.S. Congress for his work with youth and the environment and recently received the prestigious Michael J. Smith Award for Science Promotion in Canada. In 2007, he was named a Fellow of the Explorers Club in New York City and was awarded the prestigious “Explorers Club Citation of Merit.”

Geoff is the founder of the award-winning program “Students on Ice”. Since 1999, he has taken over 900 students, teachers, scientists and experts from around the world to both polar regions. He is a passionate ambassador for the protection of the planet’s global ecosystem. He inspires and motivates groups around the world of all ages with tales of adventure, incredible visuals, and personal observations on topics such as leadership, vision, teamwork, climate change and the power of youth.

The second annual Brita FilterForGood Eco-Challenge is giving away a once-in-a-lifetime chance for environmentally-conscious teens across Canada to experience one of the greatest classrooms on earth, the Arctic, through Students on Ice. (The FilterForGood campaign was created by Brita in 2008 to help educate Canadians about the negative impacts of bottled water waste.  At FilterForGood.ca, Canadians can take a pledge to reduce their consumption of bottled water.)

1. What is it that attracts you to exploring the Arctic & Antarctica and keeps you going back?

So many things.  The beauty, the power, the wildlife, the awe and the wonder that  you feel.  They are the cornerstones of our global ecosystem and places that humble, over-whelm, and inspire. The are also places where you feel that Mother Nature is in control, and thus they help put things in the right global perspective for me.  Probably the main thing that takes me back year after year is the joy of sharing with the students and introducing them to these special parts of the Planet.

2. How do you prepare for each expedition?

A lot of the preparation for me now is the fundraising and outreach to get the students from all around the world on the expeditions.  The actual logistics and personal preparation is pretty easy.  After over 100 expeditions to the Polar Regions we now what needs to be done!