Meet Geoff Green

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

7. Where did the idea for "Students on Ice" come from?

I had been a school teacher and then an expedition leader.  One day the two careers collided while standing on a beach in Antarctica.  I was leading expeditions for adult groups of film crews, tourists, scientists, and witnessing how profoundly moved they were by visiting the Arctic and Antarctic.  There perspectives on the Planet were being challenged and changed.  I just thought imagine if we could give that same experience to youth at the beginning of their lives...

8. What has been your funniest moment during a trek?

Probably the time when I got stuck on an ice-floe and had to be rescued by my ship.  All the students were out on deck taking pictures and poking fun at the fact they were rescuing their "leader"!  I never heard the end of that. What do you hope to inspire in others?

A deep connection to the natural world and a commitment to be responsible and passionate stewards for a healthy and sustainable future.

10. Who inspires you?
Unfortunately, not many of our current leaders.  But many great people from the past like Sir Ernest Shackleton, and from the present like Dr. Fred Roots.  However, I think I am most inspired by seeing young people out there getting involved and really trying to change things as young leaders.

11. When it comes to environment, what do you hope to achieve to protect it?

As an educator I think the most important thing I can do is try to motivate, educate and inspire as many people as I can from all generations.  Motivate, educate and inspire them to make the best decisions they can, be stewards and ambassadors for a sustainable future, and make the environment, air, water, habitat, food, and all the other things that sustain life of Earth priorities.

12. What is your favorite ice cream?

Dulce de Leche!

13. What book is on your bookshelf right now?

"The Wayfinders" by Wade Davis, and "Seasick" by Alanna Mitchell