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Our Poles. Our Planet
Youth Environmental Sustainability Conference



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The 2016 Our Poles, Our Planet  Conference brought together more than 200 students from across the GTA together to learn about the fundamental significance of our planet’s polar regions and the fundamental need for them to be protected.


The world’s polar regions are the all-encompassing future of our planet. Ecologically, they play a vital role in regulating the Earth’s climate and weather. They contain the world’s largest reserves of freshwater and ice. They are home to diverse and uniquely adapted ecosystems. Yet, the poles also have a unique artistic importance. They are human - full of history and stories of harrowing courage, adventure and expedition. And above all, they are beautiful - a masterpiece of nature. We believe that such important areas need to be protected and conserved so that future generations can continue to live lives that are unaffected by climate and still accompanied by these beacons of hope. The only way to ensure this protection for the Arctic and Antarctic is to make youth aware of their fundamental importance. For many, the polar regions are just mysterious white blocks on both edges of the globe. Our mission is to change that perception.  


This conference feature lectures by a set of guest speakers who have each done incredible work in the polar regions. They included Geoff Green, a polar educator, social entrepreneur, adventurer and Order of Canada recipient; Lee Narraway, a Canadian Geographic photographer; and various others. These formal presentations will be complemented by a variety of interactive seminars led by active youth who are working towards the preservation of the polar regions. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to network with fellow delegates and share their passion in a supportive community.  


Geoff Green is a Canadian adventurer, environmentalist and educator who has been leading expeditions and adventures from pole to pole for more than a decade.

In 2012, he was appointed to the Order of Canada to acknowledge his service to the country and to humanity through his work with Students on Ice. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education from Nipissing University.