VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The arctic is a place not many people get to explore. One Port Coquitlam teenager got the chance of a lifetime to take a trip up north while learning about the effects of climate change. Emmanuel Tse is one of many from all over the world taking part in the program “Students on Ice.” It takes students, scientists and global learners on an expedition to Canada’s arctic and Greenland. The 17 year-old entered a contest and won, he’s one of four people from BC.
Tse says “it’s been incredible to say the least.”
“We’ve seen three polar bears. We’ve seen a couple of seals, a swimming caribou. One of the important aspects of the trip is learning about the history and culture of the Inuit that live up here. I feel privilege to see their way of living,” he explains.
But the focus of the excursion is more about science and education.
“We learn about how the water temperatures and how they definitely affect global temperatures, and practical things related to that, using instruments to measures, temperature, the depth and salinity of the water.”
But he’s also blown away by all of the scenery and the best lesson learned so far is having an appreciation for the environment.
“When I go home I plan to take advantage of the natural treasures and the beauty of nature in your own backyard.”
The team is on the Labrador Coast and is headed to Greenland next.