Hi, My name is Mr. Green. Please join me as I travel to Churchill Canada to study Climate Change.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wrap Up and Homeward Bound!

All Photos by Joe Carter Green, except where noted otherwise.

Dear Students,




Our final day of field work included more soil coring in the permafrost.


The tool you see in this photo is called the extended length coring tool. It took a team effort to finally core down to a depth of 2 meters! Another, thing, when permafrost cores are brought to the surface they give off a strong odor. The odor is due to the decomposition of the organic matter, and believe, me it is a funky odor!


Homeward Bound:

It is now time to say goodbye to the polar bears and eagles.

This expedition is ending... new friendships and memories have been made with my fellow teachers here.

During the trip, we gathered and processed over 200 soil samples and about 500 seedlings and saplings. Dr. Kershaw will share some preliminary findings at his last presentation right be
fore we leave.


So what, now what?

What a wonderful world we live in. Our Earth has so many beautiful sites and since this is the only ho
me we have we need to be aware of our impact and what the future will hold.

An increasing body of observations gives a collective picture of a warming world and other changes in the climate system. I was a small part of a project in a long term study of climate change at the Arctic’s edge. Dr. Kershaw’s research on the Arctic environment provides important data to understand the implications of climate change for natural and human systems.

Now it’s time I share what I learned with others. Upon returning I will be getting with students and tea
chers and we will be deciding on a community project for local action

As this experience in Churchill comes to a close I must thank many people. I will not mention names on the blog, only titles.

Special Thanks To:

My administration at Pope for giving me the time away from school at the beginning of a new school year. THANK YOU!

My substitute teacher who for the past eight school days has taken over my classes. THANK YOU!

My colleagues at Pope High School for your support.

To my family, for your love and support of my involvement in this journey. THANK YOU!

To my students, who I am sure you have behaved for your sub and for replying to my posts on this blog. It was nice to see your comments and questions. THANK YOU!

THANKS TO ALL!

Some Closing Thoughts

My time here in Churchill is done. This has been a great experience, and I look forward to sharing it with my students, colleagues, friends, family and anyone who wants to listen.

However, this is just the start. Upon my return to school, I will work with my students, and we will continue on this journey together, with a goal to make everyone more appreciative of this place we call Earth. God has blessed us with a beautiful place to live, a place like no other that we are aware of. We must not take it for granted, we must not live in the present, we must think of the future.

The human mind can not comprehend geologic time, we can not imagine 500 hundred years into the future, much less 5000, or 500,000. There are things that we can do now to protect our planet for future generations. We must understand what we can do and take individual responsibility. There are things related to our environment and climate change that we have no control over, but there are also things that we do have control over in terms of protecting our environment.

A wise man is the man who plants a tree under whose shade he will never expect to sit. It is the same principal with our environment in terms of climate change. The actions we do or do not take today, will have benefits or consequences for our grandchildren and future generations.

Throughout geologic history there have been many changes to this earth and there will continue to be changes, some soon, others later, but the reality is there will be change. It is like we are on the Titanic and we know the iceberg is straight ahead and we are heading right for it, yet we have time to do something. The momentum can not be stopped on a dime. Do we make the necessary adjustments and just graze the iceberg, or do we do nothing and hit it head on? I prefer to just graze the iceberg.

It’s the little things that we all can do that make a difference.Do your part. Do not rely only on the actions of others to take responsibility for our environment. It is a personal responsibility that each person must embrace.

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