Why care about the Polar Regions? These Polar Climate Amassadors will tell you!

Why care in regards to the Polar Areas? These Polar Local weather Amassadors will inform you!

Polar Climate Ambassadors

Our inaugural group of Polar Local weather Ambassadors: Siya, Arnav, Alina, Janice, Ben and Bella.

Why Polar Local weather Ambassadors? by Janice Yohannan, 2023 graduate of Nyack Excessive College

Though climate change is turning into extra broadly mentioned, in relation to the polar areas, many individuals’s data ends at polar bears. The polar areas are a crucial side of the local weather disaster, however polar science isn’t all the time accessible, particularly to younger college students. The newly fashioned “Polar Local weather Ambassadors” seeks to assist shut this hole in public data.  Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory’s “Polar Local weather Ambassadors” summer time program launched for the primary time in July 2023, and is an thrilling alternative for highschool college students who’re obsessed with climate change to advocate and broaden public understanding of the polar areas. Funded by the GRate and GreenDrill science initiatives, six college students immersed themselves in constructing polar literacy, and growing a deeper understanding of local weather techniques, profession pathways, and science communication. The Polar Local weather Ambassadors’ mission is to uplift how essential the polar areas are to sustaining the steadiness of assorted Earth techniques, in addition to serving to our communities perceive the implications of the Arctic and Antarctic’s quickly altering environments.

From conducting interviews, growing studying video games, creating supplies centered on visualizing information, and designing infographics and PSAs (Public Service Bulletins), college students discovered methods to successfully talk local weather science, with an emphasis on encouraging their neighborhood members and friends to take motion. They have been concurrently uncovered to the rising polar educational discipline, and the presence and significance of the indigenous communities within the Arctic. Every pupil walked away with a profound pleasure to combat climate change of their lives exterior this system and better consciousness of the sweetness and significance of the poles. Over a number of posts our college students will share a few of their merchandise, and focus on their very own takeaways from their expertise on this program. 

Youth Sue the State of Montana Over Local weather Change, Our Assembly with Rikki Held! by Siya Balapal, pupil at Nanuet Senior Excessive College

            After 4 years handed because the preliminary explanation for motion was filed for the case Held v. Montana, historical past simply unfolded in courtroom! Primarily, 16 plaintiffs succeeded in suing their state, Montana, over failures associated to climate change. Montana officers have been confirmed to worsen local weather situations in Montana, subsequently depriving the youth of their proper to a clear and wholesome atmosphere. Not solely was this a serious turning level for local weather litigation, but additionally for youth empowerment in authorities, one thing emphasised by these scientists on this  clip under that our crew compiled! 

            On the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, our Polar Local weather Ambassadors group obtained the superb alternative and privilege to satisfy with Rikki Held this summer time who was right here for just a few days engaged on some science analysis. Rikki’s final identify labels the case as, on the age of 18, she was the one plaintiff who was a authorized grownup when the submitting occurred. A fifth technology Montanan, Rikki grew up on her household farm and watched first-hand the impacts of climate change on their land. When air high quality in her state continued being exceptionally low in comparison with the remainder of the nation, and dangerous pollution from close by coal fireplace energy vegetation have been a relentless presence within the air, she determined to assist take a stand. Her determination moved her right into a management function within the case, and he or she was referred to as upon to offer proof in courtroom of how fossil gasoline emissions took away the elemental proper of a clear and wholesome atmosphere. 

Rikki may be very dedicated, with a power and sense of perseverance, however one factor that stood out to us was her capacity to step ahead to battle the state of Montana however then to step again and pursue different passions even because the case continued to progress. She quickly will depart for a brand new alternative with the Peace Corps, and it’s extremely beneficial to see her proceed together with her life and transfer onto different issues whereas the case, nonetheless an vital ardour of hers, continues. Notice that it was quickly after assembly her, that there was a ruling on the case in favor of the youth! 

            The case serves as a pioneer in environmental litigation that may very seemingly function a spine to future circumstances as climate change turns into increasingly more encapsulating. Rikki additionally talked about how the choice of this case might have an effect on the choices of upcoming circumstances reminiscent of these in Hawaii and different states. As such circumstances come up, I’ve grow to be extra hopeful in regards to the standing of our planet. It’s vital to recollect how vital authorities motion might be, and the way youth and adults alike can have energy over the path of our laws. However what are you able to particularly do?

Speaking to Scientist: Elevating Consciousness on Necessary Subjects in Polar Science by Alina Mundankel, pupil at Clarkstown Excessive College South 

            Polar science is an ever rising discipline that performs a significant function in predicting the long run impacts of climate change on a world scale. Researchers on this discipline endure quite a few obstacles to collect data on the motion of ice sheets, polar ecology, sea degree rise, and different subjects that advance our understanding of the advanced processes that make up our planet. Because the poles proceed to bear fast transformations resulting from rising temperatures, understanding the broader implications of environmental shifts and the affect these areas have on individuals is step one in the direction of change. 

            The Polar Local weather Ambassadors Program this summer time devoted a portion of their time to conducting interviews of a number of scientists on the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. We interviewed researchers from initiatives that included GreenDrill,  GRate,  Greenland Lakes, Greenland Rising and some summer time polar REU (Analysis Expertise for Undergraduate) college students. By means of these interviews, we have been in a position to get firsthand accounts of thrilling fieldwork experiences, difficult and rewarding moments all through the scientists’ careers, recommendation for college students focused on polar science, and far more. We broke up our interviews into particular person “Scientist Highlight” movies and quick compilation movies on subjects that we discovered vital to deal with (like ‘what are you able to do to combat climate change’ above).

One ‘Scientist Highlight’ interview was with Nicolás Younger,  a scientist who’s a part of each the GreenDrill and the GRate Tasks. He defined that each deal with fieldwork & modeling to discover the historical past of the Greenland Ice Sheet, but at totally different time scales. We discovered in a number of interveiws that polar scientists require ample preparation and the flexibility to adapt in numerous environments to be able to retrieve samples and efficiently conduct fieldwork. Nicolás famous that “once you work within the Arctic nothing ever goes the way you assume it’s going to go”! We have been additionally within the scientists every day work routine when doing analysis on the poles. Recognized for his or her excessive temperatures and lack of precipitation, Nicolás famous that ‘You might be nearly assured to drop a few pounds, as a result of the physique burns so many energy attempting to maintain itself heat!’  

Our scientist compilation video, “Recommendation for Future Scientists” (above) presents quite a lot of profession pathways into polar science as shared by our interviews. Your curiosity for a subject can root from any expertise you loved: an internship, highschool class, analysis, and so forth. It’s vital to decide on your profession with an open thoughts and, most significantly, to ‘comply with your coronary heart’! 

            Our time with the scientists helped make clear points concerning the poles. One frequent message the scientists had was that the polar areas are altering at quick charges like by no means earlier than.The Arctic has warmed almost 4 occasions sooner than the remainder of the world over the previous 43 years. Though we aren’t closely impacted by these modifications now, it can impact our kids and grandchildren in years to come back. One in every of our targets this summer time was to seek out methods to amplify this message to our native communities and schooling techniques. The scientist interview movies could be used as an academic product to unfold consciousness on subjects in polar science and educate individuals on how they might assist mitigate the impacts of climate change. Whether or not it’s by small particular person modifications like consuming much less or making a extra sustainable food regimen, or by extra impactful methods like voting, each single individual can do their half to gradual the speed of world warming and climate change. My participation on this program allowed me to not solely additional my data of polar science and meet quite a few scientists within the discipline, but additionally to create consciousness on climate change and get others concerned!


“Polar Local weather Ambassadors” is a brand new youth centered polar local weather schooling initiative led by Margie Turrin, and funded by the GRate and GreenDrill science analysis initiatives. If you’re focused on studying extra about this challenge please contact Margie.