Hello Earth Rangers! My name is Chris Gismondi and I’m ecstatic that I get to journey to the amazing Arctic with Students on Ice (SOI). I’m thrilled to be participating in this year’s expedition and to have the opportunity to share my experience with Earth Rangers across Canada.
I was recently asked why I think the environment is such a cause for concern. I replied “Its common sense!” You wouldn’t want to live somewhere if it wasn’t clean. Our earth is a little bigger, but the idea is no different. We take, take, take from the land and I think it’s important to respect our source of life and preserve it for the future. Never let anyone tell you we can’t save the environment, we made it this way and we can change it back! Earth Rangers and people who share this passion are helping to accomplish that every day! Positivity is key, not just for battling climate change, but in life in general.
I decided to apply for this trip because I believe, and I’m sure all you Earth Rangers agree, that the environment needs to be protected. I hope to share my experiences afterward to inspire others to help combat climate change and protect the Earth, our home. I first encountered SOI at an awards breakfast I was attending with a school club (Awareness and Activism Association at White Oaks Secondary School) and the founder, Geoff Green, gave an incredible presentation about the experiences that SOI provides for students. I knew that I wanted to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the Arctic.
I am a passionate history student, artist, and activist. Through this trip I hope to be inspired by the landscape and people and come home with a new fire for spreading the word about the importance of environmentalism and conservation. I am really looking forward to seeing the culture and way of life in the north. Aboriginal people have not had an easy time throughout history and Inuit people continue to live in the one of the most hostile environments and I think it is inspiring that even battling the elements they can live with the land respectfully. I am also really excited to meet some incredible people on this journey, from the students to the chaperones. I hope you all continue to pursue your passions. You will meet people with common interests and surrounding yourself with a community of people who have similar passions and goals can lift your spirits. I believe community is essential for environmentalism, we can accomplish much more together than alone. I will keep you posted Earth Rangers!