Global Warming 101, a three month expedition across Baffin Island in the Arctic Circle, has completed its mission.
The purpose of the expedition, which was sponsored in part by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) and Fagen, Inc., was to draw attention to the effects global climate change is having on native Inuit population in some of the coldest areas of the world – the first to see the impacts of the warming of the earth.
EPIC executive director Tom Slunecka and Fagen president Ron Fagen both traveled to the small remote fishing and hunting community of Iqaluit for the conclusion of the expedition.
“Most people wouldn’t think that there’s a connection between biofuels and the Arctic circle,” Slunecka said. “But as we’ve discovered, ethanol’s ability to reduce harmful gases that contribute to global warming is dramatic, and there’s no more dramatic place to see it than to go to the North Pole.”
Slunecka says world-renowned explorer Will Steger talked with the Inuit people to find out about the changes they have been seeing. “The elders in the tribes have seen a large change in insects, birds and plant life now being introduced in the region,” he said. “With the warming climate, they are very concerned about new diseases being introduced that will ultimately affect everyone who lives in the region.”
Listen to an interview with Tom here: [audio:http://www.zimmcomm.biz/epic/epic-gw101-wrap.mp3]