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Navigating From Rio+20 to Polar Sustainability - Students on Ice Alumni Delegation

Navigating From Rio+20 to Polar Sustainability - Students on Ice Alumni Delegation

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The Polar Regions are crucially important to global sustainable development. The well-being of the Polar Regions matters to every nation and every person on Earth. With the multitude of challenges facing the Polar Regions, action must be taken by all of us now, not later, to ensure its future sustainability.

This Rio+20 recommendation paper is about polar sustainable development challenges and solutions. Its main purpose is for international decision-makers to become educated on the key sustainable development challenges facing the polar regions. The paper makes specific recommendations in which decision-makers can implement to help navigate towards polar sustainability. Action must be taken my all of us now, not later.

This paper is authored by the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation (www.soidelegation.com) and released May 2012.
The Polar Regions are crucially important to global sustainable development. The well-being of the Polar Regions matters to every nation and every person on Earth. With the multitude of challenges facing the Polar Regions, action must be taken by all of us now, not later, to ensure its future sustainability.

This Rio+20 recommendation paper is about polar sustainable development challenges and solutions. Its main purpose is for international decision-makers to become educated on the key sustainable development challenges facing the polar regions. The paper makes specific recommendations in which decision-makers can implement to help navigate towards polar sustainability. Action must be taken my all of us now, not later.

This paper is authored by the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation (www.soidelegation.com) and released May 2012.

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 STUDENTS ON ICE ALUMNI DELEGATIONNavigating from Rio+20 to Polar Sustainability 
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Navigating from Rio+20 to Polar SustainabilitySolutions for Sustainable Development in the Arctic and Antarctic
May 2012© 2012 Students on Ice Alumni DelegationThis document was written in its entirety by the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation, withthe support of Students on Ice staff and the advice of academic experts in polar issues.Photos credited to Andrew Wong, Cassandra Elphinstone, Donovan Taplin, Jenna Gall,Leah Pengelly, and Vincent Carrier.
Cover Photos
 
Top: Bergy Bits off the coast of Greenland. The image symbolizes the need to navigate through challengesto reach sustainability. (Cassandra Elphinstone)Bottom: Sunset over Kapp Linne at the Russian coal mining settlement of Barentsburg, Svalbard, Norway.(Vincent Carrier)Centre L-R:In
uit child: Traditionally clothed in sealskin, this Inuit child’s subsistence lifestyle is under threat
 (Cassandra Elphinstone).Coal Harbour, Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg, Svalbard, Norway. Russia maintains coalmines on the Island (Vincent Carrier).Adélie Penguins in Antarctica. Penguin populations are declining due to decreasing krillpopulations (Donovan Taplin).Transport Vessel docked at Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Marine traffic is expected to increase in theArctic due to the melting of multi-year sea ice (Andrew Wong).
For questions, comments, or to arrange a meeting, please contact:info@soidelegation.com
 
The Students on Ice Alumni Delegation is an international youthdelegation speaking up to ensure the future sustainability of thePolar Regions.
Members of the Students on Ice Alumni Delegationare united by the rare privilege of having visited the Arctic and/orthe Antarctic. Several members of the delegation live in the Arctic.Composed entirely of youth under the age of 24 from around theworld, the delegation has a unique perspective which will becommunicated to decision-makers in their respective countries andat the United Nations Conference on Sustainable DevelopmentRio+20 in June 2012.
Students on Ice
is an award-winning organization offering uniqueeducational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Ourmandate is to provide students, educators and scientists fromaround the world with inspiring educational opportunities at theends of the Earth and, in doing so, help them foster a newunderstanding and respect for the planet.
 
 STUDENTS ON ICE ALUMNI DELEGATIONNavigating from Rio+20 to Polar Sustainability 
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The preparation of this recommendation paper has been made possible through thededication and collaborative effort of members of the Students on Ice AlumniDelegation, all of whom are youth. In particular, special thanks go to the followingindividuals who authored, reviewed, and edited this recommendation paper:
Section Authors
 
Audrey Yank, Québec, Canada
 
Beatrice Yeung, Hong Kong, China
 
 
Carolyn Gibson, Ontario, Canada
 
 
Cassandra Elphinstone, British Columbia, Canada
 
 
Gabi Mayers, Washington D.C., USA
 
Ingrid Skjoldvaer, Nordland, Norway
 
Jesse Lever, Québec, Canada
 
Katie Baba, New Brunswick, Canada
 
Laurissa Christie, Ontario, Canada
 
Nicole Labine, Northwest Territories, Canada
Research Reviewers
 
Cassandra Elphinstone, British Columbia, Canada
 
Fatin Chowdhury (Polar Research Director), Ontario, Canada
 
Ingrid Skjoldvaer, Nordland, Norway
 
Jenna Gall (Polar Research Director), Saskatchewan, Canada
 
Minnie Molly Snowball, Québec, Canada
Lead Editors
 
Andrew Wong (Executive Director), Ontario, Canada
 
Jessica Magonet (Policy Director), Québec, CanadaWe are also very grateful to the academic experts in polar issues who devoted their timeand energy to peer review our document.Last but not least, we would like to thank the staff at Students on Ice for their continuedsupport throughout the entire process of developing this recommendation paper andfor their support in making the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation a success.

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