September 24th, 2008 marked the sixth quarterly International Polar Day, this time focusing on People.
The Day was a great success, including three live radio events streamed from the Arctic, a global on-line discussion forum, unprecedented virtual balloon launch, and media coverage around the world. For full details, please visit the Highlights of People Day page on the Canadian IPY site or read this blog.
Use the links at the bottom of this page to find out more about our live radio events, virtual balloon launch, local and global discussions, multi-lingual flyers, and to meet IPY participants and learn about their research.
photo: Amy Clapp
People have lived in the Arctic for many millennia, developing skills, strategies, and community knowledge to survive polar conditions. They succeeded by learning to use local foods from land and ocean, by learning to move safely across land, ice, and ocean, by circum-Arctic trade, and by perpetuating their knowledge through language and culture. In recent centuries resource exploitation and political activities imposed from outside the polar regions have changed the livelihoods and well-being of polar residents in good and bad ways. Climate change and renewed exploitation present urgent challenges to Arctic people.
Join us around September 24th in learning more about People and the Polar Regions. Using the sidebar on the left of these pages you can find many ways to get involved including having local and global discussions, tuning in to radio broadcast from Arctic Canada, and launching a virtual balloon.
Activity and summary sheets are available in many languages here.
photo: Livia Monami
The IPY International Programme Office thanks the Canadian IPY Secretariat and National Committee for their help organising and coordinating this event.
Many thanks to Livia Monami and Max Holmes for the images on these pages.
Content pages:Connecting Communities from Pole to Pole
Information for everyone:
IPY projects that involve IPY and people in both the Arctic and Antarctica.
Profiles of scientists studying IPY and people. Several are happy to be contacted.
Links to organisations with content about IPYand people.
Learn about past and future Polar Days.
Information for educators:
Ideas for the classroom, in several languages!
Add your balloon to a map of people marking International Polar Day.
Students and teachers talk to scientists at the poles, live.
Press releases and images for downloading.