Here are some answers to the questions asked by the chlidren of the schools. (And all these questions are available here.)
Where will you put your spare wheel?
We each have a foldable tire and a few spare spokes. Luckily, we haven’t had to use any of them so far.
How many clothes will you take with you?
We just bought some very warm clothes in case of arctic temperatures in Prudhoe Bay. All in all, we have approximately 5 tops, 2 pairs of pants and 4 pairs of underwear each.
How are you going to wash your clothes?
We use a multi-purpose cleaner and a foldable basin (see here).
What will you do if you meet a grizzly?
Well, what DID we do when we saw a grizzly? We stopped as soon as we saw it. Then, while walking back slowly and keeping an eye on it (but without looking at it in the eyes), we identified us as humans by calmly speaking and waving our hands. If it adopts an aggressive behaviour and there is an imminent assault, we each carry a bear spray to deter it.
How do the people help tackling climate change ?
Even if lots of people are aware of climate change, few actually do something about it and change their way of life.
How has the way of life of first Nations changed ?
The way of life of First Nations has deeply changed recently, independently of climate change. However, the most obvious effect of global warming on their way of life is the change of migratory routes which leads, as a consequence, to the disappearance of some settlements (see Climate Change post).
As said elsewhere, Jean et Nicolas overestimated the time available when taking a rest day. As a consequence, they posted fewer drawings than expected and wished. They’ll do everything to change that matter of fact but, given the regions will cross in the near future, they can’t promise you anything. They hope you will understand.
The drawings can be found in the Drawings subsection of the Photos section. They added some on their last connection and I added two today.
We have put two new drawings on the website.
You can see all those who have been selected so far here .
After a long break, the blog is finally updated. We read all the questions we have received and we compiled them in the page Questions. We will answer the ones concerning the preparation in the next month and the rest during our trip.
We can already make some comments:
– the most concerned about our health (and also the ones thinking of the most frightening situations) are the girls
– when the Scots wonder if some plants have already gone extinct, the Quebecers ask for our budget and what we would do when confronted to a grizzli.These are all great questions and we hope our answers will contain all the information you want.
I will complete this post by answering one question I particularly like:
Are you aware of the danger of this trip? Marian
Well, probably not as much as our parents wish us to be. However, if we were aware of the danger of this trip, we would probably not do it and that would be really sad.
Wow! I gave my first talk to Montreal kids today! It was at Stanislas school, in Outremont, Montreal. The children were wonderful, participating, asking questions and interested in the project. As Jean had told me, these moments are pure magic! I can’t wait for April, 17th to meet them again, this time with my bike and all the equipment.
Thank you all for being there.
The pictures are available there: http://www.arctic2007.org/photos/schools/stanislas/
We visited our first school! Jean met the children of one of the schools from the Eco Schools Network in Scotland: Kincardine near Menteith. Children asked many questions, questions we will ask ourselves to the population encountered along the way. Jean will visit them again before leaving for Vancouver, and once more after our trip to talk about our journey. Click on the links below to see the pictures of his visit.
Jean visits his first school in Scotland – 1
Jean visits his first school in Scotland – 2