So, the whole thing started out like this:
Charlotte Empey, Metro Editor-in-Chief: “Elisha, I know you’ve got a little one, but we have an opportunity for you go to Churchill and maybe do a report. Just wondering if you’d be interested.”
Me: “Forget my kid. I am so in. Thank god I didn’t get rid of my Sorels!”
All right, it’s not everyone’s dream destination. But it’s one of mine.
I’m ridiculously excited to say that I am heading to the Polar Bear Capital of the World, as part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the efforts being made by the World Wildlife Fund to make sure polar bears live long enough for my kid’s great-grandkids to see them roam.
I leave on Friday, and I’m back on Sunday. It’s only three days, but what makes it amazing is I get to chat with and interview scientists about the dangers polar bears, and other animals, face thanks to a rapidly-melting Arctic. For a science nerd like me, this is like winning a Nobel Prize.
I’m also going to be hanging out with a bunch of executives from Coca-Cola, who have recently announced a major donation to the WWF’s polar bear conservation efforts. Rumour has it a celeb may be on the trip with us as well, but that hasn’t been confirmed… yet.
So I’ll be blogging about my experiences daily, starting today and throughout the entire trip. You can also follow me on Twitter @elishadacey as I’ll be tweeting about my experiences whenever I can – the Internet up north can be a little spotty.
Then you can check out the complete package and story Nov. 18 online and in our papers, of course.
Excuse me. Have to go dig out my Sorels.
Elisha Dacey is the Managing Editor of Metro Winnipeg. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org