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Where in the world are you based?
These days I am in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, in the french Alps! This is where I am originally from. I never want to be far from mountains, from snow and ice, hence my decision to be in the Alps. Just like the Arctic, the Alps are deeply affected by climate change. This is a great place to help people connect with the importance of climate action as we can see the effects of climate change happening right before our eyes.
What made you want to drive change?
As a glaciologist, I get to spend most of my time on the frontline of climate change. Since I started studying glaciers in the Alps and later on in the Arctic, I have seen glaciers retreating, disappearing, collapsing. The speed of change can be overwhelming. I’ve always thought that scientists like me needed to go beyond publishing papers or reports, we needed to be the voice of these environments and tell the world about them. As we are the main witnesses of the changes caused by the climate crisis, we should also be the strongest for climate action.
This is why we started Climate Sentinels with some of my closest friends, who also happen to be some of the most brilliant polar scientists I know. We want to be more than scientists publishing their results in obscure scientific journals, we want to drive change. This expedition is about demonstrating that science in the polar regions can and should be cleaner. We want to lead by example. We want to make polar research accessible to all, especially to the younger generations. People need to understand the importance of the Arctic on their day to day lives. And finally, as an all female expedition we want to inspire and empower people from all genders to get into STEMM fields, and to act positively for our planet.
What does a day in your life look like?
2021 will be a make or break year in the fight against climate change. Therefore my days are focused on finding new ways to communicate the importance, the fragility and low resilience of the snow and ice regions of the world. I get to work with scientists from all over the world and create products designed for policy-makers and for the general public.
As our Svalbard expedition is quickly approaching (we’re leaving in a few weeks), me and my team are also spending quite a few hours training every week and finalizing our logistics! Today I’m trying to find two polar dogs who will accompany us in the field and watch for polar bears. Not the worst item on my to do list!
If you could tell the PANGAIA community one thing, what would it be?
The first thing I would like to tell the PANGAIA community is to trust science and the scientists. Rest assured that we’re trying our very best to better understand climate change and its consequences. But we cannot drive change alone. So go ahead, and connect with scientists! Contact them by email, social media, ask them all the questions you may have about climate change. Ask them about the solutions you could implement in your own household, in your own neighborhood. Time is running out but it is still not too late to make a difference, and you’re never too small to make a difference. Together, we can drive the change and be the change.
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