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In the wilderness lies the preservation of the world.
Henry David Thoreau

What’s it like above the arctic circle?

I will answer this question over the next five months here! Yesterday, I arrived in Fort McPherson. Together with Shayla Snowshoe and many partners, we are going to support the struggle for the protection of the Peel River Watershed, the traditional homeland of the Gwich’in First Nations (see earlier post for more information). Through an expedition into the land and an exchange with German students, we want to give you the chance to experience true wilderness first hand. For what you love you won’t allow to be destroyed! I had a great first day! At cozy -33°C, I took part in my first hockey tournament ever and our team got second place! Outside it might be freezing, but it’s easy to forget that when you meet the heart-warming Gwich’in! I was overwhelmed by the hospitality, friendliness and interest today. Thanks to everyone for welcoming me so heartily!

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