Hearts in the Ice

 Welcome to  "Hearts in the Ice" Thank you all for helping us to reach our Goal !
All donations through this site are in Canadian dollars. If you want to donate 100usd - you would donate 134 Cdn Dollars ( please check exchange rates)  Thank you for the bottom of our hearts. xx

Update July 28th 2019!

Thank you so much everyone!!!
We had a very successful fundraiser in Angwin California on June 22nd  hosted by friends Tim and Flin
McDonald . We auctioned off an Antarctic trip with Polar Latitudes, An Arctic trip for our Sept 13-17th
send off voyage on board M/S Nordstjernen, a Fender guitar, lots of incredible wine from local Vineyards, sailing lessons from OCSC in Berkeley, Backpack/outdoor kit from Sportago, and having Hilde and Sunniva
keynote for a future event/meeting. It was such a beautiful day full of family, friends and c community.
Thanks again to Tim and Flin and gather family for such an undertaking of love! xx

What is " Hearts in the Ice"?

Hearts in the Ice is a platform for dialogue and engagement around climate change and what role
each of us has to play in under-standing what is happening in your part of the world. We want to
inspire engagement in a positive way, we want to share resources around what to do, how you can
become a citizen scientist in your own backyard or town. 

We want to inspire action and thoughtfulness. Our hope is that through our project, as extreme as it is, others will stand up, lean in and let your voices be heard so that we stop the escalation of change. You are 1 in 7.3 billion+ but you are ONE.  The power of ONE is evidenced around the world.
One students' voice has the power to mobilize millions and create a movement.

Here is a link to a 5-min video trailer for "Hearts in the Ice" https://vimeo.com/315700999

Every cause, mission, expedition and worthy endeavour starts with a great story.
www.heartsintheice.com  is no different.  We have a great cause, expedition and mission, except for
the fact that our story is about all of us. All 7.3 billion+ of us .

Who are we?

We are two women -Hilde Fålun Strøm – Svalbard, Norway and Sunniva Sorby – B.C, Canada 
The better part of our careers have revolved around the two icy regions of the Arctic and the
Antarctic. In fact, we each have about 25 years of exposure to change seen in the ice- the decline, the wildlife- new species and decline of others and the changes in weather. Svalbard has seen record rainfall, year after year! Things will never go back to what was once "normal".  
Climate change has the attention of many -long overdue as the evidence is everywhere.

 As we (Hilde and Sunniva) have borne witness to so much of this change we could not just sit back
and do nothing!  So, over a year ago we started " Hearts in the Ice", a testament to our commitment
as Polar Ambassadors to protect these beautiful icy Polar regions and to educate others about what
the changes mean. It is too easy to feel doom and gloom around the depressing facts- we want to
change that.

What are we doing?

Beginning August 2019 through May 2020, the two of us are taking all of our skills and expedition
experience amassed over decades and we will be living as sustainably and thoughtfully as possible.
We will be based 140km away from the nearest neighbour at a trappers cabin called Bamsebu. 
No running water, no electricity, no netflix, no internet.  All of our sourcing will be aligned with the
heart of the project. Our power needs will come from solar and wind and we will test cutting edge
technology including electric snowmobiles.

We will be remote citizen scientists by collecting data for scientists that are actively studying the
rapid escalation of a changing climate in the Arctic. The researchers include NASA, Norwegian Polar Institute, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of Maine- Climate Change Institute, and
UNIS- University Centre in Svalbard. 
We will engage kids globally, share resources with them and collect their stories. We plan to make a
live satellite/video call every two weeks to schools around the world. If you are teacher or at a school that is studying climate change and want to connect with us- click here . 

                                    34050854_1560370646222837_r.jpeg        The 20 sq mtrs Trappers cabin called " Bamsebu", home for Hilde and Sunniva for 9 months

The polar bear is our neighbour and greatest danger, we will live in harmony with them. We will
observe changes in real-time, even during the three months of complete darkness. We hope our 
project and campaign can connect us all in a more uplifting and personal way around the changes we  are all affected by.

Where does your contribution go?

Financial support is needed for support for the citizen science data collection, communication needs for the interactive school platform, off grid power solutions, organic provisions, sustainable equipment (electric snowmobile) and medical supplies for our 9 month stay,.

You can donate any amount you want, no donation is too small. Thank you! 
All donations will receive a receipt upon request.  


“Hearts in the Ice is a courageous, thoughtful and deeply loving initiative. Courageous on the part of
the two women –to leave home, hearth and comfort, to winter in such demanding conditions,
thoughtful in the focus – to build awareness of the first-hand consequences of climate change in the Arctic, and deeply loving in the expressed care for our planet. Homeward Bound is proud to be in
alliance. We wish the team all good fortune. We will watch and listen for the unfolding story ” 
                                                                            -Fabian Dattner
                                  Dreamer and Co-Founder, www.HomewardBoundProjects.com


If you have made it this far- from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your support of our
project.  Our Blog will be updated bi-monthly so please sign up /like our facebook page :
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