Later Jason Box, a renowned glaciologist now with Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, invited Sinclair to the Greenland Ice Sheet to work with the Dark Snow Project. Sinclair explained, “When you go up into the Arctic, especially in the summertime there is so much black stuff on the snow,” and went on to say, “Box wanted to know if this was a factor in the acceleration of the ice melt that we are seeing.”
When pressed about what an MTU student could do, to get involved, even if they felt helpless under the weight of it all, Sinclair’s solution was simple. He said, “Talk about it. Every survey that we have shows that a majority of Americans are concerned about climate change in every degree from alarmed to cautious.”
Sinclair will be back home in Michigan this summer, where he will enjoy the luxuries he cannot have on an arctic ice sheet. For those of us who enjoy our own environment, it is important to preserve that way of life, and that can begin with as little as starting a conversation about climate change.