Climate activist Greta Thunberg and USask scientist John Pomeroy discuss glacier decline

At a stop on Oct. 22 during her ongoing trip across North America, climate activist Greta Thunberg met with University of Saskatchewan (USask) water scientist John Pomeroy at a USask field research site on the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper, Alberta.

Thunberg has been raising awareness about the severe impacts that rising carbon dioxide levels are having on the planet and has begun learning more about these effects from leading scientists including Pomeroy.

Among other concerns, Thunberg was worried about the effects that climate change is having on the rate of the glacier’s decline.

“How do you feel about the glacier melting so quickly?” she asked Pomeroy, who has been studying in the area since the early 1980s.

“As a person, it makes me feel like my home is being taken from me,” said Pomeroy. “But as a scientist, it makes me feel like I want to understand this better.”

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