When Anna Connors hears politicians cast doubt on climate change, it frustrates her. The 16-year-old Park School student has seen it up close — at the edge of the Arctic.
“It’s upsetting because we have the data to prove it does exist,” she said. “I guess that lights a fire under me to continue this work.”
“This work” is a research project Park students have been conducting for a decade — traveling to northern Canada to investigate the melting of permafrost and possible corresponding changes to the lichens, moss and shrubs that cover the tundra.
Connors, who has made the trip before, will return Sunday as she and five schoolmates leave for another round of data...