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Mankato East High School Teacher Visits Antarctic Climate Summit – WCCO


MANKATO, Minn. (WCCO) – It’s a continent that many people will never reach, but a high school science teacher in Mankato East has just returned from Antarctica.

Julia Battern was invited to attend a climate summit with 150 other CEOs, politicians, students, energy company employees and teachers. She brought back great lessons to share with her students from the land of icebergs, glaciers and penguins.

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When Battern was selected to travel to Antarctica for a climate summit, she didn’t know what to expect.

There were some tough conversations, especially with fossil fuel executives on the trip.

“We can point fingers at these companies and I think they definitely have a huge responsibility,” Battern said. “I also think that as consumers we have to find a way to bring down the demand.”

She came back with the most incredible stories.

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“We learned that you’re not supposed to run away from fur seals if they come your way. You’re supposed to go big,” Battern said.

She said she could hear ice moving and moving in the background, and the sound of whales. Now she appreciates the home we all share more and hopes to pass that appreciation on to her students.

“It’s important to know the effects of our choices all over the world,” she said. “Maybe it will change the way they do things.”

Each traveler on the trip has purchased credits that pay other people to produce less, with the goal of offsetting the burning of kerosene to go on the trip and learn about pollution.

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Battern also teaches his students about carbon emissions and asks them to make lifestyle changes for a week to reduce the carbon dioxide they send into the air.