Blog Your Way to the North Pole

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2303 votes

Help me solve climate change from the Top of the World!

Leslie Harroun January 05, 2011 | 03:30 PM

Thank you for reading my blog. I work in philanthropy to protect the Arctic from global warming. Why choose me as Quark’s Official Blogger? I love to write, I’m an intrepid and curious traveler – New Guinea, Laos, Belize, Nunavut, Africa – and a great photographer. I’ll make the frozen North come alive for you — while you stay toasty warm — with my compelling stories, photos, and my knowledge of the Arctic’s environment, cultures, history and politics. I will see and capture for you what others miss, because I know where to look.

I hope you enjoy my story below.

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The river was swift and narrow, with large unstable rocks underfoot and high banks of tall grass. We trekked across a wide valley to get here, flanked by magnificent peaks — some of them active volcanoes — walking miles through deep soft tundra that wafted thyme, peat and summer flowers with every step. We were flyfishing on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East; one of the most sparsely populated, untouched areas of the planet. I was drunk with happiness.

Waist deep in my solitary stretch of rushing water, I cast repeatedly into roils and riffles where I imagined large hungry trout waited for my fly. Not even a nibble. My mind drifted gently away into the beauty of my surroundings.

Then I heard it: CRACK! My head jerked towards the sound. I waited, frozen, every sense alive. Nothing. I relaxed and sighed deeply with relief. But suddenly there he was, not 20 feet away, rising on his great hind legs directly before me, black nose twitching, paws held as if waving, then slowly lowering to the river bank, slowly lumbering towards me.
Our eyes locked. I stepped back, stumbled. Don’t panic, I thought, you’ll drown. Don't look him in the eye, I reminded myself. But I couldn’t look away. Hold your ground. Where’s the rifle? Too far away; no one sees you. I couldn’t move. I yelled, “BEAR!!”

His head snapped up, ears flattened back, eyes filled with shock, and he turned … his long, luminescent golden fur rippled and gleamed upon layers of fat as he, and my fear, vanished silently into the grass.

No, I whispered, don’t go.

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If I win I hope my encounters with polar bears are only close enough to take an awesome photo ….

I would be honored to have your vote.

Cheers,
Leslie

368 Comments

Report Abuse paulm paulm February 15, 2011 | 04:59 PM

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>You reenforce and provide suport
to consolidate action in tackling global warming.

Report Abuse Terry Odendahl February 15, 2011 | 04:38 PM

HAPPY TO VOTE FOR YOU LESLIE! FANTASTIC IDEA.

Report Abuse Dana Lanza February 15, 2011 | 04:18 PM

Go Leslie!!

Report Abuse Cynthia Robinson February 15, 2011 | 04:17 PM

Leslie, it's been to long since we've been in touch. I have fond memories of several days of adventure in Portugal back in 1998. Rooting for you and looking forward to reading your reports and images from the great white land!
Cynthia Robinson, AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships

Report Abuse Emily Meegan February 15, 2011 | 03:54 PM

I hope you win this chance and that we are able to read your observations. Wondering if you have read Consumption by Kevin Patterson, a novel set in the Arctic (one theme is how traditional lives have been impacted by weather & development).
Skimming the comments from your many supporters I see a Belize connection--I once worked for Programme for Belize, but from the island of Martha's Vineyard, as a fundraiser! (This was 20 years ago.) Chan Chich Lodge evolved from that connection and our office is still the US reservations office.

Report Abuse Rosa Minakouli February 15, 2011 | 03:46 PM

keep walking! watching! writing!

Report Abuse June Roullard February 15, 2011 | 03:13 PM

Another Mainer wishing you the best of luck, Leslie. It's so important to try to get the public to understand the seriousness of the situation in the Arctic, and to help overcome the disinformation put out by the climate denialist blogs. I think your writing and photographs would help.

Report Abuse Pegi Dover February 15, 2011 | 02:53 PM

Best of luck Leslie! Pegi, CEGN

Report Abuse Celeste Melville February 15, 2011 | 02:25 PM

Wow! More! I want to read more!

Report Abuse Betty Trummel February 15, 2011 | 01:25 PM

Leslie...contact me at school because I'd like to learn more about your work and travels to share this with my students. eatrummel@d47.org is my school account. I hope to hear from you because I think we'd have much in common in terms of our mission to educate others. I hope you get those votes this morning and make the top 5, but if you don't we can still work together and team up for education. Thanks, Betty Trummel

Report Abuse Jen Patrick February 15, 2011 | 12:51 PM

Hope you make it to the North Pole Leslie! Good luck :).

Report Abuse Catherine Porter February 15, 2011 | 11:52 AM

Can't wait to hear your stories from Way Up. Best, Catherine

Report Abuse Alain Mourot February 15, 2011 | 11:33 AM

je serai plus bref que Leonardo: courage Leslie tu y es presque!
good luck

Report Abuse Marion Edey February 15, 2011 | 06:08 AM

I'm sorry we never managed to connect in Maine. It's great to have a chance to vote for you and I really hope yo win!

Marion Edey, Threshold Foudnation

Report Abuse Jennifer Gidman February 15, 2011 | 05:21 AM

Thank you for your kind words, Leslie -- I had to kind of drop out from promoting because a bunch of personal family and school stuff going on and pretty much eating up every second of my day. It was a great run, though, and it was wonderful to see so many people going for this trip of a lifetime. There are still plenty of adventurous spirits in the world!

Good luck tomorrow -- I cast my vote and hope you get juuuust close enough (but not too close) to those polar bears. ;)

Jenn

Report Abuse Maureen Post February 15, 2011 | 04:36 AM

Good luck, Leslie. I'm hopeful you will get this opportunity.

Report Abuse Betty Trummel February 15, 2011 | 04:31 AM

Good Luck Leslie...I hope you make it into the top 5...I stayed in the top 15 for most of the time...wish I could be as far ahead as you! I hope you will make the trip, share it with not only my students, but students all over the world. I can help you connect with classrooms and develop ways to share this experience if you are chosen. That's what I love to do! All the Best, Betty Trummel.

Report Abuse Victoria Zelin February 15, 2011 | 03:56 AM

Jan Graff encouraged me to vote for you. If Jan Graff says so, you're the one! I'm in your court! Victoria

Report Abuse Michael Finley February 15, 2011 | 03:44 AM

You are the best! I will always vote for you!

Report Abuse marion hunt February 15, 2011 | 03:42 AM

Marion Hunt You Go Girl!

Report Abuse jeff Minett February 15, 2011 | 03:15 AM

Good luck from MHC '75!

Report Abuse Allan Wood February 15, 2011 | 02:24 AM

Good luck (from a fellow Class of 1981er)!

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 15, 2011 | 02:09 AM

Thank you ALL so much for your support! I am touched by all the comments and the way my community is lifting me to the "Top of the World"!

Lots of love,
Leslie

Report Abuse Jan Piribeck February 15, 2011 | 02:02 AM

Good luck!

Report Abuse Pauline Benzikie February 15, 2011 | 01:26 AM

GOOD LUCK LESLIE WHAT WONDERFUL WORK

Report Abuse Gail Beck February 15, 2011 | 01:06 AM

Good Luck
Gail Beck

Report Abuse lisa boyles February 15, 2011 | 12:45 AM

Good Luck Leslie:-)

Report Abuse melissa hawkes February 15, 2011 | 12:09 AM

Almost there!!! The entire Akari team is behind you!

Report Abuse Arlene Colon-Cuellar February 14, 2011 | 11:46 PM

Good luck!!!

Report Abuse Martha Lentz February 14, 2011 | 10:59 PM

Dress warmly...we're all going to get you there!

Report Abuse Mary Cardin February 14, 2011 | 10:42 PM

Good luck from MHC '86

Report Abuse Rhonda Hill February 14, 2011 | 09:58 PM

Best of luck to Leslie!

Report Abuse Frank Maguire February 14, 2011 | 07:56 PM

Go MAINE!

Report Abuse m drouin February 14, 2011 | 04:35 PM

Wat to go!
md

Report Abuse fiona instance February 14, 2011 | 03:13 PM

Cant wait to read the next instalment. Well done you ... hope you go

Report Abuse tim mclain February 14, 2011 | 03:07 PM

best of luck, Leslie -- I look forward to reading your entries.

Report Abuse Ben Starrett February 14, 2011 | 03:00 PM

good luck Leslie!

Report Abuse Shefali Sharma February 14, 2011 | 02:19 PM

Goodluck Leslie!! We're voting for you!!

Report Abuse David Packham February 14, 2011 | 02:18 PM

Hope you win so your views and reports on global warming will have an effect on hardened skeptics and bring more people, off the fence, on the side of conservation.

Report Abuse Sarah Smith February 14, 2011 | 02:16 PM

Best of luck Leslie!!!

Report Abuse Molly Casto February 14, 2011 | 01:44 PM

sent it to everyone I could think of... long time, no see Leslie! Best of luck. (...continue to) Do Maine proud!

Report Abuse Brian Allen February 14, 2011 | 08:20 AM

Facebooking to try and help you. Do us proud Leslie!

Report Abuse Steven Katona February 14, 2011 | 03:26 AM

Good luck, Leslie. We're rooting for you.

Report Abuse Margaret Callahan February 14, 2011 | 02:57 AM

Go for it Leslie. We need inspiration and heart to move our global awareness into actions.
Thank you for both.
Margaret

Report Abuse Amy Worth February 13, 2011 | 11:48 PM

Good luck and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Report Abuse Stephanie Brown February 13, 2011 | 11:24 PM

Much metta to a fellow MHC Griffin.

Report Abuse cynthia cheyne February 13, 2011 | 10:24 PM

Hope you win.
Good Luck

Report Abuse Palden Ronge February 13, 2011 | 09:23 PM

All the best for you and Planet Earth.

Report Abuse wanda knapik February 13, 2011 | 09:17 PM

THANKS for taking the trek for all of us! looking forward to seeing your photos!

Report Abuse Christine Eibs Singer February 13, 2011 | 09:09 PM

What a great adventure for you! Best of luck! Look forward to reading all about it!

Report Abuse Rachel Graham February 13, 2011 | 08:39 PM

You go Gyal, get on up to that North Pole and make us proud. We'll live the cold vicariously through you...

Report Abuse Dan Keating February 13, 2011 | 07:56 PM

You are almost there from what I can see. Good luck with your continued journey to plant the Shambhala Flag at the north pole.
A fellow Shambalian from Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada

Report Abuse Susan Dymek February 13, 2011 | 01:34 PM

I look forward to reading more of your work. The story above was wonderful!

Report Abuse Jeff Somers February 13, 2011 | 03:00 AM

You have my vote. Anyone born on MY birthday has to be special!

Report Abuse Deborah Weis February 12, 2011 | 09:57 PM

Happy Birthday! Hope you make it.

Report Abuse Ron Pentkowski February 12, 2011 | 08:54 PM

Good luck Leslie! Well written essay. You are truly a steward of the environment!

Report Abuse Gwen Lambert February 12, 2011 | 05:18 PM

I sincerely hope that you are in the top 5 now! Thank you so much for all that you're doing to build awareness and to utilize this event to continue to educate~ kudos :)

Report Abuse Kimberly Roberson February 12, 2011 | 04:47 PM

Best of luck to you Leslie. What an honor and thrill that must have been to be visited by such a magnificent animal. wow..

Report Abuse Jane Mansour Solomon February 12, 2011 | 04:23 PM

Jane just voted for you, too. It's a great day for a birthday! Lincoln, Darwin, Harroun, and Solomon!

Report Abuse Julie Kellerman February 12, 2011 | 03:10 PM

Leslie, we need many more people like you to spread the word about the importance of saving our environment. Thank you for following your passion; it's helping all of us. Sisters in Spirit - go MHC! JMK '85

Report Abuse Pauline Lerner February 12, 2011 | 03:15 AM

I really hope you get to go. You write beautifully, and you support a good cause.

Report Abuse Patrick Smyth February 12, 2011 | 03:11 AM

How would you like to go to Haiti next? Email me at psmyth@tourstohaiti.com. Your visit could help eliminate the misunderstandings people have about Haitians and help get assistance to prevent the loss of their natural resources and biodiversity. Did you know many of our US and Canadian songbirds and waterfowl species winter in or fly through Haiti? Not surprising, very few people know this.

Report Abuse Karen Bell February 12, 2011 | 01:43 AM

Looking forward to reading more and seeing your photos when you win! Delighted to help a talented MHC sister. Best of luck!

Report Abuse C B Stevens February 11, 2011 | 11:00 PM

Good luck, Leslie. I'm cheering you on. A fellow MHC grad!

Report Abuse Elaine Raabe February 11, 2011 | 06:00 PM

Good luck with your project--and thanks for your efforts on our planet's behalf! I hope you win and look forward to reading your blog and seeing the Artic and its wonders thru your snaps!

Report Abuse Christi Love February 11, 2011 | 05:43 PM

hope my vote helps you get there

Report Abuse Kristine Stratton February 11, 2011 | 05:42 PM

You are amazing! I cannot wait to read more from you and see your photos. You have a gift that must be shared!

Report Abuse Sarah Kimball February 11, 2011 | 05:37 PM

Go, Leslie! You have my vote (and I shared on FB so hopefully my MHC & non-MHC friends will vote, too!) All the best and I hope you win!

Sarah Kimball, MHC '86

Report Abuse Betsy Rempel February 11, 2011 | 05:11 PM

Best of luck Leslie!

Betsy Brown Rempel MHC'86

Report Abuse Mitch Kapowski February 11, 2011 | 04:20 PM

Bear witness for climate is NOT weather; there are dunderheads who can't make this distinction. Best of luck.

Report Abuse Rose Thompson February 11, 2011 | 03:35 PM

Happy to vote for you:)
MHC'85

Report Abuse Gabrielle Swinkels February 11, 2011 | 03:04 PM

Good luck & Go for it!!

Gabrielle Swinkels
MHC '85

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 11, 2011 | 02:34 PM

I woke up this morning to so many kind messages and so much support from my Sisters at Mount Holyoke that it brought tears to my eyes. It means so much to me to have your support, even though I don't know many of you.

Thank you, and may the connection stay strong!!!!

Love,
Leslie

Report Abuse Christina Bouchard February 11, 2011 | 12:18 PM

We're behind you, Leslie! My oldest daughter, a high school junior, shares your concern and passion for the environment and earth, particularly the Arctic! Thanks for being the example of an "uncommon woman" for her generation! MHC '85

Report Abuse Nicholas Szatkowski February 11, 2011 | 09:53 AM

Thanks Leslie, for your caring and determination. I live in coastal Alaska, feeding primarily on (sockeye) salmon, and I support your communication of experiences like the one in Kamchatka you wrote about. I hope that you can help the larger group of humans to both recognize the grandeur of life that is still here now, and to realize its precariousness!! Rock on!!

Report Abuse Susan Moulton Killewald February 11, 2011 | 07:48 AM

My vote is in. Good luck and I look forward to your blog.

Report Abuse Adrienne Voorhis February 11, 2011 | 05:59 AM

Good luck Leslie! Got your email and later saw that Steva shared your info on facebook. Doing the same on my facebook page. Hope you win! Adrienne Voorhis MHC '85

Report Abuse Emily Dietrich February 11, 2011 | 04:11 AM

go for it!
Emily Dietrich MHC '85

Report Abuse C S February 11, 2011 | 04:06 AM

The arctic & glacier/alpine snow cover is where climate change is most visible. In my childhood I visited Glacier National Park, Montana in the summer and the snow fields seem to go on forever - now they are almost all melted and will be completely gone in another generation. Stopping climate change before it goes into runaway acceleration that takes us beyond any hope of return to a habitable planet for humans it the most important thing we can do now, and people in this country are still arguing about whether climate change exists! I hope you get the chance to really show the skeptics Leslie! In the mean time, until you get to go, people should look at the Extreme Ice Survey footage - its truly shocking, especially the time lapse photography!

Report Abuse Bibi R.-Hayakawa February 11, 2011 | 03:45 AM

Looking forward to reading about the Artic. Hope you win!

Bibi R.-Hayakawa, MHC '86

Report Abuse Ivy Leung February 11, 2011 | 03:30 AM

Good luck, Leslie! Rooting for you! ~ Ivy '86

Report Abuse Teresa Renaker February 11, 2011 | 03:14 AM

Good luck Leslie! Teresa Renaker, MHC '86

Report Abuse Steva Stowell-Hardcastle February 11, 2011 | 02:43 AM

Good Luck! Keep us posted!
MHC'85 Keep the Connection Strong

Report Abuse Susan Lynch February 11, 2011 | 02:37 AM

Good Luck Leslie!

Susan Upton Lynch
MHC '76

Report Abuse Carol Dean February 11, 2011 | 02:14 AM

Leslie-
Thank you for your efforts to write and educate about ocean acidification, a still far too unrecognized and alarming phenomenon. I wish you the best and hope you reach your goal!
Carol Dion Dean, MHC '85

Report Abuse rebekah cotton February 11, 2011 | 02:03 AM

Rooting for you in Ohio!

Rebekah Cotton, '85

Report Abuse Barbara Smith February 11, 2011 | 01:14 AM

Best of luck. Looking forward to the blog!

Barb Smith, MHC '85

Report Abuse Molly Willcox February 11, 2011 | 12:37 AM

Leslie, You are extraordinary, & so is Bear. Thank you SO much, & I'm with Edward Little Hawk Catterton in his message to you of Feb. 11. Go, girl!!!

Report Abuse Edward Little Hawk Catterton February 11, 2011 | 12:10 AM

As one of the many indigenous peoples who walk upon our Mother Earth you have my vote for your doings my friend and I will see that many more of my peoples will know of you and your love of Creators creatures, many prayers and much smoke will be sent up with your name, many blessings on your journeys, Edward Little Hawk, aho.

Report Abuse Brea Ritchey February 10, 2011 | 11:55 PM

Make us proud Leslie...we are with you in spirit. Shine your light for all to see. Our world and our future depend upon such a light! Best of luck in all you do...blessings upon you. Hugs!

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 10, 2011 | 11:55 PM

My deep gratitude to all the 350.org friends who are supporting me, especially Bill McKibbon, Jamie Henn and Joe Solomon. You guys ROCK!!!

xox,
Leslie

Report Abuse Constance Morse February 10, 2011 | 11:28 PM

Best of luck, Leslie! Look forward to your future writings and pictures! BRAVO :-)

Report Abuse H. Haworth February 10, 2011 | 09:52 PM

Go Leslie, go Leslie!

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 10, 2011 | 09:36 PM

THANK YOU, MAINE!!!! Best state in the ocuntry -- let's protect it.

THANK YOU, WCLZ -- Best radio station I've ever listened too, and carbon neutral to boot!

THANK YOU, CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY!!! For all your work to save the world's creatures, and the Arctic.

Cheers,
Leslie

Report Abuse Jim Crutchfield February 10, 2011 | 09:27 PM

Any friend of a polar bear (or any other wildlife species) is a friend of mine. You go girl.

Best,

Jim Crutchfield

Report Abuse lorraine kennedy February 10, 2011 | 09:24 PM

hmmm,
and do you have a regular blog if
~~~ knock wood! ~~~
you don't win this contest?
I would like to continue reading your work!
Lorraine

Report Abuse Sharon Pritchard February 10, 2011 | 08:59 PM

Good Luck, what an endeavor.

Sharon Pritchard

Report Abuse Diane Tourigny February 10, 2011 | 08:25 PM

Leslie,
I'm looking forward to reading your blog.

Report Abuse Mary Jean Ewing February 10, 2011 | 12:46 PM

Good Luck to you.

Report Abuse Kam Oi Lee February 10, 2011 | 12:10 AM

You sound awesome, you've got my vote!

Report Abuse Will Betchart February 09, 2011 | 08:07 PM

Good Luck Leslie! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the expeditions.
Bill Betchart, Betchart Expeditions.

Report Abuse Leslie Rutan February 09, 2011 | 01:55 PM

Good luck! What an unbelieveable opportunity!!
Leslie Shomaker Rutan '81

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 09, 2011 | 10:35 AM

Thank you for your support Ecologic Development Fund!

And thank you for all you do to help people in Central America, especially the jewel of Belize.

Cheers,
Leslie

Report Abuse Srikanth Ramisetty February 09, 2011 | 07:44 AM

good luck n hope ur efforts could make a difference.

Report Abuse Serena Larkin February 08, 2011 | 09:12 PM

Good luck, Leslie!

Report Abuse leolin castillo February 08, 2011 | 08:37 PM

Best of luck Leslie; hope you win. Greetings from Belize

Report Abuse MaryLee Moulton February 08, 2011 | 03:26 PM

Hope you win and get to see your polar bear.
MaryLee Guida Moulton '85

Report Abuse JM Walsh February 08, 2011 | 01:16 AM

Congrats and Good luck!!
MHC MA '85

Report Abuse Mark Trexler February 07, 2011 | 11:49 PM

Good luck Leslie. I'll try to get some of our arctic experts to vote as well!

Report Abuse Matt Pawa February 07, 2011 | 10:40 PM

Go Leslie! Wonderful story, beautifully written.

Report Abuse Teresa Cooper February 07, 2011 | 10:39 PM

Is it too much of a cliché to say you're truly an "uncommon woman?" I hope not.
Good luck! --Teresa Fox, MHC'85

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 07, 2011 | 10:19 PM

Thank you my old friends at OTS -- you handle the tropics and I'll see what I can do for the poles!

Cheers,
Leslie

Report Abuse Jonathan Giles February 07, 2011 | 10:07 PM

Good luck, Leslie! Everyone at OTS is rooting for you!

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 07, 2011 | 09:55 PM

Thanks, Don, Jesse and Melissa!

And Thank You Mount Holyoke Sisters!!!!

xox,
Leslie

Report Abuse Don Weeden February 07, 2011 | 06:27 PM

Leslie: I've been a facebook resister, but you've provided me with the best reason to join. I know you as an excellent, extremely well-informed foundation colleague. I do hope you win the competition so that I can benefit from your insights from the North Pole. Good Luck! Don Weeden, Weeden Foundation

Report Abuse Jesse Mantsch February 07, 2011 | 05:48 PM

Go Leslie! Unite the bears of the world!

Report Abuse Melissa Bernadette Hawkes February 07, 2011 | 02:48 PM

I could not imagine a better person going to the North Pole.

Report Abuse Isabelle Demenge February 07, 2011 | 04:22 AM

Good luck to you. It seems like an amazing adventure!

Report Abuse Marc Breslow February 05, 2011 | 10:08 PM

Go Leslie! Looking forward to reading your blog.

Report Abuse Kent Fairfield February 05, 2011 | 05:06 PM

Best wishes, Leslie. My heart is still beating fast over your bear adventure. Can't wait to read your commentary and see your photos from the Arctic.
Kent

Report Abuse Rick Weston February 05, 2011 | 03:31 PM

Terrific, Leslie. This is great.

Report Abuse Doug Welch February 05, 2011 | 03:09 PM

Go Leslie!

Report Abuse Zoran Kahric February 05, 2011 | 02:27 PM

Good work Leslie. Hope I see pictures of you from south pole kicking soccer ball.

Report Abuse Jeff Sullivan February 05, 2011 | 10:40 AM

I noticed early on that (at least) one of the front runners had a lot of comments mentioning iClick2Help, apparently a vote-seeking site for "causes"?
http://www.iclick2help.com/listcauses.asp
Trading votes with others online seemed a bit like cheating to me so I never pursued it, but maybe I'm being naive and that's just the way people get thousands of votes in a contest like this one. Looks like there are other sites like that as well (Helping Hands, etc.). Best of luck.

Report Abuse Niaz Dorry February 05, 2011 | 03:16 AM

I'll look forward to living vicariously through you as you trek to the North Pole, Leslie. We're all rooting for you. All the best, Niaz

Report Abuse Sonia Robertson February 05, 2011 | 12:51 AM

You have our support, Leslie. Good Luck. great idea and essential cause!!!!

sonia robertson

Report Abuse Mike Pierce February 04, 2011 | 08:20 PM

good luck an wish you well. god speed be with you in all of you're travels. mike pierce north carolina,usa

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 04, 2011 | 03:12 PM

Thanks for your support, everyone!

And thanks New England Aquarium for doing such a great job raising awareness about the plight of our oceans and for helping to rescue so many hypothermic turtles!!

My best to all! Keep those votes coming!!

Cheers,
Leslie

Report Abuse Billy Spitzer February 04, 2011 | 02:05 PM

Best of luck from your friends at the New England Aquarium!

Report Abuse Brendan Cummings February 04, 2011 | 07:31 AM

Best of luck. Look forward to reading your posts. As goes the polar bear so goes the planet.

Report Abuse Michael Wilbur February 04, 2011 | 05:03 AM

Go for it Leslie. I hsve to say I'munsurprised to see you heading off into parts unknown! Can't wait to read of your experiences.

Report Abuse Fred Andreoli February 04, 2011 | 04:55 AM

Best of luck Leslie! Hope you win!

Report Abuse Wayne Ysaguirre February 03, 2011 | 09:18 PM

Can I vote for you multiple time? smile

Report Abuse Keri Lord February 03, 2011 | 07:52 PM

Love to see you go...doin' my part!! :)
Keri

Report Abuse Cliff Paige February 03, 2011 | 02:25 AM

Good Luck Leslie-- it sounds like a real adventure. Just pack your courage.

Report Abuse David Bennell February 02, 2011 | 11:15 PM

Leslie,

May your not-too-frozen fingers blog successfully from the Top of the World. Good luck!

Report Abuse Susan Williams February 02, 2011 | 07:56 PM

Good luck, Leslie!

You would clearly be the best winner of this contest--spreading the word about climate change, particularly its already visible effects on the Arctic is so important. It is heartwarming to see so many names I recognize leaving comments here.

I also enjoyed your story about Kamchatka, as my husband has visited (through his work in conservation) and told me of its beauty and the threats that face it. I look forward to reading your blog entries from the North Pole.

Report Abuse Betsy Mallory February 02, 2011 | 04:01 PM

You have a moral reason and I like that.

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 02, 2011 | 02:40 AM

Thank you, my fabulous women friends!! Joan, I will most certainly be bringing an MHC flag with me, and Judith, I can't wait to take your brilliant advice!

xox,
Leslie

Report Abuse Judith Helfand February 02, 2011 | 02:31 AM

YOU HAVE MY VOTE and my HEART. Take both with you to the top of the world and blog, dance, scream, think, be scientific and above all be HUMAN. easy for you. And if you have to stay in PORTLAND, MN... not so shabby. Where ever you are is the top of the world.

Report Abuse Laurie Malenfant February 02, 2011 | 12:12 AM

Amazing! So certain this would be a wonderful thing for you and our world. :)

Report Abuse Joan Amory February 01, 2011 | 11:37 PM

Bring an Mt Holyoke flag with you!
Joan Amory

Report Abuse bill mckibben February 01, 2011 | 09:01 PM

Go Leslie! We're tweeting like crazy to spread the word!

Report Abuse Bill Green February 01, 2011 | 08:27 PM

You're catchiong up fast on this one Leslie. Good luck; we're looking for you to best the competition and send wonderful photos and descriptions of the north. Bill Green

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 01, 2011 | 07:12 PM

VOTA por mí! Si gano este concurso, voy a reportar en mi blog crónicas sobre el calentamiento global - y voy a llevar conmigo la bandera de la "campaña 350.org" - alertando el mundo acerca de los impactos del calentamiento global! Gracias!

Leslie

Report Abuse leslee Klein February 01, 2011 | 07:07 PM

any friend of a friend og Dan's (H) is a friend of mine; Good luck

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 01, 2011 | 07:06 PM

VOTE para mim! Se vencer o concurso, vou escrever, em meu blog, reportagens sobre o aquecimento global - e vou levar comigo a bandeira da "campanha 350.org " para alertar o mundo sobre o impacto do aquecimento global no ártico! Obrigada!

Leslie

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun February 01, 2011 | 07:03 PM

Thank you, my dear Heymans! I will be thinking of our Belize adventures from the Top of the World!

xox,
Leslie

Report Abuse Edward Berkin February 01, 2011 | 06:23 PM

any friend of Dan's (H) is a friend of mine; i've passed to voting info onto me and mine. hope you win

Report Abuse Stu Gray February 01, 2011 | 05:34 PM

Happy to have been vote #1136 - looks like a necessary undertaking for which will Leslie would be perfect.

Good Luck!

Stu Gray

Report Abuse Pegan Heyman February 01, 2011 | 03:32 AM

Leslie,

This I know of you; you will never shy away from an adventure, a challenge, an opportunity to grow and share with others, so, go!!! Sounds awesome and you a fitting winner.

What did Mother Superior say? "when one door is closed a window is opened" (something like that!)

Looking forward to experiencing it through you - The frozen north is still on my short list!
Peg Heyman

Report Abuse Will Heyman February 01, 2011 | 02:15 AM

Leslie,

I can't imagine a better person for this. You will be able to share the excitement, the austerity, and the beauty of the place, as could many others. . . But you will also share the importance and relevance of the observations, from a perspective of extensive knowledge built during an impressive career in conservation. You have my full confidence and of course, my vote!

Report Abuse Valerie Hunter January 31, 2011 | 08:00 PM

Good luck Leslie, for some photographic inspiration check out one of my heroes - Fred Bruemmer an amazing photographer and writer who has spent years of his life documenting the natural and human world of the Arctic.
http://www.thepolarcircle.com/02_mem_fred.htm

Report Abuse Jennifer Miller January 31, 2011 | 06:26 PM

Go, Leslie, go! Can't wait to read your blog :-)

Report Abuse Danielle Droitsch January 31, 2011 | 06:06 PM

Good luck Leslie from your friends at Pembina. Danielle Droitsch

Report Abuse Yossi Cadan January 31, 2011 | 05:39 PM

Great blog, looking forward to see your photos

Report Abuse Alejandro Argumedo January 31, 2011 | 05:01 PM

Go Leslie! Good Luck!
Alejandro

Report Abuse Jean Pearson January 31, 2011 | 04:31 PM

Go Leslie! Moving on now....:-)

Report Abuse Jenny Epstein January 31, 2011 | 03:23 AM

Impressive jump in numbers since last night! Nice to meet you and I hope you win. I'll pass it on to others.

Report Abuse Sherry Huber January 31, 2011 | 03:19 AM

Good luck, Leslie.
Sherry

Report Abuse Sara Brodsky Sieman January 31, 2011 | 01:27 AM

Marvelous! Fascinating! Go Leslie!
Sara Brodsky Sieman

Report Abuse Michael Patterson January 31, 2011 | 01:11 AM

go get 'em Leslie!

Report Abuse Andrew Halpin January 31, 2011 | 12:58 AM

Go, have fun, inform, dress warm. Andrew Halpin

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun January 30, 2011 | 09:53 PM

Thank you all for your support of me and 350.org. Please keep those votes coming! If each of you got two of your friends to vote we'd really be moving!

Many thanks,
Leslie

Report Abuse Gyorgy Gado January 30, 2011 | 07:46 PM

Hello Leslie,
I hope you I can read your experiences at the North Pole. Maybe I will even interview you for the Hungarian Public Radio.

Report Abuse Karen Czajkowski-McBride January 30, 2011 | 05:15 AM

I've been to Alaska twice. My family traveled there for a summer vacation in 1970 then I returned in '83 and stayed until '85. My daughter was born there. Remembering the frigid air while gazing at Portage Glacier, I was shocked to learn from a friend a couple years ago that it is now gone, melted away. It was larger than the town I now live in!

I hope you win the contest so that you can bring a heightened awareness to the Global Warming Plight that is so misunderstood by many and, due to some unscrupulous scientists and politicians, is now discredited by perhaps even more people.

Report Abuse Ryan Pleune January 29, 2011 | 03:01 PM

According to some legends and native wisdom the Bear medicine is the power of introspection. It represents the direction of the west, the direction and energy of going within to find gifts of renewal. The fear of the west is abandonment, with a desire for order and virtue. The emotions are both happiness and shame. Your writing about climate change and sacred living things on the verge of extinction is important to me. I hope you will help us understand why Polar Bears have anything to do with drought and violent conflict in the Middle East. Thanks for your Great work.
"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love."
— Rai...ner Maria Rilke

Report Abuse Marilyn Kaplan January 29, 2011 | 03:48 AM

Great story. Good luck. You have my vote.

Report Abuse susan weber January 29, 2011 | 01:22 AM

Good luck. You have my vote.

Report Abuse Dean Tatooles January 29, 2011 | 12:04 AM

Thanks Leslie for the nice note! We are working very hard and have great supporters!

If I am fortunate enough to be selected, I would love to help with your philanthropy programs. You can find my information on my website at: www.southerncrossgalleries.com.

All my best, Dean

Report Abuse alison wilhelmi January 28, 2011 | 10:45 PM

I am ready to read your blog when you win. You are a beautiful writer and look forward to your posts. Peace to you.

Report Abuse Petra Youngberg January 28, 2011 | 04:54 AM

Most worthy cause and aspiration, as well as most courageous; best luck, best wishes;

Report Abuse Fiona Willoughby January 28, 2011 | 04:24 AM

I am backing you 100%, looking forward to hear your the winner.

Report Abuse Iris Tansman January 28, 2011 | 12:39 AM

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Leslie
I look forward to your entries & photos & keep warm!!
KiKiSoSo
iris

Report Abuse lynn deeves January 27, 2011 | 11:51 PM

Leslie, Thank you for your brave warriorship and vivid writing. Best wishes in this adventure!

Report Abuse Margaret Sagar January 27, 2011 | 07:41 PM

Margaret Sagar: I dodn't know you, Lelsie, but your excellent writing and bio make you a fitting candidate. Hope you win

Report Abuse Rachel Pohl January 27, 2011 | 05:10 PM

Leslie, you would be fabulous. And everyone would benefit. Good luck. Rachel

Report Abuse Annette Naegel January 27, 2011 | 04:48 PM

Good luck Leslie. This is a first for me to witness someone's experience at the North Pole. Thank you for offering the stories and images that should help people see the truth!

Report Abuse Gracie Jessen January 27, 2011 | 04:47 PM

How smart and vivid both you and the bear were.

Report Abuse Jumana Vasi January 27, 2011 | 04:21 PM

Beautifully written - I look forward to reading more after you win!

Report Abuse Mark Helsel January 27, 2011 | 04:16 PM

Jolly good luck, Leslie in sharing what is happening in the arctic!

Report Abuse Betsy Pond January 27, 2011 | 03:47 PM

Excellent! Very good luck to you.

Report Abuse Frank Ficken January 27, 2011 | 03:40 PM

Good Luck Leslie!

Report Abuse Kunga Dawa January 27, 2011 | 02:49 PM

I so appreciate your commitment to doing something important and worthwhile in life and combining that with your commitment to
practice. Warm best wishes to you,
Kunga Dawa (Richard Arthure_

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun January 27, 2011 | 02:05 PM

Thank you, my fearless and kind supporters. Now I am doing this for YOU!

Shambhala rocks!! Ki ki so so!

Love,
Leslie

Report Abuse bnayahu sulimani January 27, 2011 | 02:05 PM

good luck Leslie. we hope you win!!!!!

miss you
beny papua New Guinea

Report Abuse Betsy Taylor January 27, 2011 | 01:57 PM

Leslie - you are amazing!!! Thanks for being such an extraordinary leader and woman! I'm pulling for you. Love,
Betsy

Report Abuse gail fynn January 27, 2011 | 12:26 PM

Very inspiring!!

Gail Flynn

Report Abuse Ron Russotti January 27, 2011 | 02:40 AM

Way to go Leslie! Best of luck to you for such a GREAT cause.
Nicely written. Can't wait to see the pics.

Report Abuse Don Perkins January 27, 2011 | 02:13 AM

You are my nominee to dance with the polar bears, again.

Report Abuse Penelope Sasso-Spaulding January 27, 2011 | 01:10 AM

Leslie, I wish you the best. Stay safe and let our class know how your adventures went.:)

Report Abuse Cathy Ramsdell January 26, 2011 | 09:38 PM

Send me a postcard! Oh! This IS a postcard!

Report Abuse Manuel Rejon January 26, 2011 | 07:50 PM

Best of Luck in this endeavor Leslie!!!! Hope you win.

Report Abuse Todd Shepard January 26, 2011 | 04:04 PM

Good Luck Leslie, Hope You Win

From an old Classmate at EJHS, 1981

Report Abuse Mary De Filippis January 26, 2011 | 03:02 PM

Terrific! Best of luck, looking forward to your posts. Mary de Filippis

Report Abuse Ken Tolces January 26, 2011 | 02:45 PM

I hope you can make it to the reunion - I'd love to hear about your adventures. We're avid travelers ourselves (I actually leave in about 4 hours for Uruguay and Chile).

Report Abuse Ron Gabriel January 26, 2011 | 04:02 AM

Your last big adventure? Nonsense. But wishing you the best and hope you get the gig!

Report Abuse Mathew Scease January 26, 2011 | 03:19 AM

I love your post. Good luck, Leslie!

Report Abuse Kim LeBlanc January 26, 2011 | 03:18 AM

Happy to help. Hope to see and hear more between now and the class reunion in August. Best of luck with the voting.

Report Abuse Giacomo Marino January 26, 2011 | 12:37 AM

good luck Leslie. we hope you win!!!!!

Report Abuse Leonardo Pott January 25, 2011 | 09:46 PM

Go! Go! Hurray!Wonderful job. Hoping to hear wonderful things from you. Leo from Belize

Report Abuse Harrison Flowers January 25, 2011 | 09:40 PM

Best of luck Leslie. I would love to hear your stories, see your photos, and learn your knowledge of the Arctic’s environment, cultures, history and politics. I can't wait to see the scenes that you will capture for all of us.

Regards,
Harrison Flowers
University of Belize

Report Abuse Sylvia Cattouse January 25, 2011 | 07:59 PM

Love the article !!! However, I don't agree with your suggestion.Bringing back manufacturing to developed nations will only weaken the economies of developing countries, making them more vulnerable to unscrupulous investors. We need to enable developing countries so that they can also have clean air legislation and clean air technology.

Thanks for your work and zeal !!!

All the best from Belize,
Sylvia Cattouse

Report Abuse Feliciana Torres January 25, 2011 | 07:48 PM

Keep up the excellent work. Hope you win.
Best wishes from Belize!

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun January 25, 2011 | 07:16 PM

THANK YOU, AND GO BELIZE!!! You are not just the jewel of the Caribbean because of your reef, but because of your people (and of course the coconut cake I have every time I visit).

Keep those votes coming!

Many, many thanks, Leslie

Report Abuse Duanie Rosas January 25, 2011 | 07:04 PM

wish the best!!

Report Abuse Thomasine Baker January 25, 2011 | 06:39 PM

Marvelous work, we need more committed individuals like you!

Regards,
From Belize

Report Abuse Carolina Mai January 25, 2011 | 05:44 PM

Keep on doing the good work your doing, Belize is behind you 100%.

Report Abuse Myrna Rivero January 25, 2011 | 05:29 PM

All the best

Report Abuse Sonia Burn January 25, 2011 | 05:24 PM

Belize is with you.

Report Abuse Liz Korabek-Emerson January 25, 2011 | 01:00 PM

Good luck Leslie with your noble endeavor!

Liz Korabek-Emerson

Report Abuse mark usher January 25, 2011 | 01:29 AM

Go Leslie....!

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun January 24, 2011 | 05:37 PM

Annabelle, I would be over the moon to have you come with me, and I know Santa would love to meet you! Thanks for your vote, Sweetie!!

SOMEBODY IS ABOUT TO BE VOTER 700!!

Report Abuse John Baugher January 24, 2011 | 05:05 PM

All the best Leslie, win or lose, thank you for your commitment to the vision.

Report Abuse Edilberto Romero January 24, 2011 | 04:57 PM

Hi Leslie:

It is nice to hear you are bringing this important message to the world. Belize, its coastal areas and our Barrier Reef will be and is being impacted by Climate Change. Thanks for your great efforts. Programme for Belize supports you.

Eddie
Edilberto Romero
Executive Director
Programme for Belize

Report Abuse Gregory Ch'oc January 24, 2011 | 03:52 PM

Be careful of the Polar Bears Leslie. Good luck from southern Belize

Report Abuse Annabelle Nolan January 24, 2011 | 03:26 PM

When you win this contest, let me know if you need a little buddy to go with you. I've been wanting to meet Santa.

Report Abuse Jonathan Edwards January 24, 2011 | 03:18 PM

Outstanding blog post! I love it.

Report Abuse Mary Violette January 24, 2011 | 03:16 PM

Leslie, you're absolutely the right person for this journey. We know you'll get there.

Report Abuse Leroy Almendarez January 24, 2011 | 02:24 PM

Was happy to add my vote and hope you win!!

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun January 24, 2011 | 02:23 PM

Thank you All for the wonderful support! Norman, I am so happy to see you counted among the voters -- it touched my heart. And thanks Deb for passing on your friend's comment; that made me feel really good!

Stay tuned, everyone, for a new story within the week -- this one about my travels in the Artic!

Love to all,
Leslie

Report Abuse Jim Shilliday January 24, 2011 | 01:59 PM

Go Leslie, may the gods be victorious! Most of the US is in a deep freeze this month, putting everyone to sleep so we won't notice that 2010 was another record warm year in Greenland, beating the previous record years of 2007, 2005, 2002 and 1998: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/103746/20110121/greenland-ice-sheets-melting-faster.htm
That a sh--load of ice, folks.

Report Abuse Deb Valenti January 24, 2011 | 01:32 PM

I just had a friend read your entry (sorry he doesn't have email so can't vote) but he was moved to tears by your story and commented... "no empty words".

Just wanted to share.
Good luck!

Report Abuse Frederick Crane January 24, 2011 | 12:37 PM

You write with the voice of someone who has her tea by her keyboard...as natural as the subjects that interest you. Couple that accessible narrative with a life marked by efforts to learn, to stem the tide of man's inequities, and you leave me little choice but to support you. You're lovely. Have a wonderful trip.

Report Abuse Norman Fairweather January 24, 2011 | 09:43 AM

Dear Leslie:

Thanks for being in the trenches!

Love,
Norman

Report Abuse Imani Fairweather Morrison January 24, 2011 | 05:48 AM

BELIZE is backing you Leslie! Tell the world about the mess climate change is creating for our reefs.

Report Abuse Jeannie Peterson January 24, 2011 | 05:03 AM

Any friend recommended by Melanie has my vote!

Report Abuse Deb Callahan January 24, 2011 | 05:02 AM

I'm rooting (and voting) for you Leslie. You'd do a fantastic job.

Report Abuse Kristen Mullen January 24, 2011 | 04:27 AM

KI KI So So
Yours In the East
I Wish You All The Luck

Report Abuse Leila Bruno January 24, 2011 | 02:58 AM

thank you Leslie for following your heart and being of benefit to our precious earth

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun January 24, 2011 | 02:18 AM

Thanks to all for your votes and support! It feels great to be part of such wonderful communities.

Ki Ki So So!!

Report Abuse Deb Valenti January 24, 2011 | 01:49 AM

Beautifully written story Leslie... a warrior in vision and action. A win for you is a win for all of us.

Ki Ki So So!

Report Abuse Mark Butler January 24, 2011 | 01:32 AM

You are right Leslie. Save Santa. Think of the kids. There is no way Santa should have to deal with slush or the thaw/freeze cycle typical of Nova Scotia winters these days. I'll pass your message on. Check out the birds, not just the bears when you are up there.

Report Abuse Carl Safina January 24, 2011 | 01:14 AM

Go Leslie. Very well written passage. You will really enjoy reading about my own bear encounter while flyfishing in "The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World." It's just out; I'll send you a copy.
(You don't want to have an encounter that close with a Polar Bear; you're right!)

Report Abuse Namrita Kapur January 23, 2011 | 08:41 PM

I look forward to following your journey!

Report Abuse Dianne Dumanoski January 23, 2011 | 02:44 PM

I'm glad your making this bid. A chance for an adventure as well as a chance to bear witness to changes that are happening far faster than scientists thought possible.

Report Abuse Denis Hayes January 23, 2011 | 12:35 AM

Of course you should go! Just remember that any polar bears you encounter will likely be much hungrier than your fat Russian friend -- and they are a LOT more stealthy, too.

Report Abuse Dianne Dillonridgley January 22, 2011 | 10:59 PM

Leslie, I see numerous colleagues and friends already amoung your supporters, good luck. Having looked through all the entries-yes all of them; I especially appreciate that your focus is not about this experience FOR you but what YOU can do WITH this experience for so many others....connecting to those who may otherwise know little of the wonder, majestry and mystery of the Artic. Indeed in the great tradition of centuries of fearless adventure women, "YOU GO SISTER", as ever Peace, Dianne Dillon-Ridgley

Report Abuse william ronco January 22, 2011 | 10:41 PM

Great idea Leslie!
Good luck and pack warm clothes!
Bill Ronco

Report Abuse Jeff Sullivan January 22, 2011 | 10:24 PM

Leslie,

I'm a landscape photographer, author and workshop instructor, currently on the road full time to complete a guidebook to the most photogenic landscapes of California, from Yosemite to the Mexican border.

On the topic of global warming, I started out as a skeptic but quickly realized that there's no question on the science. Now I've answered a few thousand questions on the subject over on Yahoo Answers under the screen name "J_S" to help clue in the public and combat the fossil fuel industry's propaganda campaign to confuse us and slow our response. I'm thrilled to hear that you're working to reduce black carbon pollution in the developing world, since that's the fastest path to reduce climate warming influences (not to mention reduce air pollution in the U.S., now that California recieves a 50% boost in air pollution from Asia's highly toxic "brown cloud").

Once I get my current book finished I'd like to move strongly into conservation photography, selling prints and donating profits through Art for Conservation, and I'd like to have enough impact to get invited into the Internaional League of Conservation Photographers, where I can effectively lead others on various campaigns.

I have also entered this contest (my original essay was about a grizzly bear encounter, LOL), but I really don't have time to drum up support, so I'd certainly like to do what I can to support someone who will "do good" with the opportunity and have an impact. I think we each get five votes... just voted for you now. Best of luck to you!

Cheers,

Jeff
Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreysullivan/sets/72157603822583160/show/
Blog: www.MyPhotoGuides.com
Facebook: www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreysullivan/sets/72157624723019347/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JeffSullPhoto

Report Abuse Jeffrey Kunz January 22, 2011 | 09:20 PM

A journey worth taking!

Report Abuse Kathleen Frith January 22, 2011 | 06:49 PM

What a fabulous thing for all of us. Can't wait.

Report Abuse Anthony Cortese January 22, 2011 | 06:14 PM

What a terrific quest - we are all behind you!

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun January 21, 2011 | 09:57 PM

Jeff,

I totally agree with you -- and that was one of the most informative and succinct descriptions of what is happening that I've seen. In my work I'm involved with reducting black carbon emissions from the developing world and reducing methane emissions globally. Both of these activities, if successful, should slow down Arctic melting and give us more time globally to deal with carbon.

Who are you and from where do you come? :)

Cheers,
Leslie

Report Abuse Jeff Sullivan January 21, 2011 | 07:43 PM

We can't stop Arctic melting any time soon. The excess CO2 already emitted every year will remain a warming influence on the planet for 1000+ years.

Here's the barrier to global reductions: developing nations produce half of all greenhouse gasses today, but represent the vast majority of emissions growth, so it's mathematically impossible to stop Arctic melting until they stop building coal power plants (China and India alone have 500 more planned for construction). Despite this simple fact, politics being what it is, there isn't a single treaty or proposal under discussion to address the problem globally. Exponential growth in China and India alone could double global emissions in one to two decades, so about the best we can do at the moment is to buy locally-produced goods and prepare for the worst case scenario that we're on track to achieve.

However, the growth and pollution in developing nations is to manufacture goods for developed nation populations (and for retailers such as Wal-Mart), so the solution is to bring back manufacturing to developed nations, where we have the ability to insist upon investment in cleaner power generation (40% of global emissions) and minimize transportation emissions (the second biggest category at 20%). We also need to curb black soot emissions (60% as strong an influence as CO2), mainly a developing nation problem. We'll need to elect entirely new political representatives who are intelligent and honest enough to take the difficult but necessary steps to minimize the global damage and destruction that we pass on to our children.

Neither of our two current political parties here in the U.S. are even remotely honest with us on topics such as global warming and immigration (a major contributor to U.S. population and emissions growth). The first order of business must be to properly define the acceptance of so-called "campaign contribution" bribes as treason, to remove crooks form teh process and to restore politics to the role of public service.

Report Abuse Jason Mark January 21, 2011 | 06:16 PM

Go, Leslie, go!

Report Abuse Janet Rupp January 21, 2011 | 05:09 PM

What a fantastic post--makes casting this vote really easy. Thanks for all you're doing to protect the Arctic and the people and wildlife who call it home. Not to mention the rest of us, who know that the Earth is round and that climate change is real.

Report Abuse ellen miller January 21, 2011 | 05:43 AM

I hope you win!
You sound like you deserve it!
I am Dan's friend Ellen from Chicago and look forward to meeting you!

Report Abuse Bob Shavelson January 20, 2011 | 11:28 PM

bring me back some ice...

Report Abuse Jennifer Lash January 20, 2011 | 09:12 PM

You would be perfect for this! Good luck.

Report Abuse Callum Roberts January 20, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Lovely post Leslie. Good luck!

Report Abuse Russ Avery January 20, 2011 | 11:38 AM

Good luck, Leslie - hope you win!

Report Abuse Lissa Widoff January 20, 2011 | 02:30 AM

Wonderful vision Leslie, do you need a Sherpa?

Report Abuse Dawn Martin January 20, 2011 | 01:28 AM

Leslie - you are amazing! This is such a great opportunity for you but also for raising the profile of this issue! What a smart way to share your very important perspective to a new audience. Your style, your approach will be perfect for this effort. Go forth boldly - I'm so proud of you!

Report Abuse Stephanie Ward January 20, 2011 | 12:55 AM

Hope you win, your photography will be shared with my classes. Best of luck!

Report Abuse david littell January 20, 2011 | 12:38 AM

Very niece piece -- good luck on a great journey!

Report Abuse Robert Giovannini January 20, 2011 | 12:28 AM

good luck Leslie!

Report Abuse Michael Estes January 19, 2011 | 07:48 PM

#500, Good luck Leslie.

Report Abuse Maggie Clement January 19, 2011 | 07:04 PM

I was going to say, "go get 'em Leslie", but Joel beat me to it! You get my vote for sure!

Report Abuse Erika Rosenthal January 19, 2011 | 05:34 PM

I can't think of a more splendid person to join the trip... readers would share both her her lovely writing and her passion to work to protect the beautiful and fragile Artic.

Report Abuse Beto Bedolfe January 19, 2011 | 01:03 AM

Leslie gets my vote! Great observer, effective activist, excellent writer, and a wonderful person. It doesn't get any better than that!

Report Abuse Kelly Czerwinski January 19, 2011 | 12:08 AM

I know Leslie will do Maine proud when she wins this contest!! We are all rooting for her!!!!

Report Abuse stacy parker-fisher January 18, 2011 | 08:43 PM

Leslie- It IS your passion for this part of the world that will keep us back here warm.......and informed and inspired!!
Go!

Report Abuse Amy Simon January 18, 2011 | 08:23 PM

Go, Leslie, go!

Report Abuse jessica borenin January 18, 2011 | 06:36 PM

You have my vote :) - Jessica, Anchorage, AK

Report Abuse Beth Nagusky January 18, 2011 | 06:13 PM

Leslie will not only write beautifully about the Arctic and the changes global warming is having, but she will also help do something to stop the worst of it from happening. Go Leslie!

Report Abuse Daniel Sosland January 18, 2011 | 05:49 PM

Hey Leslie -- I can think of anyone with better karma to be sittin' on top of the world. Can't wait to be vicariously thrilled.

Best,

Dan

Report Abuse Walter Czerwinski January 18, 2011 | 03:56 PM

Hope you win! But your cats will miss you if you do.
Good Luck Kelly's Dad

Report Abuse Lesli Mitchell January 18, 2011 | 01:19 PM

Say hello to the bears for me!

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun January 18, 2011 | 12:44 AM

Thank you, thank you to everyone who has voted! Your support is deeply appreciated! Keep those votes coming!

KiKiSoSo!!

Report Abuse Steve Curwood January 17, 2011 | 11:04 PM

This is what I call real outdoor adventure writing with blue-eyed soul...sweet!

Report Abuse Zane Edwards January 17, 2011 | 06:54 PM

This is beautiful. Thanks for doing this and good luck!

Report Abuse joel clement January 17, 2011 | 03:38 PM

Go get em Leslie, but seriously, do you really want to see a polar bear up close? Binoculars distance, I say.

Report Abuse Marguerite Prentice January 17, 2011 | 02:38 PM

Best of luck Leslie. We hope you will be heading to the Arctic soon!

Report Abuse Kristian Teleki January 17, 2011 | 01:20 PM

What a terrific opportunity Leslie and shall look forward to the first installment!

Report Abuse sarah warren January 17, 2011 | 04:38 AM

Hi
My brother Brad speaks highly of you. You and I share a commitment to helping people outside the environmental understand the urgency of climate change and what it means in human terms-- through the heart.
Good luck and I look forward to your posts. I tweet a lot and am happy to post links!

Report Abuse Katie Eckman January 17, 2011 | 02:07 AM

Go Leslie! I am so excited for you - good luck!

Report Abuse Matt DiRodio January 17, 2011 | 01:37 AM

As a student of VCTR..many years ago I shared with him there was not enough attention being devoted to the environment,basically he gave a strong encouragement to do what one can...good luck and may the vision of "Sacred World" awaken..KiKiSoSo

Report Abuse Patti Chenis January 17, 2011 | 01:12 AM

Best wishes for your win. Brilliant idea, powerful cause. KiKiSoSo.

Report Abuse veit weber January 16, 2011 | 10:33 PM

Dear Leslie,

I wish you all the best,
Hope you will be the winner!
KI and SO
Veit

Report Abuse Judith Smith January 16, 2011 | 10:04 PM

Dear Leslie, I'm with you!! Hope you are successful in winning this extraordinary opportunity. I had the good fortune many, many years ago to visit Alaska, only as far north as Fairbanks, and fell in love with the North. And with extremes. Have longed to return to the arctic or antarctic for a long time. So -- if you win, I will join you vicariously! And, I actually hope you do have a "close" encounter with a polar bear, as long as you respect each other! Almost nothing could be more thrilling.

Report Abuse Tracy Good January 16, 2011 | 09:45 PM

I too have been caught by the eyes of the Bear Clan, a Cinnamon Bear in Northern B.C. at Tyax Lake. Couldn't take my eyes away, couldn't move, could barely whisper to my friends feet in front of me, not noticing. Bear I whispered, loudly and softly. But it startled the moment and it was gone. Good luck, keep writing. Your writing is captivating.

Report Abuse alan parker January 16, 2011 | 06:59 PM

Leslie -you deserve to win for all your efforts to save the our world from destruction-keep up the good work -alan

Report Abuse Leslie Field January 16, 2011 | 02:45 AM

Leslie, I hope you win - this sounds like a terrific idea and I'm glad you'll be able to communicate your observations and passion so effectively when you get there. My own work continues on Ice911 (www.ice911.org) to try to slow the melt. Each of us must work in our own way, using our own best skills. Best of luck to you!!!

Report Abuse Emily Figdor January 15, 2011 | 11:22 AM

I'm routing for you -- and will send your email out to a bunch of folks!

Report Abuse Carol Turley January 14, 2011 | 10:53 PM

Leslie, what a wonderful idea using this opportunity to address the key threat to the Arctic and its ocean - warming, melting sea ice and ocean acidification. Good luck!

Report Abuse Jessica Brown January 14, 2011 | 07:54 PM

Leslie, What an exciting opportunity. I can't wait to read your posts from the Arctic. Just posted this to my Facebook page. Fingers crossed!

Report Abuse anna spurr January 14, 2011 | 07:43 PM

I love your writing, it makes me want to be there as well (though the bear sounds a little scarey!). Good Luck Leslie :)

Report Abuse Jo Saffeir January 14, 2011 | 06:52 PM

Best of luck! Jo D. Saffeir

Report Abuse Ann Mesnikoff January 14, 2011 | 05:29 PM

I look forward to fabulous blogs!

Report Abuse Colin Peppard January 14, 2011 | 05:16 PM

One of the most committed environmental leaders I know, with a voice and an eye to match! There really isn't any other choice for this task!

Report Abuse Jenny Russell January 14, 2011 | 02:56 PM

Excellent quest Leslie. Good luck!

Report Abuse Pat Jenny January 14, 2011 | 02:09 PM

Leslie, You go girl! Too bad we can't vote early and often.

Report Abuse Vivek Rishi January 14, 2011 | 01:51 PM

Best of luck.......

Report Abuse Christopher Parker January 14, 2011 | 01:34 PM

Best of luck and I look forward to seeing some amazing pictures!

Report Abuse David Humair January 14, 2011 | 09:48 AM

Well done Leslie! And come back soon to Lovatens for a fondue with Andrea and me... Can you bring me back a polar bear skin? Just kidding!

Report Abuse Mary Foster January 14, 2011 | 03:17 AM

Mary Foster January 13, 2010/8:15PM

Good Luck Leslie sure hope you win!

Report Abuse Debby VanGetson January 14, 2011 | 01:24 AM

Good luck, Leslie. Place is everything . . . hope you get there.

Report Abuse janis fox January 14, 2011 | 12:16 AM

Your commitment to the environment is complete and longstanding. I hope you win and get even more exposure for your environmentally oriented perspective. Go Leslie!

Report Abuse Brigitte Kingsbury January 13, 2011 | 10:42 PM

Leslie - you would do an awesome job AND we would all enjoy the experience through your posts and photos. Good luck!

Report Abuse Ruth Hennig January 13, 2011 | 09:41 PM

Your community is pulling you to victory like a team of huskies, Leslie! Mush!

Report Abuse Arthur O'Donnell January 13, 2011 | 07:15 PM

Go for it Leslie...although I'm thinking you are just trying to get avoid Maine's winter ; }

Report Abuse sally Bingham January 13, 2011 | 06:49 PM

Leslie, you are THE ONE!! good luck
sally bingham

Report Abuse Gabby Rigaud January 13, 2011 | 06:45 PM

What an incredible experience!

Report Abuse Louise Montgomery January 13, 2011 | 04:32 PM

Go Leslie! You will be brillaint at doing this and deserve to win. Best of luck.

Report Abuse NE Chevalier January 13, 2011 | 01:56 PM

Good Luck!

Report Abuse Pin Collacott January 13, 2011 | 09:32 AM

Leslie - good luck, I hope your dream of encounters with polar bears come true.

Report Abuse Leonardo Lacerda January 13, 2011 | 08:01 AM

Leslie,
May you win this contest and be able to write stories not only from the perspective of a disengaged and fickle tourist (the world is just too full of those, quite frankly), but of a world citizen who cares about and registers the changes in an environment being transformed by the recklessness and selfishness of the only species endowed with the Logos and reasoning. Maybe a spark of the kind that generous Prometheus gave us be kindled, and may the brightness of those vast snowed expanses reflect some light back at us. Be brave and go!

Report Abuse Andrea Frey January 13, 2011 | 07:48 AM

Leslie you have to win! I could not think of a better ambassador for the Artic!

Report Abuse Frank Miles January 13, 2011 | 07:17 AM

Well done! Best of luck, hope you get your dream trip.

Report Abuse Mieke van der Wansem January 13, 2011 | 02:13 AM

Thank you for taking on yet another great endeavor - for the good of all. Hope you win!

Report Abuse Roger-Mark De Souza January 12, 2011 | 08:47 PM

Leslie - this would be wonderful - reminds me of other stories we have shared! You have my vote - good luck!

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun January 12, 2011 | 07:46 PM

Thank you ALL for your wonderful support! What an amazing community of lovely people you are. I feel blessed!!!

Report Abuse Dorothy Arnold January 12, 2011 | 07:15 PM

I'd love to see you win! Can't wait to see your photos! What a win that would br for ALL of us. You go girl!

Report Abuse adrian arena January 12, 2011 | 05:25 PM

Hemmingway, Haroun.... i can see the similarities! Your blog will be both syle and substance. It will make for a terrific read. Looking forward to it!.

Report Abuse Thomas Urquhart January 12, 2011 | 04:40 PM

What an opportunity, Leslie! I look forward to reading your blogs, and even more, to there being something left of the Arctic for future generations to be inspired by, thanks to your work.

Report Abuse Diana Williams January 12, 2011 | 04:38 PM

Great writing can save the world, and polar bears. Good luck! Go blog Go!

Report Abuse Kristen Whelan January 12, 2011 | 03:55 PM

Can't wait to read your blog about the Arctic. The polar bears and I hope you win!

Report Abuse Sonia Hamel January 12, 2011 | 03:16 PM

Hope you win - I'd love to hear about your observations and I bet that they will touch people and support climate change action here and around the world.

Report Abuse Andrea Moffat January 12, 2011 | 03:28 AM

I hope you make it and have an amazing trip. Definitely send photos!

Report Abuse Beth Daley January 12, 2011 | 03:09 AM

what writing! What a goal!

Report Abuse Amy Salzman January 12, 2011 | 03:05 AM

I can already see you in your bright red coveralls like we sported in Barrow. You go girl!!

Report Abuse Lindsay Clarke January 12, 2011 | 02:17 AM

Good luck, Leslie! (www.breaking-ground.org)

Report Abuse Kerry Wood January 12, 2011 | 12:23 AM

Leslie, so good to see that you continue to pursue your dreams! Best of luck!

Report Abuse Leslie Pine January 11, 2011 | 11:18 PM

Leslie, love the blog post! This is meant to be, I'm sure of it!

Report Abuse John Nordgren January 11, 2011 | 10:13 PM

Leslie will bring the plight of the Arctic to life for those that follow her blog. Good Luck Leslie!

Report Abuse Carol Davis January 11, 2011 | 09:53 PM

Leslie, I really hope you get to continue to do what you obviously love to do. It's more precious than you know. Also, keep expanding peoples' minds.

Report Abuse Gabriela Romanow January 11, 2011 | 08:48 PM

What a brilliant way to highlight the tragedy and urgency of global warming through the observations, both written and photographic, of someone so committed to our planet.

Report Abuse Merran Smith January 11, 2011 | 07:03 PM

Thanks for doing this Leslie! (And it looks amazing!) We need you up there and are sending our votes your way. Good luck!

Report Abuse Terry O'Day January 11, 2011 | 05:58 PM

Go Leslie!

Report Abuse Chris Davis January 11, 2011 | 05:15 PM

Go Leslie. Great initiative and best of luck with this. I'll get my wife and sons to vote for you too. Cheers.--chris

Report Abuse Jennifer Arrowsmith January 11, 2011 | 04:41 PM

GO Leslie! This is awesome - hope you win! Ryan and I will be sending much warmth from sunny San Diego during your quest.

Report Abuse Peter Bahouth January 11, 2011 | 03:01 PM

Great story, beautifully written, we need you as our rep up there. Good luck Leslie....

Report Abuse Christopher John January 11, 2011 | 02:57 PM

Leslie can do it. Get your friends out to vote to send her there!

Report Abuse Seth Kaplan January 11, 2011 | 02:06 PM

Leslie's extensive travels from the heart of urban Boston to New Guinea to Belize and beyond and her deep engagement in environmental issues give her a unique perspective that would make her an essential part of this team. She has thought, and taken action, about the effects of global warming on places like the Arctic more than just about anyone else and is deeply qualified for this assignment.

Report Abuse David Beebe January 11, 2011 | 06:12 AM

Good gosh you write well Leslie -- may you be able to spread your words from the Pole.

Report Abuse Melissa Taylor January 11, 2011 | 06:04 AM

Leslie is an awesome woman who will bring energy, enthusiam and informative photos to readers! Good luck Leslie! You deserve to win!

Report Abuse Vicki Arroyo January 11, 2011 | 03:38 AM

Can't wait to read more and see your pictures from the top of the world, Leslie!
Good luck!

Report Abuse Ted Smith January 11, 2011 | 02:26 AM

Hard to imagine a better representative for the interests of generations to come.

Report Abuse Michael Lerner January 10, 2011 | 11:14 PM

What a beautifully written piece, Leslie.
You absolutely deserve to win!
Michael

Report Abuse Tim Kindlon January 10, 2011 | 09:51 PM

Best of luck Leslie-when you get up there ask Santa why I didn't get the exotic meat I asked for...

Report Abuse Jessica Bailey January 10, 2011 | 08:54 PM

Go Leslie!!

Report Abuse Michael Fischer January 10, 2011 | 05:08 PM

Your trip to the North Pole, I guarantee, will excite and trigger others of us in the foundation world to take the threats to the Arctic more seriously, and will focus the attention of civil society to its protection. You go, woman!

Report Abuse Emily Young January 10, 2011 | 04:06 PM

Beautiful prose. I hope you win, Leslie!!!!! Looking forward to your next dispatch from the North Pole.

Report Abuse Herbert Nolan January 10, 2011 | 03:35 PM

Passion, tenacity, and the ability to tell a good story are all combined in Leslie. Horray for Harroun.

Report Abuse Ian Gill January 09, 2011 | 11:22 PM

The North Pole seems a long way away from Sydney, Australia. Come to think of it, it IS a long way away. All the better to have such a well-informed and engaging correspondent in the field - go Leslie!

Report Abuse Julia Sheehan January 09, 2011 | 11:12 PM

A Friend of Elizabeth S is a friend of mine- no interview needed. But your writing alone deserves the chance to win.
Bon Chance!
Julia

Report Abuse Daniel Hildreth January 09, 2011 | 10:25 PM

Leslie understands how climate change is affecting the Arctic, and how to express she is seeing with clarity and emotional impact. Vote for Leslie!

Report Abuse faith sheehan January 09, 2011 | 08:16 PM

Perfect person for this trip. Leslie is advenuresome and she tells a wonderful story so we will all be enhanced from her experience.
She is very smart and insightful and will give us an educated view that will address the questions we would ask ourselves if we were there.

Report Abuse Jeff Fischer January 09, 2011 | 01:00 PM

Go, Leslie, go. Can't wait to read your blog.

Report Abuse Leslie Harroun January 09, 2011 | 12:14 AM

Want to see global warming close up? Vote for me and you will. My blog will make the Arctic’s beauty and fragility real for you, along with its tragic unraveling.

As far as I know, I am the only entrant who plans to use this opportunity to ignite people’s compassion and basic humanity.

Thank you, Leslie

Report Abuse Anna Ginn January 08, 2011 | 11:15 PM

Sounds like a dream come true for you and those of us who get to experience it vicariously through your writing and photos -- happy to do whatever I can to help!

Report Abuse John Tagiuri January 08, 2011 | 09:27 PM

Go Leslie GO!! My anti-SUV ticketing project could never have made it without you!!
Cheers and good luck!!

Report Abuse Sharon Boyce January 08, 2011 | 05:57 PM

Leslie is just an amazing woman!! She respects all of life and takes great care of the environment and our world. She so.... deserves to win this contest for a trip to the North Pole.

Report Abuse Elizabeth Halpin January 08, 2011 | 05:50 PM

I'd love to have a friend at the North Pole besides Santa. Good luck Leslie.

Report Abuse Betty Reynolds January 07, 2011 | 08:59 PM

Positive things happen to positive people and I am betting that you will experience all there is to offer! Best wishes!

Report Abuse Deanna Ball January 07, 2011 | 07:31 PM

I'm a friend of Leslie's Mom also and I am so impressed with her writing, she deserves this trip

Report Abuse Carolyn Taylor January 07, 2011 | 07:12 PM

Leslie is such a special person. She is a joy to be with and would be a great member of any expedition. I love her writing; it really draws me into the places with such enthusiastic observations. What talents!!

Report Abuse Julie Lechtanski January 07, 2011 | 06:47 PM

I am a friend of Leslie's Mom and I love to hear stories about Leslie. She is so smart and accomplished and absolutely intrepid!! You go girl!

Julie Lechtanski

Report Abuse Ann Harroun January 07, 2011 | 04:52 PM

Leslie is bright, courageous, caring, very capable, and an excellent writer. This is SO like her. She will write and photograph a beautiful blog from the North Pole. I've known her all of her life, and she never ceases to amaze me.

Go for it, Leslie! (...and take care) Love, Mom

Report Abuse Jody Rowell January 07, 2011 | 04:27 PM

Just promise you will share with us after you come back.

Report Abuse Ingrid Sjulander January 07, 2011 | 03:04 PM

Leslie is the perfect candidate for this contest! I will send this link along to all, and my good vibes your way, Leslie! SKOL!

Report Abuse Ellen Baum January 07, 2011 | 11:44 AM

Wouldn't we all be lucky if Leslie won this contest, and we got to read her posts an see her photos.

Report Abuse Sarah Jessop January 07, 2011 | 03:43 AM

Leslie, you beautiful woman, get thee to the Artic! And take wonderful photos and write and write and write. Best wishes for your win!

Report Abuse Joyce Girard January 07, 2011 | 01:31 AM

Leslie, I really enjoy your posts! Hope you win the trip so I can live vicariously through your pics and words! :-)

Report Abuse Julie Smith January 07, 2011 | 01:10 AM

Good Luck Leslie hope you win! I always enjoy traveling thru your pictures!

Report Abuse Xena Harroun January 06, 2011 | 03:20 AM

Hope you win! Can't wait to see your photos!

Report Abuse Lorraine Halpin Zaloom January 05, 2011 | 10:22 PM

Excellently written. I look forward to the next installment!