Earth Beat, 13 January 2012. It may be cold outside, but we’re warming to winter, meeting people who like to feel the chill. From a husky dog breeder to a long-distance skater, and the man who helps improve the lives of people who live in winter cities. Comment on the show.
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Caleb Ross, a New Zealander, moved to Canada for love. It wasn't to be, but the plight of a rare breed of dog led to the small settlement of Churchill in the wintry north. There he began to work with Brian Ladoon, who was trying against the odds to save the Canadian Eskimo Dog from extinction. More photos below.
The story of their struggle has now been made into a documentary called The Last Dogs of Winter.
Caleb talks to host Marnie Chesterton about his devotion to the dogs, dodging polar bears and living at minus 60 degrees.
Trailer - The Last Dogs of Winter
When it’s cold enough, and the ice is thick enough, the Dutch hold the Elfstedentocht ('Eleven Cities Tour'), a ice-skating race in Friesland that goes through 11 cities and covers 200 km. Dutch winters are unpredictable, so it means that sometimes 20 years can pass between races. More photos below.
Despite this, its 20,000 participants (and the Dutch themselves) are fanatical about the race, which takes place on a completely natural maze of frozen ditches, dijks, polders and canals. Hendrik van Prooije has finished the race three times, and talks to Marnie about his experiences and how a whole country spends the winter on tenterhooks, wondering whether there will be a race. FAQ: eleven facts about the Eleven Cities Race.
In Canada, winters are long – even in southern Canada, they usually last about half the year.
And warm is not an adjective most would use to describe the place – except a Canadian expat now living in Holland.
Who else would be homesick for snow, and a real winter?
Earth Beat producer Anik See tells us why.
How to help cities cope better with cold
And while you might think these places cope well with the cold, some of them struggle to keep services running smoothly.
Patrick Coleman is from the Winter Cities Institute which was established to offer advice about how to deal with this season.
He talks to Marnie about how we can plan our public spaces better so everyone can share his love of winter. More photos below.
For others, it's a time to catch up on all the work you can’t do in the summer because you’re outside all the time.
Meet David Bedford, scientist and apple breeder. While the summer and fall have him in the orchard all day, tasting upwards of 500 apples a day, the winter, for obvious reasons, means a retreat inside…