Ezra Miller’s next project is a chilly one.
The 20-year-old star of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and We Need to Talk About Kevin will join an Arctic expedition team to plant a “flag for the future” as part of an international campaign to create a sanctuary in the rapidly melting area around the North Pole. The flag, whose design was chosen by Vivienne Westwood from submissions from young people around the world, will be attached to a glass and titanium pod containing the names of 2.7 million campaign supporters, including One Direction, Jack White and Cameron Diaz. The flag and pod will be lowered to the seabed several miles below the surface.
“I’ve never camped in the snow before and I’m definitely not an Arctic explorer, but I’m determined to plant this flag at the North Pole to declare it protected,” Miller says in a statement. “The Arctic is melting in front of us, and right now companies are going up there to drill for more oil. It’s time to create a new story.”
Miller will be traveling with three fellow Greenpeace youth ambassadors: Renny Bijoux from the Seychelles, an island nation threatened to be engulfed by rising sea levels; Josefina Skerk, a member of Sweden’s indigenous Sami parliament; and Kiera Kolson, a songwriter and spoken-word artist who belongs to Canada’s Tso’Tine-Gwich’in indigenous community.
On April 5, the team will set off from Barneo, a Russian ice camp at the 89th parallel, skiing for up to eight hours a day, camping in temperatures that could drop to -31 degrees Fahrenheit and using GPS locators among shifting ice floes in order to reach their destination. The journey is expected to take four to 10 days. As preparation for the excursion, Miller recently completed a training course in Montreal, where he dragged a sled containing more than 170 pounds of equipment and learned to melt snow in order to cook freeze-dried food.
“Even after months of training, I’m still pretty terrified about skiing across the frozen Arctic Ocean,” Miller says. “But I feel really honored to have been asked to take part along with these amazing young people, and it’s a story that I will tell to my grandchildren once we’ve won this huge fight against climate change.”