Obama to Chat with Bear (Grylls, That Is) in Alaska

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By Halimah Abdullah

President Barack Obama will mix it up with a bear in Alaska … Bear Grylls that is.

Obama will trek through the Arctic wilderness as part of a special episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” according to NBC. Obama — the first sitting president to visit the Alaskan Arctic — will get a tutorial in survival techniques and talk about environmental issues as part of the White House’s focus on the impact of climate change.

The president’s trip to Alaska will be full of opportunities to get up close and personal with nature. He’s slated to tread on a receding glacier, chat with coastal villagers whose homes are threatened by eroding shorelines and speak with salmon fishermen whose livelihoods are endangered.

The trip is part of all an aggressive and high profile push by the Obama administration to highlight the impact of global warming and is the highlight of an increasingly forceful climate change policy push over the past two years.

The segment with Grylls will air later this year.