Beginning this month, eight schools will be using the internet to open a window to the Arctic, by video-conferencing directly with Inuit pupils who are being dramatically affected by climate change.
In Kent, vineyards and olive plantations are replacing potato farms; in the Arctic, houses have fallen into the sea as the ice melts and waves erode the coast.
The project was devised by Glenn Morris, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, who will be kayaking 2,500 miles through the Arctic this summer to cement the links between the schools.
"The Arctic is the world's early-warning system," Mr Morris said.
"Time is running out for the Inuit, whose entire way of life could disappear in just a few years if nothing is done to stop climate change."