Viser arkivet for stikkord students

Mitt 2010 - et år i miljøet tegn

Tenkte jeg skulle gjøre som bloggerne Voe og Hjartesmil med flere og lage et skikkelig stereotypisk og en smule selvsentrert “oppsummering-av-året-som-har-vært-blogginnlegg.” Here I go!

Januar
Året starta med at jeg og Sortland NU sammen med sju andre nominert som Årets Sortlending 2009. Etter et par spennende uker var det klart at vi hadde vunnert med 40% av stemmene og over 2000 stemmer.

Jeg fikk også min egen fanside på facebook. Høhø
Jeg, Magnhild og Cathrine fra Sortland NU dro på landsmøte i Fredrikstad. Der ble jeg valgt inn i fylkesstyret til Nordland Natur og Ungdom. Et par uker senere var jeg på lederseminar på Malungen gård på iskalde indre Østland og ble kjempegira og kanskje litt smartere.

Februar
2. februar aksjonerte 17 nordnorske NUere sivilt ulydig utenfor Sanderstølen konferansen for å hindre oljeindustrien fra å legge strategier i hemmelighet. Jeg var ikke med av den kjedelige grunnen at skolen kommer først… Men selv om jeg satt hjemme, var jeg sykt stolt av å være ung, nordlending og NUer.

11. februar arrangerte Sortland NU og NUs oljegruppe Rock mot Olje på Rødskolen på Sortland. Kråkesølv, Captain Obvious og IHAB spilte og det var stinn brakke!

Jeg fikk Nordland Venstres Miljøpris for 2009 og det var veldig hyggelig.

23. februar fikk jeg en mail fra avdelingsleder Johnny på Musikklinja der jeg går til vanlig som jeg ikke skjønte betydningen av før nå, nesten et år etterpå. Johnny ville nemlig tipse meg om et stipend som alle norske ungdommer mellom 14 og 18 kunne søke på. Stipendet var på 50 000 kroner – det det kostet å delta på en tur til arktis i regi av Students On Ice.

I Sortland NU jobba vi med gågate og ble invitert til å holde innledning for Sortland Næringsforening.

Mars
Jeg dro på NUs vårkonferanse “Need for Speed” der vi sperra av Torggata en hel lørdag og ble gira på å jobbe mer med samferdsel.

Sortland NU var med i NUs samferdselkonkurranse Klimavennlige Byer og vi bakte boller til folk på bussen.

Jeg begynte å skrive søknad til Students On Ice og sleit skikkelig!!!

April
Sortland NU møtte stortingsrepresentater fra SV, bla. miljøpolitisk talsmann Snorre Valen som vi overrakte et svært grønt påskeegg med fisk, “New Energy”, vindmølle og en buss.
Jeg, Ina, Steffen, Anna og Marlene fra Sortland NU reiste til Bodø for å aksjonere da det faglige grunnlaget for forvaltningsplanen ble lagt fram.

Jeg jobba dag og natt og 23 april leverte jeg min 8 sider lange søknad til Students On Ice.
Vi hadden enda en Klimavennlige byer-aksjon. Denne gangen møtte vi ordføreren og krevde at byplanlegging ble gjort på folk og ikke bilenes premisser.

Mai
1. mai var vi medarrangører på arrangementet på Sortland. Jeg, Lise og Anna fra klassen min på musikklinja sto for musikalsk innslag – Vi spilte Haydn trio for to fløyter og cello med Ingen olje i nord T-skjorter.
Vi planla gasskraftaksjon, men så kom halve medlemsmassen i lokallaget opp i Matte Skriftlig…
Folkeaksjonen hadde landsdelssamling på Sortland. Kari Elisabeth fra sentralstyret var på besøk, vi så Eurovision, spiste taco og jeg fikk telefon fra Canada med beskjed om at jeg hadde vunnet stipendet!

Den norske ambassadøren i Canada, Else Berit Eikeland ringte meg og jeg var supernervøs og veldig glad.

Juni
Jeg og resten av lokallaget arrangerte vårt første seminar – Energirevolusjonen. Oppmøtet kunne vært bedre, men vi hadde det gøy og lærte masse om vindkraft, fjernvarme og fiskeri – den aller viktigste ressursen her i Vesterålen.

NU-gjengen

fisker Bjørnar Nikolaisen

Ina Lundberg

Thomas Stigen fra Vesterålskraft

Juli
Oljegruppa til NU kom på besøk og vi dro på tokt i hele Vesterålen før de reiste videre sørover på turen som gikk fra Hammerfest til stavanger. Vi sto på stand, hadde aksjoner, konserter, debatt og grilla en hel masse.

Jeg feira tidlig bursdag og pakka to svære kofferter: en til Sommerleir og en til arktis.

Anna, Thea og jeg dro på Sommerleir til Mosterøy utenfor Stavanger. Vi aksjonerte, var på vindmøllepark, arrangerte miljøfestival og hadde det gøy. Og så ble jeg valgt til fylkesleder i Nordland NU.

August
4. august reiste jeg til Canada og arktis. Turen kan dere lese masse om i tidligere innlegg. Jeg reiste hjem 19. august og gråt hele veien til flyplassen fordi jeg ikke ville dra fra alle menneskene som jeg hadde opplevd så mye fint og spennende sammen med.

September
Jeg reiste til Svolvær og deltok på det første møtet i Energirådet i Nordland der jeg nå sitter som representant for miljøvernorganisasjonene i Nordland.
Vågard fra sentralstyret kom på kvelden og var moralsk støtte og coach til neste dag da jeg satt i debattpanelet i en debatt for første gang. Møtet var i regi av OLF.

Dagen etterpå dro jeg og Vågard sørover på lederseminar der det var russisk aften med røbettsuppe og pannekake med ost og skinke på menyen. De to dagene etter seminaret var jeg på mitt første landsstyremøte. Vi dro på bowling og vant nesten..

Uka etterpå var jeg invitert til å holde ei innledning på en plankonferanse om fremtidas Nordland i Svolvær. Grunnet dårlig med kollektivtransport tok jeg taxi til Svolvær. Jeg og sjåføren ble godt kjent og diskuterte verdensproblemer. Hjemover fikk jeg sitte på med Johannes og Aase Kristine fra fylkeskommunen som var på klimaturné med elbilen som jeg kalte EliNor. Jomfruturen min med elbil skuffet ikke.

Oktober
Jeg dro på årsmøtet i Folkeaksjonen Oljefritt Lofoten, Vesterålen og Senja i Svolvær. Vi fra Vesterålen la slagplan for det som skulle skje allerede neste uke.
Nemlig da Statoilsjef Helge Lund kom på frierferd til Vesterålen. Vi lagde aksjon og møtte ham utenfor Kystvakta på Sortland. Det kom masse folk og vi kom på TV, radio, på nett og i avis. Hva hadde Statoilsjefen å si til det hele? “Er alle disse folkene herfra?”

November
NU-leder Ola og Kari Elisabeth og Bente fra sentralstyret kom oppover og holdt skoleforedrag og så var det skolekonsert i matfri med Captain Obvious.

Den andre helga i november dro jeg til Tromsø med Thea på Nordnorgekonferansen som Nordland, Troms og Finnmark NU arrangerte, delvis sammen med Folkeaksjonen. Jeg lagde taco, quiz om nordnorge, mala T-skjorter og vaska gulv. Og så hadde vi fylkesårsmøte der vi valgte nytt fylkesstyre og la strategi for 2011.

Jeg dro på enda et møte i energirådet, ble skuffa over det som ble diskutert og var litt glad for å gå når det endelig var ferdig. Så bar det til Oslo på enda et landsstyremøte der vi gjorde masse viktig, men kanskje aller viktigst: vi dro på bowling igjen!

Desember
På årets siste dag sto det om meg i VG Helg(!) og det var rimelig sykt og ganske artig!

Youth Impressions

General Student Impressions
“Everything is better in the Arctic… Even being seasick in the Arctic is better!”
“Believe in the fact that you can change the world.”
“Don’t forget what nature really sounds like.”
“Laugh a little louder, love a little stronger, and think a little greener.”
“I know that SOI has changed me. How?? I’m not sure yet… but it’s something that I can certainly feel… not something that words can describe.”
“Two twos to remember: If it is to be, it is up to me!”
“Merci d’avoir changer ma vie… You’re making a difference in our lives, no words can describe what I’ve seen with my eyes and the memories I’ll hold on to.”
“I don’t think even you know how life-changing this experience has been for me. For that, I am grateful.”
“To steal a fantastic quote from a friend and fellow Antarctic 2009/2010 alumni, ‘I have ice in my veins.’ Well put Jenna, I believe that the ice has spread.” – Olivia Rempel
“You have given me the tools to build whatever future I want.”
“Thank you to SOI staff for helping me realize that everyone can make a difference”
“I now have the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm I need to make a difference. I am ready to protect the poles and protect the planet!”

I’m scared of…
“The rate of modern climate change”
“That Arctic ice is melting too fast”
“Feeling discouraged”
“A lack of understanding”
“Unfulfilled people”
“Falling out of touch with so many friends”
“My future. Do I really have what it takes?” – Kamil
“Forgetting one minute of this expedition”
“Not being able to convince people to make a difference before it is too late!”
“Inaction”
“Not being able to use my experience to better my community”
“Losing the Earth’s beauty”
“Forgetting how to practice compassion”
“Not having the same connection with people back home that I have now had with people during this experience”
“The future without change”

I plan to…
“LIVE”
“Fulfill my career as an Arctic scientist” – Kamil
“Live on my bicycle”
“Make a difference”
“Share what I have learned with my community and inspire change”
“Live my dreams!”
“Enjoy life to the fullest!”
“Be the best parent ever and pass my knowledge on!”
“Be a lifelong learner”
“Be meaningful”
“Spread the word”
“Do my best to protect the poles!”
“Move humbly, choose carefully, act wisely”
“Have a memorable life and leave a legacy”
“Take environmental actions to developing nations to build a sustainable future!”
“Spread, organize, initiate”
“Help a new generation”
“Keep exploring”
“Be part of a global movement and act on my beliefs, passion, voice”
“Live, love and save the planet”
“Let my actions speak louder than my words”
“Rock the planet, shock the poles”

The Arctic is…
“My friend”
“Our home”
“Paradise”
“Melting…”
“Beautiful”
“Valuable”
“The most beautiful place on Earth”
“Raw beauty at its finest”
“A reflection of the environmental state of the planet”
“Central to Canada’s future”
“Under threat”
“Fragile”
“Robust”
“Changing”

What do you hope SOI is doing in 2020?
“A global trademark of the power of youth – Generation G!”
“Doing the same thing – inspiring kids to make a difference”
“Still spreading ‘Good Karma’ around the world”
“Sailing a Green Vessel”
“Using an eco-friendly ship to travel to the Arctic and the Antarctic”
“Saving the planet in sustainable ways”
“Continuing to give everyone the opportunity to explore the Polar Regions”
“Giving teens a once in a lifetime experience”
“I hope SOI can be a sounding board as I move forward in life – ideas, advice, support. You guys are great!”
“Getting even more students involved and continuing to make a difference”
“The same thing – I wouldn’t change this experience”
“Educating. Advocating. Acting.”
“Teaching in schools/training teachers!”

I will remember…
“The strength attained by knowledge itself”
“The freedom felt from Arctic air”
“My slightly dysfunctional SOI family”
“All the people I’ve met here as well as the Arctic’s beauty”
“EVERYTHING! I will never forget my new and second family!”
“My friends and the good karma”
“Every wonderful day aboard the ship with such wonderful people”
“Crossing the Arctic Circle – getting there has made me a little stronger, a little wiser”
“SOI catalyzing KARMAFLEX in me, in all of us!”
“Standing on deck watching the northern lights with the stars twinkling behind them”
“The Arctic swim – being brave!”
“The sound of the wind whistling as I walk down towards the Arctic Circle”
“My ‘Aha!’ moment!”
“How this experience changed my life”
“The taste of blueberries, seal and char. The smell of the Arctic wind. The stench of walrus. The grace of bowheads.”
“The summer in the Arctic when I saw no sea ice”

I am hopeful about…
“My children’s children’s children living in a green world”
“New connections and possibilities”
“Seeing northern lights again”
“Our future”
“The youth”
“Returning with SOI someday soon”
“Tomorrow”
“Change”
“The differences SOI students will make”
“A sustainable future – we can do it!”
“A future of dedicated, passionate and global citizens who do not see the Earth as an accessory but rather as a lifeline”
“The power of creatures (large and small) to touch others”
« Le future! Pour la terre et tous ses habitants, toutes les créatures vivantes »

I’m looking forward to…
“Making a positive change”
“Sharing my experiences and maintaining the connections I’ve made”
“Learning to live an amazingly sustainable lifestyle”
“Sharing my story with the world”
“Going on another SOI trip!”
“Making the little things count”
“Having a positive impact on the world”
“New adventures and challenges”
“Sharing the knowledge I have gained with others so we can work together”
“Being a part of the change”
“Helping out with my head, heart and hands”

80 young peoples impressions at the end of our Arctic adventure

18th of August - Akpatok Island

Today’s destination is the wonderful Akpatok Island. This island – the largest island in Ungava Bay – is named for the Akpat, the Thick-Billed Murres that live on its limestone cliffs. Uninhabited Akpatok Island has International Biological Program status, is a Canadian Important Bird Area, as well as a Key Migratory Bird Terrestrial Habitat site. In addition to the Thick-Billed Murres, other notable bird species that may be on the island include Black Guillemot and Peregrine Falcon. Here we’ll use our zodiacs to scout the beaches in search of walrus and polar bears.
While on the ship, the students will also engage in a Youth Forum. Geoff Green will give a presentation on “Polar Ambassadorship” and “Inspiring Generation G” to help students focus on how to take what they’ve learned during these past few weeks and apply it to their communities, and to even larger scale – to help prevent further damage being done to our planet and its polar regions. The evening will be filled with activities on board for the students and the creation of a Youth Impressions wall, where students will be encouraged to leave behind what they learned from the experience for others to reflect on in the future.
The students will be busy with wrap-up activities and youth action groups to help them make sense of what they have experienced over the past couple weeks, and there will be plenty of time on deck to look out for Polar Bears, Seals and Whales! Students are extremely excited to share their new experiences, observations and ideas with friends, family and others when they return home. They have mobilized around diverse issues, projects, initiatives and actions that they will continue well past the end of the expedition. These young polar ambassadors are committed to making a difference locally, regionally, nationally and internationally!
The students can expect a big Captain’s Dinner during their “Final Evening on Ship” – replete with a lot of celebration, presentations, skits, slide shows – and briefings – as they sail ever closer to Kuujjuaq

First Polar Bear spotting at Akpatok

no zoom

Thick-billed Murre

Me, Geoff and Eirik

Bildeserie med 12 bilder — bla ved å trykke på pilene

SOI video for International Year of Youth

2010 is soon history. It has been an amazing year for me in so many ways, but the one thing that above all others defined 2010 for me was going to the Arctic with Studens On Ice. I learned so much, met so many wonderful and talented people, experienced climate change first hand and maybe most importantly: I understood, not only in theory but also in practice why we need to protect the planet.

This year has also been The International Year of Youth. IYY have three main goals:
1. Create Awareness: increase commitment and investment in youth
2. Mobilize and Engage: increase youth participation and partnerships
3. Connect and Build Bridges: increase intercultural understanding among youth

In August, during the expedition we marked the beginning of IYY by making this video. Enjoy:

16th of August - Kingnait Fjord

Another day on the Orlova, another day in the Arctic and only three days left till we leave… These 13 days have flown away. Everything we have experienced is all in a big blur. It will probably take a long time to digest all the impressions.

Today we have been at an amazing place called Kingnait Fjord in Cumberland Sound. As we sailed in the fjord early this morning we spotted about 40 bowhead whales! My “Animals to see in the Arctic”-list is complete! We arrived at the end of the fjord just after breakfast. Once on shore, we hiked up along a river to a gorgeous waterfall where we had some quiet time on our own before we hiked down to the beach for a barbeque followed by the legendary “Arctic Swim.” Cold and fantastic!

Today we have started to wrap up the expedition, talking about how we can make use of what we have experienced and learned towards meaningful change back home. Paige had an excellent presentation where she explained the meaning of life. Not bad!
It’s late. I’m going to go out on deck for a sip of fresh air before heading to bed.

Rita, Eirik and Norm

My Pod group: The Natisik Bypods

The Arctic Swim Team

Olivia

Andrew. He also has a blog: Million Green Lights

Bottledrop

Northern Lights

15th of August - Auyuittuq National Park

Have you ever been to a place so peaceful and beautiful that you’ve thought: I rather be here than any other place in the entire world? I have today: Auyuittuq National Park. Words are useless. To get a bit of an impression of the place you either have to go there yourself or take a look at the pictures on the website. The glaciers, the mountains, the waterfalls… The few hours in the valley kind of explained it all: Why it’s so important to preserve and care for the planet.
Hannah and I had a shower in one of the waterfalls. It was unbelievably cold and great! But the “event” of the day that stood out for me was just lying in the incredible soft ground for a couple of minutes thinking about nothing and/or everything.

Hiking

Waterfall shower with Jonathan and Hannah

Lichen

Carly with the canadian flag

Hannah, the master of drum dancing

14th of August - Kumberland Sounds: Kekerton Island and Pagnirtung

It has been a truly amazing day! We have visited the remains of a Scottish/American whaling station at Kekerton Island. The whalers hunted the bowhead whale and stayed in this part of the Arctic for over a hundred years. By the time they moved they had killed nearly 18000 and the bowhead was at the edge of extinction. It was a really fascinating site and much different from the whaling stations I saw in Antarctica when I went there.
After spending a few hours at Kekerton we sailed further into the fjord to Pangnirtung, and after lunch we anchored up and went ashore. Our guide met us at the beach and showed us all the major sites in town. My highlight had to be visiting the elders, in this case two women, who teach anybody who’s interested in how to make traditional Inuit clothing. The houses where they work are amazing!

Remains from the whaling era in Hudson Bay

My room-mate Lisa-Ann and a Bowhead Whale skull

Flower

Inuit houses with decoupage walls

Hudson Bay Company – old blubber station

At the printshop. I bought a print. I’ll show you soon

Local kids

Aanchal and Eirik

Sailing into Pangnirtung Fjord singing “Northwest Passage”

http://open.spotify.com/track/1cHSIk1TwG6W1xMpHMOzcD

13th of August - Monomental Island aka Polar Bear nirvana

POLAR BEARS
POLAR BEARS!!!!!

I wrote an update from Munumental Island, but is has gone missing.. Let’s hope the pictures are discribing enough.

Dr. Terry and the first Iceberg

Zodiac cruising at Monumental

First real life polar bear!

Polar bear momma and her two cubbs

11th and 12th of August - Cape Dorset and Sea day

Cape Dorset
Well I promised you I’d get back to you with the full update from yesterday’s visit to Cape Dorset. Here it comes:We arrived at 8 in the morning and anchored up in the bay. The first half of the day was spent at an archaeological site just outside the community where we explored the thousand year old winter houses of the Thule people and the bones from their primary food source, seal and walrus. After lunch we headed in to Cape Dorset where we were welcomed like kings. The community had prepared several activities for us. Women of three generations performed throat singing, and traditional Inuit games and seal carving was demonstrated to us. The whole community and many of the students ate the raw seal meat. Afterwards we went for a walk in town and checked out the local co-op and an art store. After all, Cape Dorset is the Inuit art capital.After dinner yesterday Norman Baker, our oldest expedition member told us of the Ra expeditions where he had been the navigator. It was probably the highlight of the day for many, me included. To have him tell me, Eirik and the other expedition members about the voyages instead of learning about them in history class was so cool. These expeditions, and the leader of them Thor Heyerdal, are legendary in Norway.

Willie, Mo, Joe and and an Inukshuk

Me getting eaten up by mosquitos

Community feast in Cape Dorset

Seal carving

Swedish meat balls from IKEA in Nunavut

Norm

Sea Day
Today we have spent the whole day at sea. We have had several lectures and one was by John Crump who works at GRID Arendal with indigenous people and climate change. It was really interesting! We also threw 200 glass bottles overboard. We all took some time to write our own message in each bottle, so you might find a message from me in a bottle on a beach near you in a couple of months. These bottles are used to measure the ocean current.

10th of August - Walrus Island

What a day! No wind, along with sun from a clear blue sky. Today we have spent the morning hours at Walrus Island in the middle of Hudson Bay. As you might have understood already, the small island was packed with walruses. About 1000 of them were swimming, diving, fighting but mostly they just lay on the bare rocks, tanning and chilling in the nice weather. We cruised around the island in the zodiacs and got a good look at the animals. Our marine mammal expert, Dr. David Gray, told us more about the walruses. Did you know that the walrus mostly feed on clams? They put the clams into their mouths, suck out the inside, spit out the shell and swallow the clams whole. The clams from the walrus’ stomachs are actually an Inuit delicacy. Actually I haven’t told you about the highlight of the day yet! When we were out zodiac-cruising, we suddenly spotted a huge walrus in mid-air. Some of its less loyal walrus friends had pushed it down a 7 meter tall rock. Imagine a 2 ton fat lump in free fall, crashing into rocks on its way down. Difficult to explain, extremely funny to watch (The walrus was alright and didn’t get harmed, apart from being a bit embarrassed). Before lunch we headed out on deck for a pool-party in the nice weather. Almost everybody dove into the ice-cold arctic water.
A little message to everybody that has been trying to reach me since we left Ottawa on the 6th: The phone signals aren’t very good here. And the only way we can communicate to the “outer world” is with satellite. I really feel like I’m out in the wilderness!

Gary!

Walrus

Zodiac crew of the day

Walruses at Walrus Island

Linda and Mo competing on who can hold their hands longest in the freezing Arctic water

Eirik is also checking the temprature

Pool party. Me and Emilie are preparing ourselves

A tipical summer day in Ungava Bay… not

Journal writing out on deck