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From Nuuk to Nuuk

I’ve had the most interesting flight journey of my life today . We rushed to the airport for our 9 am fight to Nasarssuaq. The plane was so small that we had to be weighed along with our baggages.

Entering the flight we noticed why so,it was completely packed. The journey was planned to take around 45 mins for a stopover before Narsassuaq. But due to the weather system not cooperating with the plane, we had to fly around Paamiut for an extra hour or two. There are certain requirements for planes to be allowed to land, which was pilots need to be able to see the runway at certain distance before landing. Our pilots did not meet the requirement so they decided to head back to Nuuk. On the way back, we saw the most breathtaking scenery, the greenland ice sheet. We were constantly on our cameras throughout the whole trip. We even had the opportunity to go into the cockpit and take shots of the scenery Air greenland is definitely one of the most friendliest airlines I’ve ever been on. The pilots were even willing to do a short interview whilst flying the plane. I took the opportunity to take a sneaky selfie with them as well.

After 45 mins, mother nature basically did not allow us to land in Nuuk. So we ended up flying back to the city of Kangerlussuaq, the original city where we first landed in Greenland on our first day. As the flight attendant said, “When in Greenland, time is not important, weather is”. After a short stopover at Kangerlussuaq, we headed back to Nuuk for another night and hope for a better weather the next day.

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Arctic!! ( Finally )

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After 5 days going from Indonesia, with all the obstacles ( 2x flight delayed, 1x cancel flight, bad weather, super foggy, rain, wind) finally we made it to the Arctic! Actually it was out of my expectation, because i thought Arctic will be a place covered by ice and snow, but what i see here is different. It’s a wonderful place, very peaceful, cold and there are a lot of icebergs here.

It is weird that this place has so many icebergs since autumn is just starting here. We were kind of lucky because yesterday the weather was just perfect! So we decided to shoot some scenes.

We went by a boat to a place where there are so many icebergs! It was kind of scary because there were so many icebergs along the way, but lucky we have a super professional driver, so we made it easily.

In that remote place where we shot the scenes, the view is just breathtaking! The place is very quiet, there was literary just us (the team) in that place. We took 4 hours to shoot the scene, it was very cold since we have to stand on the hill, but it was amazing to have this opportunity!

After the shooting done, we went back to our hostel in Qarsiarsuk, had a wonderful dinner and went to bed for another activities the next day.

“It is a new expierience. It is a new world.” – Kevin (Indonesia)

“It is a new expierience. It is a new world.” – Kevin (Indonesia)

Our common humanity

On boarding our flight in Nuuk yesterday morning, we noticed a small face peering through the circular plane window. She was a sweet little girl – most likely two years old – travelling with her mother to Kangerlussuaq.

During take off, the little girl burst into tears. She was terrified of the fast propellers on each side of the small 30-seater aircraft. In her state of fear and distress, I showed her some pictures on my phone and she began to relax. I found out her name was Livi.

Livi is an indigenous person, or ‘Inuit’, of Greenland. She didn’t speak any English (and I can’t speak a word of Greenlandic!), but we ended up playing for over an hour. Livi’s fear completely dissolved once we began playing games.

It’s experiences like this that remind me of our common humanity – the desire we all share to be happy and connected, and live free from fear and suffering. Meeting Livi also reminded me of the reason we are on this trip. Addressing climate change is a responsibility shared by people of all ages and nationalities, and a challenge we can only overcome by working together. Through recognising our shared humanity, we can dissolve cultural barriers and unite to create the kind of world we want to live in.

Because at the end the day, no matter where you come from or what language you speak, we all seek to live safe, happy and free lives – and tackling our climate crisis is fundamental in fulfilling that desire.

Day 1: Let the journey to the arctic region begin!

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Two days of preparation in Hamburg are behind us. Finally we met the whole team and all of our earthTeamMembers (Kevin, Delphine, Kalinda, Nesha & Thomas) in Copenhagen to give the final start for Youth4Arctic 2015.

After a quick breakfast in the hotel, we rushed to the airport for our 9 am flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq/Greenland. It took us about 4 hours and we crossed 4 timezones, so we arrived at 9 am again. We took a walk around town and visited the museum about the military history of Kangerlussuaq. Even though it was cold, it was very nice to walk around with fresh air surrounding us. Kangerlussuaq is located right on the Arctic circle, and we noticed that there was still vegetation around us. Since the arctic circle follows the tree line, it was interesting to see that there is still bush vegetation on the arctic circle.

We had a local free range organic cage free muskox burger for lunch. Unfortunately our plane that was expected to depart at 1:20 pm, got delayed for more than 4 hours. This gave us some time to brainstorm about the project. Finally, we left Kangerlussuaq around 4:30 pm. The expected journey was about 45 minutes, but it went up to nearly 3 hours because we could not land directly due to the fog above Nuuk. Plane rides to Nuuk often have this problem because the fog is kinda normal for that area due to the high moisture wind coming from the sea.

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After our arrival in Nuuk at around 7 pm we checked in at the hotel. That wraps up the day, we’re going to get some rest now and we shall continue the story tomorrow.

 

written by Nesha and Delphine

In Hamburg we get on the train to the airport

The earthTeam and youth4Planet-Team in front of the hamburg main trainstation just before we leave to the hamburg airport to fly over copenhagen  to greenland! We are very exicited what we’ll see and experience in the next 10 days!

From left to right: Verena Winkler (coordinator y4p), Kevin Hendrawan (earthTeam), Nesha Ichida (earthTeam), Delphine Zacharias (earthTeam), Joerg Altekruse (Producer) and Thomas King (earthTeam)

Hamburg train station youth4planet team