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Back in Germany – How I feel now

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Back in Germany I did notice that i finally got my idea of distance back! You don’t have any clue in Greenland about distance so that an envisaged 15 minutes way can take up to one hour or even more. In addition the ambient noise is totally different what is easy to imagine. Cars, the subway and roadworks are the daily sound effects in Germany.

Especially in conversations with my class, with my family or in other groups where nature or the climatic change was part in I feel more certain to comment. Furthermore I noticed that I intervene more often when friends don’t show respect for Nature and the raw materials they bought by throwing rubbish on the ground or throwing plastic bottles in the bin instead for recycling them because it is more convenience. (In Germany you get like 0,28$ per bottle!) What really is noticeable is that particularly the point of convenience is a thorn in the flesh of the improvement in climate change. If the most convenience way was the environmentally friendly one we would have less problems right now.

It is our assignment to get people out of their convenience in which they are right now and to find new ways to make actions for nature more easy and attractive. What really caught my attention in school was when we learned about so called „Nudges“ in economy class. A Nudge should affect the behavior and action of people without them noticing. A succeeded example for a Nudge is that the rubbish on danish streets got reduced for about 40% just by drawing green footprints on the ground who tend to guide to public garbage cans. Nudges find more uses by changing for example the former habits like reduce the wastage of paper by printing double-paged. Printers can therefore be set on double-page from the first. Only people who have an objection against has to change the setup then. Summarized, Nudges are changing habits and are improving them in many ways.

Right now it is important to teach young people and children more and earlier about the topic of climate change and the consequences and also what to do to help.

For the people who already have their own (selfish) opinion about the importance of nature and a lifestyle my message is: turn off your egoism. We are not the only creatures on planet earth and we have the responsibility for the future generations!

Climate change – a worldwide problem

About one week ago we came together as a group of 5 people from 3 countries. A mixed group from Australia, Indonesia and Germany. But why is it so important to be that international? It is because we are all affected by climate change, but each of us in a different way. We all have similar fears because we all suffer from it in a special way.

Even when Germany is not one of the countries which is being affected the most by climate change (due to its location in the temperate zone), changes happen. Except for the year 2003, 2015 was one of the hottest years in Germany with a big and long heatwave and record-breaking temperatures from about 36 degrees. This also means that the harvest times for farmers, e.g. for the wine growing will change. Soil erosion will get worse and storm tides will happen more often.

One of the worst things due to climate warming is that the Asian tiger mosquito, which can transfer illnesses like malaria, reached Germany this year.

Aedes Albopictus - the tiger mosquito can be infectous with Malaria and reached germany for the first time this year

Australia is already affected more and stronger by climate change by droughts, tropical cyclones, sea-level rise, heatwaves, bushfires and heavy rainfall. Heatwaves have become longer and hotter. The number of record hot days in Australia has already doubles since the 1990s! Those hotter and drier conditions have contributed to increase bushfire weather risk in southeast Australia. That means that the continued increases in hot and dry weather will likely increase the frequency of extreme fire danger days. In southwest and southeast Australia droughts are also likely to happen more often.

Global sea level has risen 0.2m over the last century and still continues. This will drive major impacts to costal cities.

Indonesia is also hit very hard by climate change. Such as severe droughts, annual floods and intense tropical storms. Floods in Jakarta used to be once every 5 years, but now it is every year.

The increase in seawater temperature is causing major stress on Indonesia’s marine life. Coral bleaching has been spotted throughout Indonesian waters. Deforestation has cause more soil erosion and mud floods across Indonesia’s rural areas as well.

Nørsk and Northern Lights

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Yesterday the team and I were visiting the Nørsk reconstruction area in Qassiarsuk, Greenland. From what I heard, this area is the best reconsruction zone in the world. This is a place where the Nørsk (Viking) came and settled in Greenland for several hundred years. In that reconstruction zone, we went to a church of Erik the Red. I am amazed with the church, because this Church is really small, only around 2 x 4 meter. Eventhough it is small, I feel it cozy and it has kind of sauna room smell, so it is familiar for me 😀 church

In that reconstruction zone, we met local boy named David, who lives in that place for summer, and he works as a “keykeeper“ in that area. He explained about the history of the place, where the Viking turned in Christianity back in 892 AD. The ruins were really amazing, I can not imagine how they moved such big stones around that era.

After some talks and discussion, we introduced our team and he is interested in the project, and he is willing to help us. So we had a dinner together and I asked about the Greenlandic cultrure. After the dinner, we continued our chat until somebody said “Hey, there is a Northren light“. We were so excited and decided to climb up the hill and spent 2 hours just enjoying the scenery.

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The northren light (Aurora Borealis) that we saw last night was so different, it was just so beautiful and so clear, we were lucky to have such a good weather! After spending 2 hours, taking pictures, enjoying scenery up in the hill, freezing, I managed to capture some great photos of the northern light!

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Help to make Greenland greener

Planting trees

Our mission for today was to plant at least 100 trees, and that is what we have done. Nature in Narsarsuaq is really amazing. The arctic is not full of ice and glaciers, as most of the people think. Here, in South Greenland, you can also see a beautiful green vegetation.

During photosynthesis, trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen so when they grow over a long time like trees they will reduce our carbon dioxide level. It especially rises due to burning fossil fuels, like with automobile traffic, manufacturing processes and other energy intensive activities. It is also really important to plant trees as they are the natural habitat of the animals and birds, as well as many endangered species.

If you want to have a comparison about how much a tree can help us, I have these 3 facts for you:

  • Over the course of its life, a single tree can absorb one thousand kilograms of carbon dioxide.
  • One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
  • A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four!

Reduce global warming simply by planting trees for the environment.

Hello everybody!

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Hello everybody and welcome to our fresh released homepage!

Thanks for stopping by and participating on the upcoming trip from an international group of youths exploring the arctic – the so called earthteam! The team engages on-sight in environmentalism and challenge the issues and causes that result in climate change and let you participate every day with commentaries and video diaries uploaded directly to the internet.

The homepage is updated during the expedition on a high routine. Several groups of persons are working constantly on selecting the content for publishing. You can find in the upper tiles new updated blog articles, a blog of our allied UN-School Class from Hamburg and our sponsors. Beneath the tiles you will find more interesting articles, sorted by the release date. Every author has its own profile, so if you click on the author’s name in an article or type his name in the search field, you’ll arrive at his_her personal site. There is also a link on the lower front page where you find all earthteam members.

You will also find links to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rss feed on the upper right side of the page. On the lower right side there is a news column with tweets, links to the homepage categories, archives and the tag cloud. If you scroll at the bottom of the page you find all sponsors and supporters of youth4planet.

Over time we will implement some thrilling features, like the ‘challenge of the day’ events, where every day a new challenge will be posted. These challenges will include small actions for everyone to reduce his_her CO2 level or quiz-questions related to climate change. Furthermore there will be a twitter action ‘ichangeview4change’ aiming to get interested people to involve and sensitize more people for climate related problems and solutions.