It took 30 hours of flights and another 30 hours on the Arctic Sunrise to get here.
That is a lot of travelling – but there is a story unfolding up here, on top of the world, so important that I had to go and witness it in person.
This is the first time in my life that I’ve ever seen anything like this. Seeing the Arctic sea ice almost made me cry.
This year is my 30th and in my short lifetime, China has developed significantly, but behind the scenes you will find heavy pollution and environmental damage as consequences.
At home in China, I have witnessed how a clean river turned dirty; I have learned how the precious white-flag dolphin is now almost extinct. These stories tell me how human behaviour has a great impact on nature.
And now, it’s the Arctic.
Over the past 30 years, 75% of the sea ice has disappeared due to global warming. But rather than stop and take notice of that alarming fact, oil companies and industrial fishers are so excited they can’t wait to profit from the Arctic sea ice melt.
The Arctic is perhaps the last untouched places of the world, but if you think the Arctic has nothing to do with you, then you are wrong.
Does the sea ice melting have nothing to do with you, living thousands of kilometres away?
Does the melting sea ice really have nothing to do with you, if it helps create a more unstable climate, with potentially more droughts and floods as a result?
Yes, it does matter, to all of us and I hope that by travelling to bear witness to its beauty and why we need to save it, you will get the message too.
Xiaoning Shen, Greenpeace East Asia