Departures and arrivals – Kulusuk

by Guest Blogger

July 26, 2005

Goodbye Thomas.

We’re anchored here until late Wednesday, and it’s peaceful and quiet on the

ship with the engine off. Well, peaceful and quiet except when deck work is

in full swing.

Grinding and chipping and banging and painting… yes,

even the painting is noisy. Not so much the painting itself, but all

the swearing at the clouds of mosquitoes that have found the ship.

Considering the scarcity of warm-blooded life in this area, we must look

like a floating all you can eat buffet.

The spot we’re in is a good compromise location with easy access by

helicopter to both the Helheim glacier and Kulusuk international

airport.

As scheduled, Steve Morgan, who has taken most of the photos

so far, departed yesterday. He’s replaced by Nick Cobbing, another UK

photographer (who I worked with on the Rainbow Warrior a couple years

ago).

Gordon and Leigh, the University of Maine glaciologists, left this

morning. Sad to see them go, but glad that they got as much done as

they did. In fact, they seemed very happy with the amount of research

they were able to accomplish, and the dramatic discoveries of these past

days. Best wishes to you both, and many thanks for answering my myriad

questions.

And last but not least, we saw off Millie, our Greenlandic translator,

and Thomas – a volunteer deckhand from Norway. Both will also be

missed. In addition, to translating, Millie was invaluable for her

advice as a Greenlander.

Thomas we picked up in Iceland. He had been sent by the Greenpeace

Nordic office to help with work there, but put in so much hard labor

that he was asked to stay for part of the Greenland tour as well. So on

basically no notice whatsoever, he put the rest of his life on hold just

to make a little bit of difference. It was great having you on board,

Thomas, and Phil says to say that you’ll be missed on deck.

If you don’t have a month or more to spare to volunteer full time on

environmental issues there are still plenty of other ways you can pitch

in. Here’s one – just turn off your TVs, computers, DVD players and the

like when you aren’t using them, rather that leaving them on standby.

This alone can save hundreds of kilowatt-hours per year.

If you live in the U.S. you should also sign up for our <a href="

http://www.projectthinice.org/contest.php”>Thin Ice Contest. Take

action, win prizes, and help the U.S. go from being part of the problem to

being part of the solution.

– Andrew

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