Departures and arrivals – Kulusuk
by Guest Blogger
July 26, 2005
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
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
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
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.