Halfway point

by Guest Blogger

July 25, 2005

It’s a beautiful Sunday. Warm enough that the hammock is out on deck for

the first time this trip, but nobody’s using it. Pretty much everyone

who has the day off is hiking on shore. For some though, their duties

are keeping them busy.

Hughie is working with a helicopter mechanic who’s flown in for the

weekend. Nearby Kulusuk is a major airport for East Greenland, so it’s a

rare chance to get some operational maintenance done.

Martina and Melanie (campaigners) somehow seem to be in meetings all

day. Funny how you can take the campaigner out of the office, but…

Anyway, I sat down with Martina to talk about how this weblog is going.

We’re half way through the Greenland leg of the tour, so it’s a good

time to reflect on what has worked so far and what we could do better in

the second half. If you have any suggestions, feel free to post them in

the comments.

And if you’ve been following our tour, but haven’t taken action yet on

global warming now is also a good time to start. Weatherize your house,

buy compact fluorescent light bulbs, ask your power company if there is

the option to buy electricity from renewable sources. There are plenty

of things regular people can do to help. If you’re in the U.S., your

action is especially needed. The changes we are seeing, and hearing

about from Greenlanders, make it very obvious that we should all really

be doing more.

Speaking of changes, Gordon and Leigh have finished their second set of

measurements on Helheim glacier. They’ll do two more sets, finishing up

at around four next morning. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know what the

results are when we get them.

– Andrew

[Photo: Hughie sets the helicopter down on an iceberg next to the

Arctic Sunrise during a test flight.]

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