Malu Ostermann and Nivi Bak Hansen of Greenland are two students sponsored by WWF and Oceans North Canada to participate in the Students on Ice 2015 Arctic Expedition. They were interviewed by Greenlandic media Sermitsiak AG:
English translation below:
Arctic tour was experience of a lifetime
Two Greenlandic students got an experience of a lifetime as the previous year participated in this year’s Students on Ice expedition.
Malu Ostermann and Nivi Bak Hansen, both students at GU in Sisimiut, participated earlier this year in a Students on Ice expedition that explored both Greenland and Nunavut along with over 100 other students and educators, scientists and politicians.
Malu Ostermann and Nivi Bak Hansen participated in the expedition as Greenland’s representatives, after they received grants from WWF and Oceans North, which for years has financed student participation from Greenland on the trip.
And the trip went against all expectations – the experiences were great, they formed friendships with other students from the rest of the world, they represented Greenland in the best way and learned a lot, says Malu Ostermann and Nivi Bak Hansen.
“I had the best trip of my life. It is a once in a lifetime experience,” says Malu Ostermann.
“It’s a trip you will never forget, it becomes part of you and get stuck in the heart,” adds Nivi Bak Hansen.
This year, the Students on Ice expedition, which was the 15th of its kind in the Arctic, from Ottawa to Greenland, along the west coast of Greenland, and from there across the Davis Strait, to Pond Inlet and Sirmilik National Park in Nunavut, before the expedition returned to Ottawa.
Among the largest nature experiences was when they saw a large iceberg rotate several times and then disintegrate. Climate change also filled part of the trip:
“My views on climate change are different now; Now I know that we have to do something as soon as possible to try to stop climate change, it is important to take care of our world, our nature,” says Malu Ostermann.
The students also saw a polar bear, who was looking for birds’ eggs on a hillside, which in turn is seen as an example of climate change, affecting wildlife and nature:
“I thought I should appreciate nature, for it may well change in a few years. We need to make some changes around it – there needs to be more green energy in the world,” says Nivi Bak Hansen.
Both Nivi Bak Hansen and Malu Ostermann would recommend all others to seek participation in the Students On Ice expeditions. WWF is also funding next year, a Greenlandic student participation in Students On Ice. The application form will be available in the spring of 2016.