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Stop Over in Nuuk (Greenland)
(June 21st - 30th, 2008)

June 30th, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 2)

Nuuk, 23h15 local time

Our day is very much under the sign of the Hip Hop music. We spent our afternoon with the first band of Greenlandic Rap Music. Excellent raper, excellent beat boxer and beautifull people in their heart, Nuuk Posse, it's their name, are making a music full of hope for the changing Greenland.
They sing about climate change and give us a witness of what they think about it. They can see positive point for the ecomnomy of Greenland and negative point for the traditional way of life.


Delphine Maratier

Rap music group of Nuuk
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June 29th, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 2)

Nuuk, 23h30 local time

We got as witness today a retired journalist. At 84, Jorgen Fleisher did not see any change in the climate for the last 50 years in Nuuk.
The shooting team worked out the crane. Thierry Robert our film director brought it onboard. It give us the possibility to move it 6 meters away and give a shoot full of air.


Delphine Maratier

Shooting crew at work
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June 28th, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 2)

Nuuk, 23h30 local time

Even in Nuuk, on the South West coast of Greenland by 64° of latitude North, it is possible to use the solar energy to warm houses up. Hans is living in Greenland for 35 years and already conceived three "environmental" houses. We paid him a visit home to discover his last one. A pure master piece of ingeniosity. In his garden grows patatoes and oignons, he is very proud of them.
Downtown Nuuk, planks wall around condominiums in building process are well decorated.


Photo Knut Vibe

Street of Nuuk
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June 27th, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 2)

Nuuk, 23h15 local time

We went for a trip with the dinghy to watch for Humpback whales. We were two boats in this adventure. Tenna (scientist) and Philip (logistician) from the Greenlandic Research institute were with us. The aim was to shoot identification pictures. Unfortunately, we sailed for 8 hours with no success.
The fjords in the north of Nuuk are extremely beautiful. We came back exausted but very happy.


Photo Delphine Maratier

Searching for humpback Whales
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June 26th, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 2)

Nuuk, 23h45 local time

It was a big day in terms of interviews. The Greenlandic Minister of Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture pay us a visit onboard. Then we went to meet the president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council and we finished the afternoon with a scientist of the Greenlandic Research Institute specialized in polar bears and seals.
These three appointments gave us a very different version of what we heard usually in Europe. In the evening, we had the visit of the formal Islandic Minister of the environment and Health. Well it was a day focus on politic full of interest.


Photo Delphine Maratier

Around Nuuk
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June 25th, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 2)

Nuuk, 21h30 local time

This morning, we had the visit onboard of Kim Kielsen, Greenlandic Minister of Infrastructure, Environment and Mineral Resources. He gave us the point of view of Greenlandic people regarding global warming and their relation with challenges of tomorrow.
Rotation of crewmembers starts, every day we have a departure.


Photo Delphine Marartier

Kim Kielsen, greenlandic Minister of Environment
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June 24th, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 2)

Nuuk, 23h00 local time

Results of the day are quite interresting. We meet a lot of suspicion from people we want to interview (Kim Kielsen - Greenlandic minister of environment, Finn Karlsen - Greenlandic minister of fisheries, Aqqalu Rosing Asvind - scientist specialized in polar bears and seals).
They had numerous inquiries these last months for interviews with journalist from all over the world about global warming and they consider that the meanings of their words were transformed at the end. They feel more confortable when they understand the aim of the expedition and the fact
we're focused on their point of view. We're not professional journalist and we do not act under the influence of an editor commitee.


Photo Pierre Charles Gueroult

Nuuk harbour
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June 23rd, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 2)

Nuuk, 22h00 local time

Monday, a new week begins. For the national day, every thing was closed and our water tanks are empty. Water, diesel, propane, custom clearance and appointments for interviews are our plan for today. At the harbormaster office, the norwegian helps a lot. Most of people speak Danish (Norwegian and Danish are close) only few of them speak english. Of course we could speak Greenlandic, it will be easier.
Every where we're welcome and people make their best to please us. At the end of the day, we did a lot but appointments are not booked. Here, the time does not work as in Europe, it's normal and we keep trustful, things will be organized at the end.


Photo Gabriel Pitras

Water filling
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June 22nd, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 2)

Nuuk, 23h50 local time

It was a maintenance day. We took the advantage of the beautifull weather to work on the deck.
Three of us had the opportunity to join a plane rotation and fly over Nuuk and its surrounding.


Photo Knut Vibe

Aerial view of Nuuk
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June 21th, 2008 (Onboard time = UTC - 2)

Nuuk, 22h40 local time

Today is the national day in Greenland. As "usual" the sun shines. The official program for this special day is very busy. We're leaving the boat full equiped with caméras, tripodes, mikes, nothing is missing. We're ready to make a real reportage. We split the group in 3 different team. The team who reach the right spot, will call the others. Every one walk down desert streets, nothing is happening. Activities are cancelled by lack of participants. The only thing who is gathering 150 people is the soccer match, the final of the Nuuk's cup. We go back and forth, from south to north and from west to east without success. It's 7 PM when we meet again onboard, we're exausted but nobody found a single activity. At the end, we had a great day because people are very nice.

Photo Pierre Charles Gueroult
Nuuk harbour
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