Turn the page
Climate change is a fact. The causes are clear and well-known. Besides natural climatic fluctuations, human beings are mainly responsible. A "going on as usual" is no longer possible and, in accordance with intergenerational fairness, unjustifiable. Therefore it is time to act and to give potential solutions a platform. Large numbers of the civilian population, governments and energy suppliers have long since reacted to the changing situation and have taken action. The cards are being reshuffled.
"Turn the page" is opening a new chapter. The Dagmar Aaen, the ship belonging to Arved Fuchs, is en route as an ambassador of this change.The ship is hereby the "common red thread". Many people from Iceland, Greenland and also from Canada are familiar with the sailing ship the Dagmar Aaen and also with Arved Fuchs.
The spectacular scenery, stormy weather, difficult passages through the ice and the effects of climate change, which have become obvious in the high North, build the setting for an up-to-date, modern adventure with a very relevant and visually appealing aspect.
This next expedition by Arved Fuchs will be organized and carried out with the support of researchers. At the same time it is a classical exploration voyage to the ice regions driven by the thirst of adventure and knowledge and the joy of discovery, which has always led human beings across the oceans.
On board there will be a group of young researchers and energy experts. In dialogue with local energy suppliers, "Best Practice" examples will be pointed out and perspectives discussed. The crew will document, speak with scientists project managers and researchers as well as with local fishermen and hunters.
The effects of the changes in climate are easier to understand if, for example, one takes a look at what is happening in Greenland. In films and photo essays, which will be transmitted by the social networks, such changes in nature can be shown - and at the same time positive approaches at solving the problems can be presented.
The starting point of the expedition is Hamburg. Following a stopover at one of the North Frisian Islands and a visit to an osshore wind park, the journey will continue across the North Sea to the Shetland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and then on to Greenland. Each of these island communities are facing different problems and have different approaches to the solutions. From Greenland, the expedition will continue on to its next sequence in nthe Canadian Arctic.
Several Arctic communities already have a comparatively high percentage of renewable energy. What is their local technical innovative approach? Where are the problems? How do the people face up with these upheavels in their environment? How can one eventually find cooperating partners, who can generate technical solutions to the local problems? In addition there should be cooperation between energy companies, foundations and government representatives.
One third of the waste found in the oceans is plastic. This plastic is an ever-increasing problem, costs tens of thousands of animals their lives each year and is a danger for us humans. It can take up to 350-400 years for plastic materials to completely decompose. Plastic breaks down first of all only into smaller particles. Becuase they can be mistaken for plabkton, it is these small particles which have become the biggest problem in the oceans. Mussels are plankton filter feeders and therefore these tiny plastic particles are found in them.
Abandoned fishing nets - so-called ghost nets - are increasingly turning into deadly traps for many sea creatures. These nets can, so to speak, continue fishing endlessly. They often entangle themselves in coral reefs and not onyl do they endanger fish and sea mammals, but they also damage the coral structure.
Using under-water videos, dives and examinations on land, it will be possible to determine how much plastic waste there is on the west coast of Greenland.
The expedition ship will sail as far north as the ice conditions allow. Smith Sound which seperates Greenland and Canada, is seldom sailed upon because of the extremely difficult ice conditions. The Dagmar Aaen is ideally equiped to meet up with this challenge. The huge glacier flows on the west coast of Greenland have been significantly influenced by climate change. In comparing older photo documentation with actual recordings, these changes will be documented. The inspection of glaciers will provide an additional insight as well.
In September, 2018 the Dagmar Aaen wil first head south along the canadian coast. Depending on the season there will be surely be difficult ice and weather conditions there. The ship and the crew are prepared for this. Still it will be a navigational and adventuresome challenge which will vertainly hold more than one surprise for the crew.
Outlook and Follow-on Projects
The ship will spend the winter with a small crew watching over it in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. there the ship can be overhauled in preparation for the next leg of the journey and any damage that the ship suffered can be repaired. The expedition will continue in the summer of 2019 and will again take course to the north, concentrating mainly on the Canadian Arctic.