Year 1 Ambassadors

Hayley Potter's Blog

shamelss - Sep 17th 2006 08:37PM

thats right, absolutely shameless, the panda shamlessly flaunting itself with men in uniform, and the men in uniform shamelessly flaunting themselves for a bit of free icecream!

Ben hard at work at the B&J's festival - Sep 17th 2006 08:35PM

if you have been accosted by this man then we can only apologise! 

catching up and catching on - Sep 17th 2006 08:33PM

it may seem like forever since my last post, and that is mainly because it was, but so much is happening that i literally havn't had the time to let you all know what.

Hopefuly a few of the people now reading this are the people i've been in contact with at the events i've attended, so hello everyone from the carshalton environmental fair and abberton reservoir and ofcourse the Ben & Jerry's festival! I must say that all events went well, all were a little strange, some lovely, interesting, amazing, infuriating and weird people at each one, but thats the way i like it, thats real life, real people and real opinions!

I think i've always been open minded, and as far as climate change issues are concerned, i knew all along that some people would be sceptical of this project, and i'd even heard of people blatantly refusing to believe that this is happening, but it was until i met someone at the environmental fair in carshalton, surrey that i'd come face to face with a real non-believer! Well firstly it got me annoyed hat this guy wasn't willing to tell me why he thought it was all a load of rubbish ( as he put it) then secondly once he did stop and talk to me, it amazed me that this guy didn't even know what he was talking about, he'd basically just dismissed it without knowing any of the arguements (on either side!) but the worst (and funniest) thing was that he conformed to the stereotype-i swear on my life, if i had my eyes shut, i could've been talking to dear old president bush-yes unfortunately, he was the calssic stereotypical american that doesn't believe that carbon dioxide levels are dangerously high, but not only that, but proper Bush stylee he kept using really long made up words, like intellectualists and carbon dioxideometer! very strange and very funny, but there you go!

Then completely the other end of the spectrum, i met a lady who believed, but believed that it was a government conspiracy to stop us solving the issues, apparenty, the American government hold the key to a machine that was never allowed to be made which can take the salt out of sea water and that this would solve all of our problems!

so yeah, you could say its been an interesting time just recently. I'm really looking forward to seeing all of the people applying for the second year, hopefully you're all starting to see that its the best project in the world to be involved in, you get to actively do something about issues you are passionate about aswell as having the experience of a lifetime (aswell as meeting weirdo's as events!)-so apply now! don't think too much about it, just be honest and open!

and finally i would like to quickly divert your attentions to our myspace site where coming soon will be a new feature- the crappy captions competition page -so check it out!

 finally-if you havn't done already, sign the petition!!


and finally finally


e-mail me if you'd like to kow more about the college, applying, what to expect, or if you'd like me to do a talk at your local group, school, event etc

[email protected]


oh yeah and finally finally finally- the picture.... thats me at the B&J's festival- i think i make quite a cute polar bear actually! haha!




H x

stop global warming - Jul 28th 2006 10:35AM

subliminal messaging - Jul 27th 2006 06:46PM

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 subtle and subliminal-if this takes off i'll be producing a cd for people to listen to as they sleep later on in the year, entitled........

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H x

busy busy busy - Jul 27th 2006 06:44PM

wow, its been a busy few weeks here at camp climate change college, i did my first real talk to people and got them to sign up to the first part of our campaign which was really cool, my powerpoint presentation was good, although my mum was disappointed as i sounded too common-i'm from the midlands what does she expect!! (oh god -cue the thousands of emails from posh people in the midlands!) the official count has begun- they're now tracking how many people sign up to our campaigns, and after week one, well ruth's gone steaming ahead and made ben and i look bad, so i emplore you, please! please! sign my petition, you've never heard someone gloat as much as ruth, she may be short but she's feisty and i now have to spend and entire weekend with her gloating! but you can change all of that, we get our next installment of figures tomorrow, so sign my petition now, tell the government what needs to be done and shut ruth up!!


well its the B&J's festival weekend starting tomorrow, plenty more time to get some new campaigners, we've produced our own behind the scenes video to show and it should be a lot of fun! (by "we" i mean "Ben" as i'm about as techincally minded as a babboon) the video shows what it was really like to be out there on the ice cap and what happened once we'd finished workin and will be available to view very soon (as long as it doesn't get censored!)


one last note, i was reading the other day that subliminal messaging really does work as it stimulates a certain part of your brain and its this bit that works quicker and remembers stuff better- thinking of giving it a go, problem is, i've never been the most subtle of people :-)


love H x


p.s more e-mails even if they're just to say hello to [email protected]


sign the petition at: 

The final campaign plans - Jul 9th 2006 11:25AM (Updated)

ahh sunday morning, my first weekend day off in longer than i can remember, i woke up an hour ago and the first thing on my mind was my campaign plan. You see it was due in during last week and, well its still not done. it's not that i'm stalling, i have been incredibly busy at work and i'll get it done by the end of today. (ok so now, by writing this blog, i am stalling!!) Ruth and Ben just seem to be so much better at the business and planning side of all of this, their campaign plans look fantastic, like a proper proposal, if i had my way, mine would be a collage from a magazine and a bit of writing scribbled in crayon!! haha!

but i think this is a good thing, i must bring different things to the team (cakes and dirty jokes probably) and so what i really want to say to all the people like me out there, if you're not 100% sure whether you're the person the college is looking for- well its not your choice, you'll never know unless you try-so enter! You don't honestly think that i thought i had a hope in hell of getting through??!! but i did, and if i can you can. Youre not going to lose anything by applying. Don't get bogged down in all the 'i'm not very good with technology' 'i don't think i could write a proposal or a powerpoint presentation' All that sort of stuff can be learnt, you will get alot of help from the WWF and B&J's with all that. What you can't be taught is passion and commitment, if you are truly dedicated, this will shine through in your application.

So, go on then!!!

On an entirely different note,  i'd like to ask you all, what first inspired you to become greener, what was your tipping point if you like? because i think its really important to discover what changes people in order to make the first steps to changing them yourself. Mine was a long slow process which started at primary school. Without getting too political and sounding like an old git, but 'in my day' (haha i am old if i can use that phrase!)  we were actively encouraged to discover nature and the natural world, we went pond dipping, grew our own herb garden and made our own sheets of recycled writing paper from old newspapers we brought in from home. I think its a terrible shame that children don't get activities like this anymore, i think from too young an age, the focus is on exams and learning from text books rather than experiencing and learning by doing! point in case, there was yet another school not so long ago where all of the trees surrounding the school were cut down just incase the conkers fell on the kids heads!! Again, without sounding too old- in my day, in the unlikely event of a conker falling on your head, you'd have been told to rub it better and would've probably taken said conker home and put it in vinegar for a month so you can beat your brother at a game of conkers!! (Do kids play that anymore?? haha!) phew anyway, rant over, point proven. The education system we are all aware needs a complete overhaul if society is going to change its views/actions. I became 'green' if you like by learning to admire and appreciate the natural world and all the species on the planet. 

e-mail me with your tipping point [email protected]


So, the path to true enlightenment is doing and experiencing, which is why you need to apply to the college, to experience, learn, and teach something amazing!

Bother Blair! - Jun 20th 2006 08:20PM

It seems all too common place now to read about floods and droughts in Asia and Africa and the latest hurricane to hit the coast of the U.S, but the flooding of Boscastle and tornadoes in Birmingham! Surely the time has come to take climate change seriously. Yet still each year UK businesses use almost three times as much water as they need, we as individuals recycle less than 20% of our household waste, and the UK will not meet its 2012 kyoto protocol targets, let alone start aiming for the more ambitious target of a 60% reduction by 2050. At times, it can feel a bit of an uphill struggle, and to be fair, juggling a full time job, dj-ing, trying to visit my beautiful 6 week old niece nearly 200 miles away as often as possible and being a “climate change ambassador” (apparently) feels just that. Particularly at the moment, we’re at the awkward first steps stage, you know, a million ideas, just waiting to kick em into action, everything feels like its taking forever, but that’s most likely because I’m so damned hard for the poor people at B&J’s and the WWF to pin down!

But amongst the chaos, the light at the end of the tunnel is that I am about this close ß----------à to letting you all in on our campaign plans and even closer to bothering you all to join the campaign and start doing your own bit! Well seeing as I’ve mentioned it, why don’t you skip along to my very own page check out the new page and make the first steps towards pledging your support! The first step is very simple, I’m sure the WWF have got a posh slogan for it, but I’ve dubbed it my “Bother Blair” campaign, its very simple, will require a full minute out of your life and simply involves putting your name to a pre-written e-mail telling Tony what needs to be done and why he should start listening! Easy as that- imagine, Tony gets 500 e-mails a day saying the same thing, he’s bound to start listening to us at some point. (hmm, or , most likely, his secretary gets 500 of these a day and refuses to fetch his lunch until he listens!!) either way would work!

So…. What are you waiting for…. Get going!!!

e-mail me!!! - May 30th 2006 10:53AM

i'm not very good at this sitting behind a computer all day with no-one to talk to-so please- e-mail me! anything you like-just craving human contact-or any sort of contact that doesn't involve error messages!!

 [email protected]


the science stuff! - May 30th 2006 10:49AM (Updated)

Laser levelling-almost as exciting as it looks! imagine- mapping the contours of a really flat place for 5 hours!

The view from near Diskobay house - May 30th 2006 10:49AM (Updated)

Diskobay house- the place we were staying in for the first week in Illulissat- funky by name funky by nature!

Ruth and Hayley never were going to make the best explorers! - May 30th 2006 10:36AM

"Ruth-wheres the departure gate?"

getting started!? - May 30th 2006 10:33AM

well i'm sorry i've not kept you informed much of whats been going on, but well its one of those everything and nothing scenarios. I've been desperately trying to scrabble all the spare time i've had to get my campaign plan in. With our plans, they are reviewd by a couple of people at B&J's and the WWF before we can get started on them-don't worry all my friends and family who are now worrying i've finally sold out to the corporate machine, they are not there to say what parts of our campaigns they don't like and how we should change them to make their companies look better- just to make sure that our aims are achievable-remember they do this campaigning stuff full time- they know what will work in the time frame we have! so anyway, i sent that off Sunday night, i'm hoping to hear back in the next couple of days and then i can get started-cause at the mo, i can't really do alot. I'm struggling to contain myself, i hate not being able to do something i've decided i want to do! I'm not very patient when i'm excited and i've been hearing from so many dedicated and inspired people through this blog that i just want to get on with it now. i've got my first public talk on Sunday!! i'm still not ready for it, but whats the worst that can happen, i pretty confident i know what i'm talking about, its just if i get nervous and my mind goes blank! (yeah now i'm starting to worry!) so if anyone has any tips on public speaking e-mail me at [email protected] also if anyone is in the local area the talks at Colchester Zoo at 1pm, Sunday 4th June its part of a whole day of events for world environment day (which i know is on the Monday, but we're celebrating it on the Sunday so the kids can join in too) it won't be one of those boring lectures where i tell you how bad we are to the planet and send you to sleep with statistics- don't worry it'll be fun with games and free icecream galore!! email me for more details.

i've also been writing an article for the zoo newsletter that goes out to all members (thousands and thousands of people) whats astonishing me is how much faith they're putting in me- i'm not a journalist (infact this blog is the most writing i've done in years!) but they've given me a 2page spread and don't even want to edit it themselves! (don't worry-lots of pictures is probably the best way around it :-) either that or i'll put in a few subliminal messages-like the supposed devil talking when you play black sabbath backwards! haha hmm-wonder how you'd go about doing that?? anyway i'd better get back to it- both the article and the presentation need to be finished by tomorrow as this is my only day off this week (its half term at the zoo and we're running a few special events which means i'm working over time (also making up for all the time they let me have off when we went to greenland!)

 have fun-keep your e-mails coming-they keep me sane!

i'll leave you with a few more photos of our Greenlandic experience


 H x

- May 18th 2006 06:12PM

i'm back, but only in body! - May 16th 2006 08:11PM (Updated)

i don't really know where to start anymore, its like one of those out of body experiences you hear about in films, or one of those dreams that seem real but theres always something odd going on which makes you realise you're actually asleep. Strange thing is, its the getting back home that seems like the odd thing in the dream. Being out there not only allowed us to experience the effects of climate change first hand. but it also allowed us to exchange ideas, think alot about our campaigns and bounce ideas off each other. a solid couple of weeks of campaign planning and then back to a normal life! The transition has been hard, and to be honest i think it will get even harder as we go full swing into our campaigns, but hard doesn't necessarily mean bad, i'm no stranger to hard work and if its at all possible i think i've come back even more dedicated! Just to show you all really, this is what the UK Climate Change College Ambassadors look like, well its at least what they look like when they're cold and trying not to laugh at Andrew messing about just behind the camera! 


theres so many strange things! - May 8th 2006 12:21AM

a few strange and funny moments of the trip:

defrosting baby wipes by sleeping on them before you can have a wash

re-digging yesterdays pits as they have once again filled in with snow

talking about the toilet like its the most normal thing in the world- even over dinner

washing your dishes in snow- the general theory being freeze the ming before you scrape it off (also works for body parts)

 classic saying of the day:

(Ben) my god! theres just so much snow!! (and he expected what??)

(Ruth) these digestive biscuits are giving me a numb arse (not something you hear every day but when you have no chairs- biscuits are better than snow!)

(Ben) oh no! my braces are caught on your tent (best not to ask)

todays been another great day- its really really warm here- only minus 2, which is horribe as the snow melts on you and you end up really really wet. i never thought i'd say this, but i wish it was colder, if it was colder i wouldn't be wet and miserable!

the coolest thing happened today, as we're out in the middle of nowhere you've got no chance of seeing any wildlife however today at least 12 birds flew over, hung around for a little while, sheltering by the tents, there were two types, one was definately a snow bunting, but the other i'll have to do some more research on and let you know.

the science - May 8th 2006 12:04AM

today we spent a very fruitful day really getting hands on with the sciency stuff, ruth and i spent the day laser levelling- basically mapping the contours of the ice cap (which trust me is very very flat) every 10cm you take a reading and we managed 30m x 12m before the weather got so bad you couldn't see the laser. its quite exciting stuff but its the coldest job as you're standing and not doing alot other than writing, which is why we were left doing it, everyone else was too cold, but we're made of stone and can withstand anything!! HAHA and if you believe that you'll believe anything! i'm going to have to go now as dinners ready- its rehydrated chicken curry tonight and you wouldn't want to miss that would you!

- May 7th 2006 11:58PM (Updated)

a very quick note from me as we're running out of battery on the generator. we're having a whale of a time, did no digging at all almost today as we had a mini blizzard, spent a bit  of time chatting with the lovely scientists out here. the mood in camp is changing, even the quieter members of the group are starting to sing and dance and talk about toileting habits along with the more casual ones :-) i'll be able to tell you a little bit more about everything wer're getting up to tomorrow, but for now i'll leave you as my fingers are freezing! the piccie is of me n jerry from ben and jerry's, i'll let you know a little bit more about him tomorrow too, but he's really lovely and everything i wanted him to be!!

love to everyone big warm hugs- its only minus 18 now!!!

the things you learn on the ice cap - May 7th 2006 11:57PM

after still not getting over the shock of becoming aunty hayley and seeing the beautiful Robyn mae for the first time via e-mail! on friday it was business as usual- well almost, the snow and the wind was so bad we couldn't do anymore digging, unusually for me this was actually quite upsetting, firstly as it meant that the pits we had dug already would undoubtedly be filled in by the time we got back to them, and secondly, the digging is what keeps you warm. so we cleaned up the kitchen tent in the morning and in the afternoon was invited over to one of the real scientists tents for afternoon tea. very civilised. the real scientists out here are from edinbourough and aberdeen universities, have been out here for 2 weeks already and are very nice, welcoming people. to say a quick hello to them, they are: Peter Nienow, Doug Mair, Julian Scott and Vicky Parry (in no order of personsal preference to avoid bickering :-) Ruth, Ben and I stopped off at the first tent we came across and it happened to be that shared by Pete and Doug. We quickly got into the "real scientist"life of eating digestive biscuits with nutella, drinking irish coffee, and talking about using the toilet. The toilet out here is one of the most disturbing and amusing things. it's ok if you're a boy, you don't have to navigate the pit/ski's/snow malarky too often (i won't go into detail-unless you email me then i will get as descriptive as you like) but the one thing you dread is the ski's giving in- and apparently it has happened on previous trips! the scientists are amazing, they managed in the space of a few brief hours to put every thing they're doing out here and the work for cryosat into neat tangible explainations and for that i am truly greatful. they've provided us with the most amazing scientific basis on which to take our campaigns forward.

By friday night, snow mentalism had finally set in, we knew it was coming, but after half an hour of doing baywatch and dolly parton impressions, i felt it was time for a early night.

Baby!!!!!!!! - May 5th 2006 12:48AM

Well today has been a strange old day really. I’m in Greenland. Not only that but I’ve survived my first night in the middle of nowhere, on the ice cap at a camp called T05. its about minus 20 ish now, but that’s not been on my mind at all today. I’ve managed to spend an entire day helping to dig a massive snow pit ( It’s around 20m long and in places up to 2m deep) without knowing, I’ve taken in so much more information from the amazing scientists up here. But all I’ve been able to think about is the news I received this morning from my sister. Anybody keeping up to date with my blog will realise that she’s pregnant, was due on the 21st April, so 2 days before my birthday and 6 days before I left for Greenland, it killed me having to leave her at such an important time in all our lives. But this morning, Marc called me into his tent where all of the comms equip is. ( it’s a bit like being called into the head masters office, but its cold and it smells like feet J ) he broke the news, that she’d given birth to a little girl at about half ten that morning, 7lb’s 3oz almost and both were perfectly healthy. Marc being Marc had a camera shoved in my face the whole time, so you can see my reaction on the video streaming part of this site! And for the first time this was the actual live reaction and not Marc saying can you repeat that, I just want to zoom in on you crying like a girl! So I’m sorry anyone wants to know what its like out here, cause I can’t think of anything other than becoming aunty Hayley to my beautiful Robin Mae. So if you want to know more about the freezing conditions, the big hole in the ground we had to dig for a toilet and the exciting scientific data already being collected you’d better read somebody else’s blog!!

I've arrived! - May 1st 2006 07:46PM

On the 27th April 2006. I embarked on one of the most exciting, exhilarating and terrifying adventures I’m probably ever likely to go on. If you are reading this, then you are hopefully someone interested in climate change, a member of my family, a colleague or a friend. Independent of your motives, I hope that you will read my account of the past few days, keep an open mind and happy heart. I think this type of adventure needs the determination of a sled pulling husky and the ability to laugh like a hyena!

Ill start for want of a better place at the beginning.

05.15am my bus journey from Leicester to Heathrow was frought with difficulties, emotionally I was leaving my boyfriend of many years who had just a week before been in a car crash, my only sister who was almost a week late with her pregnancy, and my beautiful friends and family who are my security blanket. Mentally, I felt so unprepared, as with most aspects of life, theres always the feeling that you could’ve done more, and physically, well lets not even mention it! The flight was a continuation of the amazing barrage of information we’ve had the privilege to receive over the last few months.
I get the feeling they want to ease us gently into the experience as our overnight stopover in Copenhagen was in a lovely hotel, and until we leave for TO5 <the scientific name for our campsite in the middle of Greenland> we are stopping in a basic, but beautiful hostel <yes we still have hot and cold running water and a proper toilet!

Experiences - May 1st 2006 07:44PM

12.15am <uk time>  09.15 Greenland time
Our flight to Greenland.
We spot our first Greenlandic sea ice! Over to my left, the most amazing sight I have witnessed in longer than I care to remember, and slowly but surely, the ice turns to land and the land to mountains with snow as far as the eye can see.  Myself, Froukje <dutch ambassador>, Phillip <Adventurer> and Ben <UK Ambassador> are sat in the middle of the plane, but after 10 minutes the peoples whose laps we are almost sitting on to peer out of the window seem uncomfortable with the situation, but make polite conversation anyway. One man is going home, another prospecting for gold! Neither is in awe of the landscape as us. But slowly and surely the revolution began. Once we had openly voiced our excitement, more and more people stood up, more and more chatter about the amazing views. It made me realise, maybe this is the problem with civilised society, somebody always needs to be the first to stand up, the first person to scream out loud I can’t keep this to myself!! Well it’s a good job I’m not civilised!! After a further 10 mins we all have to sit back down again. Were only 15 mins away from kangerlussuaq and already suffering snow blindness! It’s a weird thing, a bit like when someone takes a flash photo of you in a darkened room, everywhere you look there’s a spot of light in the middle. Phillip assures us this will go and we settle down to watch the planes welcome to Greenland Video.
The flight to Illulissat was slightly delayed, but well worth the wait. Some of you might remember many years ago on some flights you were allowed to go and have a look in the cockpit, well that’s exactly what happened, approximately 30 people on the plane and we were all able to go and see it! I was so excited, and of course the first one up there!! I had my photo taken with the pilot and was instantly transformed into a 7 year old!! I didn’t thing the flight could get any cooler, now the pilot had mentioned we might be able to see Musk Oxon, then it happened a message over the tannoy that if we looked left in 1 min we could see a herd of half a dozen below us! I was made up! Then it got better, the next announcement was just to let us know that we were circling round and going lower to get a better look at them!! Can you believe it! A passenger airline, a commercial flight doing a Uturn so that we could get a better look at the wildlife!! I knew from that moment I was going to love this place!
Once we had arrived in Ilulissat it took only a short while to unload all 33 bags and30 pieces of handluggage and get them into our two vans. So far I had felt like a bit of a tourist, but tonight the ambassador in me must take over. We were having dinner with the President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), Greenland - Aqqaluk Lynge, imagine on our first night, jetlagged and bewildered we are meeting the most important man in the country! We spent hours quizzing him over dinner and in a more formal meeting room for the cameras on the history of the Innuits, the changes in climate he and his family have witnessed, and just how  everyday life of a Greenlander has changed in such a short space of time. I have a million and one notes on this utterly enthralling and inspiring man <anyone who can keep me interested after 22 hours travelling has to be admired!!> and I will update the blog soon with a full account of what he said, but time is running short and there is much more that I am hoping to briefly touch on now and elaborate on when we get more time. The most interesting things I drew from him though, were that the changes in the seas are already causing the fisherman major problems. Some species migrate along a different path now, others can no longer be found around Greenland, and for the hunters, the major reduction in sea ice severely limits their hunting grounds. Further changes can decimate whole towns entirely, its shocking that by not switching to a greener way of life, that we are causing it.

Michael Kleist - May 1st 2006 07:42PM

We were met by our guide Michael Kleist, who automatically impressed me by laughing at my snow shovelling efforts. Tomorrow, we need to lay out all of our gear to check that everything is ok. We have a balcony which would be perfect for this except for the fact that it is 4ft deep in snow! Whilst a few of us went food shopping, those of us remaining practised for the coming week on the snowcap! As Michael arrived I managed to pick up a huge great shovel of snow and attempted to toss it over my shoulder in one of those I do this all the time moments. Except the conditions out here are so cold that the snow stuck to the shovel and I managed to smack my own backside with a shovel full of snow!
Now our guide, as with all of the inuits both native and imported as he calls it are master story tellers. The written word only arrived in Greenland with the Danes and so much of their history is passed down through the generations. The history of the country and the people is fascinating and as with most colonies incredibly sad at times. We went for a walk around the town, went to the local church < Christianity arrived with the Danish and is now a full part of the local culture> we visited the museum, saw a traditional old style house and finally the most important part of the day both personally and relating this back to the climate change college. Was the short drive to the outskirts of Illulissat and a hike through a mountainous region use occasionally for sking before ultimately reaching our goal and setting our sights for the first time in the illulisat fjord. Basically the fjord is an area of open water that the illulissat glacier feeds into. This is the largest glacier in the northern hemisphere and incredibly important. The glacier is retreating at an alarming rate, it has sped up to almost twice the speed in ten years causing the icebergs to break off into smaller pieces sooner. This increases the rate at which they can thaw and melt. Now, the icebergs are half the size that they were ten years ago. I think it was put best when Tonja from the WWF explained that the ice caps are like the Earths in built cooling system, the icecaps reflect the suns rays, stopping the excess heating of the planet. Currently we are melting them at an alarming rate, the biggest problem is that the more they melt the quicker the cycle works. The ice caps melt, allowing the Earth to heat up which causes the ice caps to melt! Only quick actions can halt this cycle, and that’s why I’m here, to learn how we can all change our ways. After all being green is more economically viable, better for the individual and the planet.

An anniversary and a lesson - Apr 26th 2006 09:58PM

The eve of one of the most exciting times of my life is tarred by awful memories and a feeling that we have learned nothing. For anyone unaware, today marks the 20th Anniversary of the Cherobyl disaster. Chernobyl is, by a considerable margin, the world’s worst industrial catastrophe. Many people lost their lives needlessly on that day, and their children continue to do so. If you are still unconvinced of the appalling efficency and  economical instability of nuclear power, the suffering of thousands of people must remind you that we as a nation MUST NOT return to a nuclear life.

A UN World Health Organization (WHO) report issued last week said 5,000 people who were children and adolescents at the time of the accident had so far been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and there might be up to 9,000 excess cancer deaths due to radiation contamination.

I had just turned 5, this disaster could have easily have been in Britain- we have ageing reactors that pose a threat. This could have been me-it could have been you. if no other lessons are learnt, don't let the deaths continue-wind and solar power will never do this.

My trip pails into insignificance incomparison. There is, i guarantee you, someone of my age dying of cancer as we speak due to this disaster. The importance of my campaign is only magnified in my eyes due to this. Opinions need to change, please help me change them.

 I guess the next update you'll recieve from me will be from Greenland, in the meantime keep your "coolest things about my town" comments coming in- i'm getting some wicked ones- keep on e-mailing me, and check back regularly for lots and lots of updates over the next couple of weeks!

love  H x

It's done! (i hope) - Apr 13th 2006 06:08PM (Updated)

thats right you heard it here first! We have all  handed in our first draft of our campaign plans-and as long as the lovely people at B&J's and WWF don't think we're stupid/rubbish/incoherant or completely mental, we should be well on our way to a successful campaign.

 to everybody reading these updates, i'm issueing you a challenge- i want you all to e-mail me with one thing that you've seen/experienced recently in your local area that's made you realise how cool the place you live in is.

I'll start us off-

yesterday in a Chinese takeaway (yes the new fitness regime is going well!!- i ran there- i promise ! :-) i looked down at the floor and saw a stag beetle. Now i'm usually not one for bugs- but bugs with huge great grabby things at the front! It was the coolest thing i'd seen all week. Ofcourse i rescued it, and it is now living happily in a bush opposite the chinese-well i couldn't go far- my chow mein was almost ready!

So if you think you're sighting/experience is better than my Stag beetle- let me know- i'll print the best answers so that we can all marvel at the wonder that is the UK!

simple! - Apr 11th 2006 03:35PM

this is probably the simplest explaination of a potentially complicated subject i've seen in a long while, so i thought i'd share it. See it is really is that simple to understand climate change

Shakespeare on polar exploration - Apr 11th 2006 01:21PM

sorry crap joke- guess i won't be laughing when i'm the one in the damn thing!

we've just got all the details of the whole trip, so will update soon with everything we're up to whilst we're away


H x

Babies and polar bears and hurricanes-whats the link? - Apr 9th 2006 09:16PM (Updated)

 just a little note from me. As you can imgine we're all desperately busy trying to get our campaign plans together, we've only got days to go and its all getting sooo close! Not only have we got campaign plans to organise, i think we're going to be doing some more press bits, the fitness thing (which as always will definately start tomorrow! :-) but its Easter at the zoo i work at which means i'm very busy for the next week. But most importantly (for me anyway) My only sister is due to give birth to my first niece/ nephew on the 21st April, so i'm on full alert for a quick 150 mile trip at a seconds notice! So obviously a bit of a stressful time, i'm just hoping that she's given birth before we go to Greenland on the 27th April, if not i've told her she's going to have to keep her legs crossed until i get back! But all this baby stuff kinda puts everything into perspective. You see before i started all of this, my main reason for wanting to make a difference was quite selfish really, i wanted to ensure that i had a future, that i could see all of the beautiful places around the world that i've never seen, and that i could help save at least some of the millions of species we needlessly and regardlessly help to destroy. (Phew, a quick note has turned into a full on ethical rant-i'm sorry!) It's just that its so scary to think that my niece/nephew is going to be growing up in a world more unstable than ours- more natural disasters, more poverty and starvation. I guess when its happening to one of your own, it brings it home quicker- we are a nation of people that ignore things unless its on our door step, but this is on my door step, this is happening to my friends and family, and yours too. Thats why we have to do something quickly, we don't have anymore time for talking. We need actions, positive actions. So i guess the link between babies, polar bears and hurricanes i've realised is me. I can make a difference, but most importantly- i have to. If you want to make a difference- contact me at [email protected]

What a weekend - Mar 31st 2006 09:07PM

getting back to normality is so difficult after a weekend like that! It's Friday and i'm still trying to make sense of it all. If you've looked at the details of the college, you can see the itinerary, it was intense, i've not sat in lectures for almost 2 years now and i was a bit apprehensive. I've never been very good at just sitting (unless in the pub counts?!) So it was a credit to all of the lecturers that not only did they capture my attention, but they ignited my enthusiasm (all of ours really) so much that we just wouldn't shut up about it, the first thing we spoke about at breakfast, and the last thing we talked about before bed was the campaign, the college and the speakers. To be honest, as crazy as it sounds, the trip to Greenland was pushed to the back of our minds, every part of me is now so focused on the campaign that its not until someone at work mentions "the arctic trip" thats it all fits in together. I think its probably because campaigning for a cause like climate change is more real to me than going to one of the remotest places on Earth. I've said it before and ill say it again-I can't believe i've been chosen, i don't know why i've been chosen,  i've spoken to a few of the other people who got down to the final 50, and each and everyone of them is amazing and committed, which leaves me with even less of an idea about, why me? But then again, i don't want to say it too often- just incase they realise they got it wrong! :-)  One of the main things i've come to realise over this past week is that my campaign isn't going to change anything without a lot of support, so if you're reading this and you have a burning desire to get inolved, no matter how small a contribution you think you can make, it WILL all make a difference, so please get in touch: [email protected]

i'll be updating my blog very soon with details of my campaign and the british campaign as a whole , so check back real soon, and thanks already for your support X

A bit about me - Mar 9th 2006 01:22AM

Are you 18-25 and ready to help lick global warming? Never before have I underestimated the use of a word like I feel I have done now. But now I’m sitting here wondering if I am truly "ready" for the challenges that face me. To be fair its all been a bit mad, the last few months have been a blur-but a different blur to the one you have in university! If you know what I mean. I'll start from the beginning and see if I can make sense of it all.

I’m 24, originally from Leicester in the Midlands, I moved to Ipswich in Suffolk to do a degree in Applied Biology with Animal Science and Conservation when I was 19- it took me 3 years and I still didn’t finish the damn thing! A few sad things happened during that time and life took priority for me over learning. I now live In Colchester, Essex and am a zoo keeper, have been for a year and a half now and I love it, I work with Birds Of Prey, it’s a really great job-as long as you don’t mind the dirtier side of life and aren’t squeamish! Colchester Zoo is a fantastic place to work, and I can’t thank them enough for supporting me in this venture 100%

At some point after the summer I think it was, I was watching a really dodgy horror film (another passion) at the cinema, the starting trailers had this one advert for the climate change college, my boyfriend and I agreed it was a fantastic opportunity, he was adamant that I was perfect for the job, I am somewhat more pessimistic, taking the viewpoint that out of all the thousands of people in the UK, why would they chose me? And indeed, why did they chose me-I still have no idea, there were six UK finalist and each one of them was passionate, committed, funny, friendly and a pleasure to spend time with. So why me? My family are still convinced I bullied the judges into it- I can be somewhat of a strong character you see- For example, I have a real problem with litter- I was litter monitor at school and I don’t think I’ve ever grown out of it! I quite often pick up litter that people have just dropped, hand it back to them and say politely " Excuse me, I think you dropped this" it always works-they never know what to say! Ha Ha! So maybe that’s it-sheer bloody-mindedness! Ones things for sure-I’ll never take no for an answer!

That was it- I am committed-to changing the planet, changing our actions. I take a slightly different view than most though. I’m an animal lover; it destroys me to think of all of the species we are killing through reckless abandonment and without forethought for the future. So that’s why I have to act, climate change is the surest way that we will destroy our planet and all its inhabitants.

So, deciding I had nothing to lose, I filled out the application form, anybody thinking of applying-this is the only easy part of the whole process! It was a short form about me, my hobbies etc. Naturally, I forgot all about it, as I already knew I wouldn’t get through. When I received word that I was through to the final 50 I was pleased I’d gotten so far, but again, knew I wouldn’t get any further. We had an assignment to complete in a week, with a deliberately vague brief and I found it very difficult, that week was also one of the busiest weeks at the zoo- it was half term and I had to complete the assignment late at night and on lunch breaks. I don’t know why I tried so hard, I knew I wasn’t getting through, but again, I’m quite pig-headed and when I start something, I finish it to the best of my abilities-independent of the outcome. So that got sent off and I spent the next week annoying my friends and particularly colleagues about the possibility of getting through. I remember the day I found out I’d gotten through, I was at work and I found a message on my phone from phillippa asking me to call her back as she had a few more questions for me! The nightmare situation-I spent ten minutes analysing what she’d said and decided it meant that I’d gotten down to the final ten or something and they couldn’t decide who to choose, so needed to quiz us some more! Reluctantly I called her back-putting on my best telephone voice-one I’m pleased to say I have abandoned now! Answerphone!!! Dammit-the torture continues! I hung up-whined to my boss about her not answering her phone, he convinced me to call her back and to at least leave an answerphone message so that she knew I’d called-so I got my script ready in my head of what I was going to say, re-practised the telephone voice and called back. To my surprise, she answered-I wasn’t prepared for that! She told me pretty much straight away that I’d gotten through, I have no idea what I said- I’m sure I squealed and thanked her a million times-I hope I didn’t swear, but I can’t guarantee it.

From that, we were off to the Netherlands- you can see from the photo’s we had fun/froze and ate like paupers! Ha Ha! But it was fantastic. After meeting the other candidates I was certain they couldn’t possibly pick me-they were all so great-and I’m just so…average! Nothing like this happens to people like me…does it? But it did, and I’m here- just over a month away from going to the arctic, studying like mad, trying to get fit for wrestling polar bears-or whatever other mad stuff they’ve got planned for us.

Phew- all that typing-I never thought I had it in me! If any of you are left still reading this, well then thank-you for persevering, and i'm afraid there will be more to come.

I guess this is the beginning, the beginning of my campaign. The Arctic really is just the tip of the iceberg for me (HAHA! Sorry I don’t know where that came from- maybe my true calling in life is a tabloid journalist!

Anybody wanting to contact me further, feel free to email me- [email protected]

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