Siana Whatarau and Winton Herman spend the day in Tromso, Norway. They had a presentation from the Arctic Economic Council and Professor Dan Vermeer from Duke University on how to make blue economy green. 23060233
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The Kōrero o te 'Ōrau's 'Ātui'anga ki te Tango students Siana Whatarau and Winton Herman have arrived in Tromso, Norway for their Arctic journey.
representing Cook Islands on an Arctic expedition among 11 other youths are now
youth ambassadors for the Blue Planet Alliance. Their goal is to get island
countries to transition to renewable energy.
said they had a presentation from the Arctic Economic Council and Professor Dan
Vermeer from Duke University on how to make the blue economy green.
said: “So far we have been to London and Tilbury in the United Kingdom and
Andalsnes and Tromso in Norway.”
they went on a small speed boat to a Norwegian island called Gasvaer where they
learnt about kelp.
went to a protected bird sanctuary by boat and saw lots of birds, including
the first time they saw puffins – a group of marine birds distinguished by
black, dark grey, or black and white, plumage and a vibrantly coloured beak.
said: “We went by boat to another island, quite far apart, that is a bird
sanctuary. We couldn’t land on it but we didn’t need to. It was a huge rocky
island with steep cliffs and there were tonnes of birds. I saw puffins for the
first time ever. There were so many. And there were huge white tipped eagles
and other birds too.”
Siana Whatarau and Winton Herman are now youth ambassadors for the Blue Planet Alliance. Their goal is to get island countries to transition to renewable energy. SUPPLIED/23060232
Gasvaer they were taught about coastal plants as a food source for Norwegians.
it was interesting because Norway was a harsh place to live in.
summer the sun is always up, 24/7 for three months. And in winter, the sun is
not seen for three months, it’s dark all the time.
means a lot of common ingredients have to be substituted for other plants that
grow in these conditions. It was an interesting session.
did water testing on this island, as we have in all the ports we’ve been to.”