Posts by Kalinda Palmer


I can’t express how much I value the environment and the land we live on. Studying VCE Environmental Science in 2014 has educated me on the issues relating to global warming and climate change. I am now studying VCE Environmental science, Biology, Chemistry and Agriculture and have my final year exams in November. My studies highlighted the fragility of the polar ice caps and the environmental consequences of habitat loss. Comprehending how quickly the world is changing I believe that action needs to take place as expeditiously as possible. I feel a strong sense of responsibility to help protect the world we walk, swim and crawl on.

Indigenous sustainability – What can the Indigenous of the Arctic and Australia teach the modern world?

(Uummannaq, North Greenland, Arctic Circle. Photographer: David H Ottosen) Here I am, Kalinda Palmer, possibly the first Australian Aboriginal to reflect in North Greenland, where the peaceful and inevitable landscape encourages one to do so. For the last four months I have watched and felt the Arctic landscape change and transform. Everyday…

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The Race to Uummannaq, North Greenland

Youth4Arctic has returned to Greenland, although this time I ́m traveling without the rest of the team across vast ice sheets, to a remote location in the north called Uummannaq. Previously being in South Greenland I found myself observing the cultural importance of the natural environment in which is becoming increasingly vulnerable. I…

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Home away from home

Coming to Greenland has been insightful and very enriching. We’ve been introduced to a whole new perspective of this vast and remote country. Before it seemed so far away, it was something out of a biology or history book. The ice, When landing in Narsarsuaq we were introduced to a landscape of mountains covered with bushes and trees. Sailing…

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Capturing Greenland

The river, Kuuk, divides two parts of the village in Qassiarsuk. Before it meets the fjord, it intertwines through the farm land, providing the locals with water and food. On the river, I was guided by a local inuit as he taught me how to capture the trout in a traditional way. Although fishing is familiar to me, the experience of catching the…

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Agricultural hazard in Greenland

Sheep farming is the main occupation in the little town of Qarssiasuk. Although in recent years, climate change has causes several problems to the farmers. Droughts are getting more common than ever and it’s been causing a surplus in the quantity of grass for the sheeps to feed on. This results in the farmers having to kill their sheeps and a…

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Ice is white – no? The Black Ice Story

We are here with Prof Jason Box who has been monitoring changes on the Greenland icesheet to try and tell people what’s happening in this remote but important location. Yesterday we took a helicopter ride to Kiagtût Sermiat Glacier which was really cool where Jason Box is recording how fast this glacier is melting. I noticed all this black…

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Do not let this culture melt

Even in the coldest, most isolated places a rich culture can be found. The Greenlandic Inuits have lived on the ice for over 45,000 years. During our travels we were gifted an insight into this ancient yet adapted life style of residents in Nuuk. Young children played soccer in the playgrounds as old man watch over their streets and oceans. The…

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