Posts by Nesha Ichida

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Hello everyone, my name is Nesha and I'm from Jakarta, Indonesia. I am currently studying full time for my BSc in Natural Science degree from the Open University UK. Basically my university is wherever there's internet since it's a distant learning. So I rarely find myself in my city as I'm constantly traveling, mainly around Indonesia, for internships and volunteering jobs to get real work experience. I've been passionate about marine biology since the first time I went diving in one of Indonesia's crystal clear blue seas. My care for the planet basically follows after I saw how much destruction and bleaching has happened to the coral reefs of Indonesia, which is happened to be the centre of marine biodiversity. From watching hundreds of nature documentaries on National Geographic and others, my awareness grew. I've been doing several campaigns of anything I could find in my country or through the web related about climate change, marine protection, sustainability and animal rights. I'm not a direct campaigner as what you see in the cities with banners talking to the people, I'm the one you would find in the field monitoring for coral reef's health or volunteering at a rescue and wildlife center, and raising awareness through social media platforms from the field.

#ExxonKnew

Yesterday, we attended a very interesting gathering of people from around the world. A mock trial of Exxon vs The people were being held at a warehouse outside Paris. Apparently, having the knowledge of climate change since the 70s and all its effects, Exxon still chose profit over people and went ahead with their operation to extract oil from…

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Finally at COP21

It is absolutely fantastic to be here. I’m still very stunted to see the whole event and everything that are going on at the same time. I wish I could clone myself so I can watch every parallel events that are happening at the venue. To be able to speak and interview world leaders and world experts coming from so many different countries is…

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Youth4Planet at the Responsible Business Forum

On the 4th of November, Kevin and I were invited to represent the Youth4Planet team at the Responsible Business Forum for Sustainable Development. As a science student, I personally never thought to attend, let alone speak, at a business forum. So you can well imagine how honoured I felt to be given the chance to share my opinion on sustainability…

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Green exploration in the Arctic

We were lucky enough to be given the chance to stay at a hostel which is own by the world renown polar explorer, Ramon Hernando. Travellers from 10 different countries shared the place. Ramon is known for exploring the Arctic and the Antarctic by using a wind powered sled, which he designed himself. He designed his first wind-sled in the early…

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Nature knows no borders

When you think about trees, the high arctic isn’t the first image that will pop into your head, let alone tree planting. You might be surprise to hear that some parts of Greenland do have trees. Although they are usually very small and don’t grow very tall due to the harsh climatic condition. In recent years, Greenland’s ice sheet has been…

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The melting of the glacier

We took a helicopter ride to Kiagtût Sermiat Glacier with world renowned Glaciologist, Prof. Jason Box. It was an amazing experience as it was the first time we all get to go on a helicopter ride. especially to get a view of the glacier from above with our own eyes.   Helicopter view of the glacier   When we landed, the…

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From Nuuk to Nuuk

I’ve had the most interesting flight journey of my life today . We rushed to the airport for our 9 am fight to Nasarssuaq. The plane was so small that we had to be weighed along with our baggages. Entering the flight we noticed why so,it was completely packed. The journey was planned to take around 45 mins for a stopover before Narsassuaq. But…

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Icebergs up ahead!

Finally arriving at Nasarssuaq, we noticed how the bay is completely packed with icebergs from the fjords. The locals mentioned that they never had so many icebergs during this time of year in the last few decades. As we were crossing the bay to reach our hostel, the Lief Kensington hostel, we passed a few giant icebergs along the way. The…

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