Our second speaker at the Nansen Center started off her talk with a personal story. She is German and her father was part of the Hitler regime.
The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue has worked with people from various religions denominations in Norway and people from war torn regions of the world.
Our last day in Norway was spent at the Nansenskolen (Nansen Folk School) where we learned about the immigration debates taking place in Norway, philosophy of Folk Schools, a little bit about Norwegian history and the life of Fridtjog Nansen.
Today we took a trip up the mountain, strapped on skis and joined the many Norwegians who were out and about enjoying the beauty of the day.
Though he assured us he is not an expert in sustainability, Per Bjorn Brandsaeter was able able to share with us a few of the things his family does to lessen their impact on the Earth.
This morning we had the privilege of having a history professor teach us about Germany’s occupation of Norway.
Norwegians don’t really eat lefse and lutefisk (?!?)
Our first day in Lillehammer included a trip to a hydroelectric plant and an energy center where children learn about energy and climate.
The Bellona Foundation is an environmental NGO that was founded in 1986 as a direct action protest group. The Foundation has since grown and is now an advisor on climate and energy policies and has offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Oslo, St. Petersburg and Murmansk.
This morning we met with church leaders from the Church of Norway to discuss the church’s role in addressing climate change.
Today we visited with two dynamic leaders of an organization called “Nature and Youth,” Norway’s powerful environmental organization for young people.
Today we paid a visit to Statoil, a Norwegian oil company that is 67% government owned, present in 34 countries and an employer to 20,000 people. This company extracts 1.96 million barrels of oil per day, which makes it the 3rd largest exporter of oil in the world. We visited the company to learn more about the oil industry and to hear about new innovations in the renewable sector.
Every year we lose a chunk of rainforest the size of England and it’s our responsibility as citizens of the world to do something about this problem.
In 2009 Norway opened the first Hydrogen Highway and Bjorn talked to us a little bit about the development of the technology and the future of the project.
Oslo has a lighting system that aims to make people as happy as possible, safe as possible and use the least amount of energy as possible.
Today we paid a visit to the University of Oslo, where we learned about hydroelectricity in Norway.
After a three hour flight delay we finally arrived in snow-covered Oslo. It's beautiful! We can't wait to explore Norway.
Hjortshoj Eco Village is made up of 110 houses that contain 250 people (150 adults/100 children) that are committed to living together in community while working towards a more sustainable existence.
When we got off the bus at Jorgen Tranberg’s farm we felt as if we’d left Samso and gone back to Iowa.
During our time in Samso Island we had the opportunity to visit two of the island’s district heating plants.
After our meetings at the Eneriakademi we hopped on our bus and went to Erik Anderson’s farm.
Unbeknownst to us, the US military is going green and we found out from Soren Hermansen on Samso Island.
Samso Island is located in Denmark and has the unofficial title of “Energy Island” for the innovations it has made in the area of energy and community. We spent two days on Samso learning about the islands initiatives and figuring out how we could apply what we learned to our situation back home.
This morning we left Husum and took many windy roads through the countryside, passing sheep and farm fields, until we reached the seaside town of Dagebull
We spent the day exploring light with seven and eight year old children at an environmental education center near Husum.
A visit to the wind capital of the world and a tour of a wind turbine production plant.
Buses and trains took us from the nuclear power plant outside of Hamburg to our hostel in Husum, where Hans Fedderson and Wolfgang Paulsen greeted us for a lively discussion about wind energy.