Last summer (2015) I sailed to Svalbard on Northabout. On the way into Ny-Ålesund, one of my favourite places in the world, we noticed that there were a lot more icebergs than the week before, probably because of the glaciers in the valley calving. We had seen a comparison of how large the glaciers were in 1922 and in 2002 and the difference is really worrying. The glaciers have receded by over a hundred meters in under a hundred years. I don’t like that. Ny-Ålesund is beautiful and the changes here really highlight the effects of climate change. Having seen those effects I want to tell people of my age about them to get more of us involved in fighting climate change.

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