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Making Change – A Wintery News Update

Amazing Adventure Ahead

Winter camping at Breiðármerkurlón Glacier Lagoon in Southeast Iceland. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) dancing above in the moonlit sky.

Winter camping at Breiðármerkurlón Glacier Lagoon in Southeast Iceland. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) dancing above in the moonlit sky.

You won’t hear from me for a little while because I’m leaving for Iceland this Sunday. The land of ice. I’m going. I will be in Iceland come Monday morning. I was hoping repetition would make my chest stop swelling with excitement. It didn’t.

 

I little screaming in in order.

Ah, that’s better.

There’s been a natural phenomenon recurring in conversations throughout my life, something that seemed too magical to be real. The Northern Lights. So I took a gap year, (I saved up the money,) and I thought of no better time to make this long-awaited dream happen. That’s how it started, just a pleasure trip.

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Left to right: Elke Arnesen, Savannah Benhard, Piper Christian, and Darren Bingham

Left to right: Elke Arnesen, Savannah Benhard, Piper Christian, and Darren Bingham

Then I got a friend involved. Or rather, I called her out of the blue after having met her once in DC through Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Her name is Savannah Benhard and we are soul sisters. So even though we met in person only once before, we will be spending three weeks together in the Icelandic winter. Added bonus: we are both climate action maniacs.

And then I had an idea, an idea I quickly shared with Sav and which spiraled into reality. The national millennial carbon pricing campaign we are both part of – Put A Price On It – is effective at organizing current volunteers but doesn’t have the best method of social media outreach. In other words, we need a stronger YouTube channel. Before we knew it, we were developing a five-video plan and getting approval from the PAPOI staff and becoming the heads of the channel. Now Iceland is much more than a pleasure trip; it’s a filming trip. We are #OnIt.

Stay tuned for Iceland updates and please wish us good luck as we winter camp. 🙂

Have a great three weeks and don’t be trashy.

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Elke Arnesen

Author: Elke Arnesen

Elke Arnesen is an 18-year-old gap year student interning with Peterson Toscano. She's planning on studying environmental policy in college next year but for now is gaining support for carbon pricing in her free time.

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    Charles on January 6, 2017 at 1:06 am Reply

    Elke,
    I have watched how a series of storms have hit Iceland this winter (so called) and thinking that perhaps the people their would take notice of climate change. Hope you had a wonderful trip.
    Thanks for caring for the Earth. You do it for me and my family. Wish we had many more like minded young people making a difference.

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