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Nani

We like to inform all our friends that on the 6th of February our dear “Nani”, great-grandmother and oldest member, Berty, died with 96 just 10 days after our youngest member, 5-month-old Vital got baptized on the Mount Pizol. Watching the deep non-verbal connection and relationship between the oldest – and the youngest family member some weeks ago, I got a glance of the essence of life.

You may know her through our stories? She was an extraordinarily strong woman, a loving person with a great humor, a very good cook, a nature lover and an inspiration for all of us. We thank Nani, especially for her daily prayers. She was following us in her thoughts, where ever we went.

Tonight we heard that she passed away. We are thankful for every single moment with her, but it hurts to be far away in Iceland. I went for a walk and was amazed by the “Northern Lights” as her last farewell and the welcome to her new life. – She promised me to keep being an angel for all of us, – also in Heaven.

Thank you, Nani, for passing us your unbroken trust in God!

Nani, we miss you so much…

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Gommiswald students as examples for our world leaders!

Today Friday the 26th of January we did a TOPtoTOP presentation and clean-up action in the Primary School of Gommiswald and Bad Ragaz (pics later). Students mainly cycle and walk to school!

Suddenly loud aircraft noise destroys the silence. Seven helicopters in the sky for one person, Donald Trump. Our world leaders in Davos pollute our healthy mountain air with their helicopters and innumerable limousines!

They talk about climate change and the environment. WEF, please try to do it climate-friendly next time. Why not a WEF only on foot and public transport? That is feasible in Davos.

This would be a sign for the world and the world leaders would know first hand that it is possible, healthier and fun.

Merry Xmas

We wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!

Here a “THANK YOU” from all of us from Akureyri, the capital of Northern Lights with 3 hours of daylight left:

Download our annual report 2017.

Please support our efforts to save Pachamama and to continue to EXPLORE – INSPIRE -ACT in 2018.

News:

We couldn’t find a place to stay in Akureyri for the next month. Our great-grandmother is very weak. Icelandair supports us to see her. That gives us the opportunity to have a meeting with the insurance and to issue a proper passport for Vital. In January we continue with the repairs, – join us! More pictures here!

We agreed to partner with a climate research program next summer in East Greenland:

The TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition and Northeast Greenland Caves Project have teamed up for an adventure-based climate research expedition to EAst GREenland.

In the summer of 2018, four scientists and explorers will sail to the Wegener Halvø peninsula of EAst GREenland. Their aim is to explore the region for its caves, map and document their findings, and collect geological samples for climate-change research. By sailing, EAGRE 18 is able to reduce its carbon footprint and undertake an old-style exploratory adventure.

Why is this important?

The Arctic region is changing rapidly, the consequences of which will be felt worldwide. Importantly, we need to know how it will continue to change in the future and one way to achieve this is to learn from periods of past climate change. Greenland has many excellent climate records that have been drilled from the ice sheet, but unfortunately, records from the coast are extremely sparse.

Our mission and goals

Our mission is to address this knowledge gap by constructing records of climate and environmental change from sediments in caves on the Wegener Halvø peninsula, 71.65156, -22.73001.

Our goals are ambitious: (1) Search the peninsula for caves, and explore, map, document and photograph them where they are found. (2) Collect sediment samples from the caves. (3) Construct records of climate and environmental change. (4) Interpret the records for climate information. (5) Engage the public throughout the project on issues of climate change, science, exploration, and adventure. (6) Engage Inuit communities in outdoor activities.

How will we achieve this?

In the summer of 2018, we will sail from Iceland to Greenland in Pachamama, a journey that will take up to one week, dependent on weather and sea ice conditions. Two weeks will be spent searching the peninsula for caves. We already know where some may exist, but others are yet to be discovered. The caves, which have never been documented as being entered before, will be explored for the first time, mapped, photographed, and sampled for climate research. Following the research-based part of the expedition, we will engage with Inuit communities along the east coast to bring them valuable outdoor skills such as rock climbing. The samples will be analyzed at the University of Innsbruck by bachelor and master students over the following year. Download the Scientific Abstract EAGRE 18.

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Looking for a home

Download our annual report 2017. Hanna Law in Australia is editing it every year since 2008. Thank you very much again, Hanna!IMG_2162

Since the disaster we were busy to safe all our belongings into this container. We also did a “work plan” and a listing of all the damages and the broken equipment to get some order and planning into the chaos. Next week we start to take out the timber inside the boat.

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Here the house where we got temporarily shelter. Unfortunately, we could not find a place to stay for the future. Building an Igloo is no option, because of extreme temperature changes. We hope to find accommodation in Akureyri ASAP to be able to repair our boat and home.

There is so much to do; sorry not having time for not responding to the many people contacting us. But we like to send a big THANK YOU to all supporters:

The kids together with Mirjam and Sabine painted wonderful “thank-you-cards”. Unfortunately, we don’t have the address information of the donors. If you did a donation to our “donorbox in Geman” or our “donorbox in English“, please send us your address so that we can send the art to you.IMG_2184IMG_5305

More pictures here!

TOPtoTOP soll weitergehen!
Spende in CHF

(oder auf Bank Konto)

Help TOPtoTOP to continue!
Donate in USD

(or to bank account)

Vielen vielen Dank! – Thank you so much!

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