Ľubka Trnková, a Slovak national living in the UK, won a competition to join the crew of the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise ship for its July/August cruise through the Arctic, organised by the British office of environmental organisation. Trnková collected the most signatures as part of a campaign to save the Arctic.
The trip beyond the Polar circle was one of the most memorable experiences in her life. “Midnight sunsets, the unbelievable silence, and the infinite space were captivating,” she told the TASR newswire. “The combination of beautiful nature and the Greenpeace activists, the volunteers who are connected through their souls to save vulnerable nature and life beings, is incredible. They devoted their lives, their work, to make the life on Earth better and cleaner from an ecological point of view,” she said. She kept a blog of the trip.
Last year, the lowest level of ice was measured in the Arctic region since the measuring of such levels began. The petition that started the campaign is aimed at collecting signatures of those calling for the halt of industrial activity in the Arctic, like oil exploitation and industrial fishing. Thanks to Trnková, 1,500 signatures were collected in 2012. In August 2013, there were more than 3.6 million signatures.
“We were surprised and also pleased by the fact that a Slovak girl won a British competition,” Greenpeace Slovakia’s spokesperson Lucia Szabová said. “It does not happen all too often that someone from Slovakia gets onboard one of our ships – not to mention if he or she is not our activist,” she concluded.
9. Sep 2013 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská