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Paradise Lost in the Restaurant

Crew perform Paradise Lost on a global warming expedition
Leslie Feist, Lemn Sissay and Ruth Little performing Paradise Lost.

We’ve spent the morning popping in and out of the restaurant for a read through of Paradise Lost – everyone read a few lines. Not looked at the text for more than a decade but feels the natural thing to do here and now as we sail south back to port. A couple of my posts have referred to people’s anxieties about the Baffin Boot sized carbon footprint that coming on this trip entails. Sin and redemption are so woven into western culture that we shouldn’t be surprised that we frame these questions about individual responsibility in terms of sin and the pursuit of redemption. A few years ago Patriarch Bartholemew (leader of the orthodox church) announced that environmental harm was a sin (the Pope followed suit soon after). Of course they have a natural advantage over science and policy people when it comes to finding a language that seems to have the right kind of scale: they’ve been phrasemaking on the big questions for centuries.
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Boarding the Grigory Mikheev


Ryuichi Sakamoto on the zodiac transfer as we boards the Grigory Mikheev in Kangerlussuaq

Joe Smith, Marcus Brigstocke and David Noble boarding the Grigory Mikheev in Kangerlussuaq
Joe Smith, Marcus Brigstocke and David Noble

Boarding the Grigory Mikheev in Kangerlussuaq
Francesca Galeazzi and Ruth Little

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Counting down the last days

After much preparation we’re finally counting down the last days before we board the Grigory Mikheev in Kangerlussuaq. For twelve days – from Thursday 25 Sept to Monday 6 Oct – you’ll be able to follow the voyage in blogs from over 40 artists, musicians and scientists. We’ll be brushing aside snow and breaking out the portable satellite gear to broadcast text, images and video direct from the deck of the boat as we sail through the extraordinary Disko Bay. Check the website daily, subscribe to the podcast or sign up for the daily email update to follow our journey.

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