“Global warming is three times faster here,” said Breton schoolchildren who marched on Greenland.

Continuation and end of the Greenlandic journey of schoolchildren from Chartres-de-Bretagne, near Rennes. Before returning to France on April 21, the sixteen students from Brittany were able to discover the sled dog races and the dramatic consequences of global warming in Ittoqqortoormiit.

Leaving on April 2 for a three-week stay on the east coast of Greenland, the sixteen students at Fontenay College in Chartres-de-Bretagne are now completing their journey. On the occasion of Holy Week, French students and their companions were able to discover a long tradition in this country four times the size of France: sled racing!

This is how a great annual race was organized, from 14 to 18 April, in Ittoqqortoormiit, a town where the Bretons are housed. The latter were able to try their hand at driving dogs on the ice plate. During the race, Inuit competed with their dog teams in various categories: men, women, seniors, children, or couples. The Bretilliens played the bookmakers.

Predictions, I have the impression that they should be made in relation to dogs and not humans. Then there are mushers [les pilotes, NDLR] who have more talent than others, who have a special relationship, or who take better care of their dogs. ” thinks Xavier Bougeard, the educational manager of the expedition and an admirer of Aqqalu’s methods, a musher who will later win the men’s race. The Inuit are obeyed by their voice, without using a whip. “If the musher respects the dogs, the dogs respect the musher “. summarizes Aleyna, schoolboy.

It was thanks to this unusual means of transportation that the French group headed for a monumental iceberg stranded in Rosevinge Bay. When we were on the iceberg, I think I had the best and the worst of my life. I successively went through fear, joy, and pain. His feet were frozensays Ellouen. The iceberg was huge, but it’s even crazier when you know that 90% of its volume is underwater.. “

While near the giant ice block, the group of students is surprised by a “super loud noise“.”At first I thought it was the wind, but on reflection it was more like a big crack. So the iceberg had collapsed a bit. It calmed us down, we went home right away,“, adds Ellouen.

I am struck by the tactile face of the Inuit, they seem to be happy to see us. I thought they would scare us a little more, they must be thinking it’s our little fault if the ice melts.

Ellouen, student of the Fontenay school of Chartres-de-Bretagne (Ille-et-Vilaine)

We’ve learned that global warming is three times faster here. It can’t be seen with the naked eye, but our meetings confirm it. ” During their visit to the Ittoqqortoormiit weather station, the Bretons learned that very high temperatures were recorded here in the summer for the region (22 ° C) and increasingly cold in the winter (-35 ° C). C), as well as an increase in violent events. , like storms.

During their solitary stay, the young Bretons experienced a temperature variation of almost 20 ° C (from -25 ° C to -3 ° C). “The snow is melting, the rupture is near,” says Ael.

At the station, they could see Rene sending a probe into the sky with a balloon full of hydrogen. The Danish scientist tells them that this balloon will go from a 1.5 meter ball shape on dry land … to a 200 meter pancake shape when it reaches 35 kilometers altitude.

As the departure to France is near, each student takes stock of this experience. In Greenland, there will surely be something not to be missed. “What I don’t like here are the toilets. We put the papers in a separate bag and we have to go and throw them in the trash. The girls’ bag broke, it was a horror to empty, smiles Aboutaleb, for whom it is an extraordinary stay abroad. Until now, I had mostly gone to Morocco to see my family. There, it is more of an expedition. We sleep on mattresses on the school floor. We have to go to the shower at the other end of the village and I don’t like to use showers or toilets that don’t belong to me ”.

The 23 Bretons were able to return to France safe and sound on April 21, after three weeks of Arctic adventure, a stay where many of them lived for the first time (dog sledding, first helicopter flight , etc.) .

In June, they will exchange one last time with their Greenlandic hosts by video conference, to close this exchange. “I don’t know how to move things, how to move lines, thought Ael. This journey has nurtured us, we have grown. It is up to us to convey and write the future. Will we live up to it?

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