As an Oceanographer, I have always been concerned about climate change issues in the world; as I am an inhabitant of a country from the south-east Asian region where coastal areas could be one of the most effected by few cm sea level rise due to global climate change in next few decades. Now a days, people are talking about the climate change randomly, but I am not sure how many of them are fully aware except the concerned scientists, researches and experts; how the climate is changing and what activities are involved behind the current alarming scenario. Why are we mentioning the issues frequently in a broader aspect, when almost all others disciplines of natural sciences including social sciences are also trying to cope up with the issues in their researches ? Of course, there will be significant changes considering negative impacts of social, economic, biological, ecological, and climatological and over all environmental aspect, if the future climate change situation goes beyond man’s control. Here the point is that, we are talking about such global issues like climate change, sustainable development and we are motivated to get involved in the activities by which we can reach more people to be aware of them; but due to lack of engagement in the right platforms and information, concerned people like us are unable to highlight the issues to the public.
Spire is one of the active and dynamic organizations headed mostly by students in Norway, which is working for informing people through social events or activities focusing on climate change impacts, sustainable development issues, and food security for future generations and justified international trading of Norway with other countries. Consequently following through a event ‘A Movie Night” last year (2014), I was introduced with Spire by some of my friends and I found “Spire” as my right choice to join. So far, it’s been great to stay with Spire through the different activities like Movie Night, Debate Session, Meet Free Monday Dumpster diving and of course yearly cabin trip cum workshop for the members etc.
In Spire Bergen, all of the board members are from Norway, I am the only English speaker but it never makes any uncomfortable situation for me to involve with Spire, as all of my friends are so wonderful and helpful that always they prefer to my communication when I am present in any activity. I feel lucky that I am a member of an organization with many nice people who are really dedicated to work with Spire’s main goals. It might be a difficult task to focus the global issues to bigger communities through a small organization like Spire Bergen with few members, but inside “Spire” I never face any hinder or difficulties to involve in events or attend meeting as due to some amazing and motivated friends, who are always trying to do their responsibilities and inspiring others in between their studies and personal works.
I can refer my last cabin trip (27th February to 1st of March, 2015), as semi-annual meeting of Spire, Norway in Oslo as great experience and learning outcome from Spire. The meeting was held in a cabin one hour away from Oslo by bus organized by Spire Oslo centrally. I was really impressed with their organizational activities; the meeting was managed and planned in such a wonderful way that you never feel you were in meeting or workshop to learn something. Participants were from five local chapters of Spire-, Ås, Bergen, Kristiansand, Trondheim, Oslo; they were the most amazing people I have ever met. Everybody was so friendly and helpful in all sessions, even I didn’t feel boring due to lack of Norsk knowledge in the Norsk language presentation session because some members of Spire were always translating the session for me. The game sessions were also so funny and enjoyable, it will be alive in my heart for long time. I wish, I will be with Spire as long as I can carry on.
Written by Mahmud, Spire Bergen