International Day 2017

This​ ​year​ ​the​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​Operation​ ​Day’s​ ​Work​ ​was​ ​to​ ​Support​ “Friends​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Earth​ ​Norway” and​ ​their​ ​youth​ ​organizations​ ​educational​ ​projects​ ​in​ ​the​ ​midst​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world’s​ ​largest​ ​oil disaster​ ​in​ ​Nigeria.​ ​We​ ​used​ ​“International​ ​day”​ to​ ​learn​ ​about​ ​the​ ​topic.

My​ ​task​ ​on​ ​“International​ ​day” was​ ​to​ pick two different subjects and study them,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​would​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​host​ ​a​ ​room​ ​where​ ​fellow​ ​students​ ​could​ ​gain information​ ​about​ ​my​ ​theme.

I​ ​choose​ ​the​ ​subject rooms;​ ​Social​ ​studies,​ ​where​ ​you​ ​had​ ​to​ ​compare​ ​your​ ​own​ ​situation​ ​with someone​ ​who​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​in​ ​Nigeria,​ ​and​ ​refugees​ ​in​ ​the​ ​crisis ​and the room where police​ ​officer​ ​Joachim​ ​Olsvik​ ​had a lecture ​about​ ​his​ ​service​ ​aboard​ ​the​ ​Siem​ ​Pilot,​ ​where​ ​he rescued​ ​refugees​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Mediterranean.​ ​Both​ ​these​ ​topics​ ​are​ ​interesting,​ ​and​ ​do​ ​show​ ​that pollution​ ​“half​ ​a​ ​world​ ​away”,​ ​can​ ​have​ ​ripple​ ​effects​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​to​ ​us​ ​here​ ​in​ ​Europe.

I​ ​started​ ​international​ ​day​ ​with​ ​reading​ ​up​ ​on​ ​my​ ​tasks, ​gaining​ ​information, ​and​ ​thereafter, ​I hosted​ ​my​ ​rooms​ ​for​ ​two​ ​hours​ ​each.

Outside ​the​ ​rooms, ​we​ ​had​ ​made​ ​informative ​posters,​ ​which​ ​made​ ​it​ ​easy​ ​for​ ​other​ ​students,​ ​and teachers​ ​to​ ​gain​ ​information​ ​about​ ​our​ ​subject.

In​ ​our​ ​social​ ​study​ ​room​ ​we​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​human​ ​rights​ ​in​ ​Nigeria,​ ​and compare​ ​them​ ​to​ ​human​ ​rights​ ​in​ ​Norway.​ ​Both​ ​countries​ ​have​ ​large​ ​natural resources,​ ​Nigeria​ ​is​ ​about​ ​two​ ​and​ ​a​ ​half​ ​the​ ​size​ ​of​ ​Norway,​ ​but​ ​have​ ​a​ ​population of​ ​178​ ​million​ ​people,​ ​that​ ​is​ ​a​ ​big​ ​difference​ ​from​ ​Norway’s​ ​five​ ​million.​ ​We​ ​can​ ​turn on​ ​the​ ​kitchen​ ​fosset​ ​when​ ​we​ ​want and get​ ​a​ ​glass​ ​of​ ​water,​ ​we​ ​can​ ​fish​ ​in​ ​the​ ​many​ ​thousand lakes​ ​and​ ​rivers,​ ​and​ ​we​ ​do​ ​know,​ ​if​ ​any​ ​company,​ ​oil​ ​or​ ​other​ ​business,​ ​pollute,​ ​they will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​cleaning​ ​it​ ​up.

In​ ​Nigeria​ ​that​ ​is​ ​not​ ​the​ ​case, ​numerous​ ​large​ ​oil​ ​companies​ ​have​ ​had​ ​thousands​ ​of accidents​ ​over​ ​the​ ​years,​ ​a​ ​landmass,​ ​the​ ​size​ ​of​ ​Denmark​ ​is​ ​so​ ​polluted​ ​that​ ​it​ ​is​ ​not habituated​ ​anymore.​ ​Fish​ ​are​ ​dead​ ​in​ ​the​ ​lakes,​ ​ground​ ​water​ ​is​ ​so​ ​polluted​ ​it​ ​cannot be​ ​consumed​ ​by​ ​people,​ ​animals​ ​or​ ​plants,​ ​and​ ​nobody​ ​is​ ​taking​ ​responsibility.

Because​ ​the​ ​oil​ ​spillage​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​the​ ​ecosystem,​ ​one​ ​consequence​ ​is​ ​people​ ​leaving the​ ​affected​ ​areas,​ ​many​ ​of​ ​them​ ​poor,​ ​will​ ​seek​ ​fortune​ ​other​ ​places,​ ​some​ ​will​ ​even make​ ​it​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​to​ ​Europe.​ ​These​ ​people​ ​are​ ​environmental​ ​refugees,​ ​and according​ ​too​ ​many​ ​environment​ ​organizations​ ​worldwide,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​only​ ​seeing​ ​the beginning​ ​of​ ​these​ ​refugees.​ ​If​ ​steps​ ​are​ ​not​ ​being​ ​taken​ ​in​ ​Nigeria​ ​now,​ ​the​ ​country can​ ​loose​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​40​ ​%​ ​of​ ​the​ ​habitable​ ​landmass,​ ​imagine​ ​a​ ​hundred​ ​million environmental​ ​refugees​ ​from​ ​Nigeria​ ​only.

The​ ​whole​ ​day​ ​was​ ​really​ ​well​ ​organized,​ ​we​ ​all​ ​got​ ​our​ ​room​ ​numbers​ ​and​ ​schedules. We​ ​spent​ ​two​ ​busy​ ​hours​ ​in​ ​each​ ​room,​ ​and​ ​had​ ​many​ ​interested​ ​fellows​ ​students​ ​and teachers.

After​ ​finishing​ ​the​ ​two​ ​shifts​ ​we​ ​got​ ​some​ ​time​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​other​ ​rooms,​ ​where​ ​we​ ​got information​ ​about​ ​the​ ​other​ ​themes.

I​ ​cannot​ ​say​ ​that there​ ​was​ ​one​ ​I​ ​did​ ​not​ ​like. ​All​ ​the​ ​different​ ​subjects​ ​was​ ​very​ ​interesting, and​ ​the​ ​effects​ ​of​ ​what​ ​happens​ ​in​ ​one​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​can​ ​make​ ​an​ ​impact​ ​far​ ​away​ ​is really​ ​something​ ​to​ ​think​ ​about.​ ​Operation​ ​Day’s​ ​Work​ ​2017​ ​went​ ​to​ ​an​ ​important​ ​case!

Next​ ​year​ ​I​ ​think​ ​there​ ​should​ ​be​ ​made​ ​information​ ​flyers​ ​that​ ​could​ ​be​ ​posted​ ​online​ ​in advance​ ​of​ ​International​ ​Day​ ​so​ ​we​ ​can​ ​read​ ​up,​ ​and​ ​be​ ​even​ ​better​ ​prepared,​ ​because​ ​in my​ ​opinion,​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​students​ ​looked​ ​really​ ​lost.​ ​As​ ​of​ ​my​ ​own​ ​evaluation,​ ​I​ ​would say​ ​I​ ​did​ ​pretty​ ​good,​ ​I​ ​loved​ ​it,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​already​ ​looking​ ​forward​ ​for​ ​next​ ​year!

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