We all know Antarctica as a land of extremes. It’s the highest, driest, coldest continent on Earth. And definitely the hardest place to get to and survive! It’s human nature to be drawn to these exceptional places. There’s something, likely literally, in our DNA that drives us to wander, explore and endure. Why else would early peoples have populated the far corners of the planet instead of remaining in the cosy, warm of the equatorial regions?
Personally my dilemma is not so much about giving up a warm climate to travel to Antarctica but more about ignoring my concerns about climate change and fossil fuel consumption. I’m not going to dwell on it here, but it is most definitely the ‘elephant in the room’ of polar tourism: we go as concerned citizens eager to see and learn about our fragile world, and in the process stomp down a massive carbon footprint. Hypocrisy? sure. Taking the argument that “people will only stand up to protect what they know” too far? Probably. Still, better to own it than to deny it.
With that out of the way