“The Last Great Exploration On Earth Is To Survive On Earth” Or Something

Mankind has survived numerous warm and cool periods throughout our tenure. Even survived a full on ice age. But, a tiny increase in global temperatures will doom us all or something

(HuffPost) Evoking images of calving icebergs, and endless white icescapes, Antarctica has been described as a “silence deep with a breath like sleep”. Some say that its profound beauty haunts you for the rest of your days. And, one man who understands this better than most is Robert Swan OBE.

In 1986, he made the longest unassisted walk ever to the South Pole. Three years later he went onto the North Pole and by the age of 33, he became first person in history to walk to both the top and bottom of the world. And, after nearly losing his life on those treks, Swan vowed to never go back.

But, some three decades later, for the sake of our deteriorating climate, he is retracing his footsteps back to the South Pole together with his 23 year old son Barney. Passing on the baton of polar exploration from one generation to the next, the duo are the first father and son team to make the 600 mile trek, and the only people to do so using nothing but renewable energy.

Interestingly, I can’t find any articles on how they got to Antarctica, only ones about how they are not going to use fossil fuels while making the trek on Antarctica. It’s a long way from California (where he now lives) to Antarctica: did they take a sailing ship? I’ve gone through over 20 articles. None say how they’re traveled.

Anyhow

Let’s hope that the Swans inspire with their South Pole energy challenge, for in Robert’s own words: “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” After all, with a steep temperature rise sitting on our collective horizon: “The last great exploration on Earth is to survive on Earth.”

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4 Responses to ““The Last Great Exploration On Earth Is To Survive On Earth” Or Something”

  1. Jeffery says:

    Even survived a full on ice age.

    How did the major cities do during the last glacial period? How did the agricultural regions do?

    Oh, that’s right, there were no cities, no agriculture, only bands of hunter gatherers. The entire human population at that time was about 0.1% of now, less than 100 million individuals.

    Anyway, fast forward some 15,000 years with out coastal cities with millions of inhabitants, our broad swaths of agricultural land feeding all of the 7 billion of humanity. In fact, all of human civilization has occurred during the stable climate of the Holocene. The current period of rapid warming is like nothing human civilization has ever seen. And there is no reason to expect the warming to stop without intervention.

    The human species will survive, but human civilization will be changed.

    It’s hypothesized that the Lake Toba eruption some 70,000 years ago reduced the total human population to less than 10,000. We’re lucky to even exist!

    • drowningpuppies says:

      The current period of rapid warming is like nothing human civilization has ever seen. And there is no reason to expect the warming to stop without intervention.

      Again, long on assumptions, short on proof…
      Call them little guyisms.

  2. Jeffery says:

    What “proof” do the “skeptics” need to be convinced that human generated greenhouse gases are warming the Earth? Can’t answer that simple question? Then you’re a Science Denier.

    • drowningpuppies says:

      Proof that:

      The current period of rapid warming is like nothing human civilization has ever seen. And there is no reason to expect the warming to stop without intervention.

      Where is it, little dumbass?

      This should be fun to see what the little guy comes up with.

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