Antarctica 2041: My Quest to Save the Earth’s Last Wilderness by Robert Swan
Adventurer turned environmentalist Robert Swan illuminates the perils facing the planet come 2041—the year when the international treaty protecting Antarctica is up for review—and the many steps that can be taken to avoid environmental calamity.
In 1985, when Robert Swan walked across Antarctica, the fragile polar environment was not high in his mind. But upon his return, the earth’s perilous state became personal: Robert’s ice-blue eyes were singed a pale gray, a result of being exposed to the sun’s rays passing unfiltered through the depleted ozone layer. At this moment, his commitment to preserving the environment was born. In Antarctica 2041 Swan details his journey to awareness, and his firm belief that humans can reverse the harm done to the planet thus far, and secure its future for generations to come.
Despite the dire warnings Swan raises in Antarctica 2041—exponentially high greenhouse-gas levels; rising seas; massive species extinction—he says there is much we can do to avert looming disaster. Ultimately an upbeat call to action, his book provides the information people need to understand the world’s crisis, and the tools they need to combat it, ultimately showing us all that saving Antarctica amounts to saving ourselves.
ROBERT SWAN is the first person to have walked to both the North and South Poles. An active lecturer, he regularly leads Antarctic expeditions. He divides time between London, New York, and Antarctica.
GIL REAVILL has coauthored many books including Tiki by Tiki Barber and Steve and Me by Terri Irwin.
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CALCULATE...your carbon footprint. Try the online calculator at NativeEnergy.com.
EXPLORE...the continent through organizations such as the United States Antarctic Program, Cool Antarctica and Discovering Antarctica.
READ...the Antarctic Sun, the only English-language newspaper published in Antarctica.
SUPPORT...advocacy organizations such as Greenpeace, the Polar Conservation Organization, or the World Wildlife Fund.
MONITOR...preparations for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 2009.
SURVEY...climate change issues at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Stop Global Warming, or the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
WRITE...letters to government representatives, especially in support of the National Science Foundation, which operates the U.S. bases in Antarctica.
JOIN...the conversation in the Antarctica 2041 Facebook group
FOLLOW...Robert Swan’s environmental programs via the 2041.com website.
SHARE...Antarctica 2041: My Quest to Save the World’s Last Wilderness, with everyone you know.
"Even more compelling than Robert Swan’s story—and he relates his extraordinary experiences with humor and levity—is his plea, not as a scientist or an activist but as an ordinary man, that we heed the moral mandate to quickly face the challenges of averting global climate chaos."
—ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.