Antarctica log 10 - Breath-taking Antarctica
- By Richard Branson -
- Feb 06, 2012
It is impossible to adequately describe the breath-taking beauty of Antarctica. It has a profound impact on anyone who is privileged to have visited it. How can one not come away inspired? More than any other place on earth you leave with an emotional connection.
Will our children and grandchildren be able to experience what we have been so fortunate to enjoy? Will we be able to leave Antarctica to them as it is today?
The facts we discovered on our trip are not good. A temperature rise of 6 oC in the winter since 1950 in the Antarctica peninsula. Loss of 140 days of ice cover. 80% of peninsula glaciers in retreat. Ice shelves disintegrating.
It is not what the few people do when they visit Antarctica. It is what we do when we get home that causes the problem.
We will return home refortified to continue the campaign to halt climate change, to meet the opposition head on.
Our visit to Antarctica has given us an extra responsibility to increase our efforts with renewed wisdom and knowledge.
As a group of kids sang about climate change: “Do more do more do more, and when you’ve done everything you can do, do more!”
By Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group