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Should Tourists Still Be Visiting Antarctica?

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An article published in Nature on the 13th June 2018 suggested that Antarctica’s ice has been melting three times faster than we thought. Following this, Viva Expeditions addresses the question, should tourists still be visiting Antarctica? Isn’t this contributing to the problem? Viva Expeditions believes the best way to protect Antarctica is to become an Antarctica ambassador, a warrior for the cause.

Rachel Williams, the founder of Viva Expeditions who has even swum in Antarctica’s icy sea waters, said, “Here at Viva Expeditions, we are focused on positive action. We believe the best way to protect our environment is to reconnect with it.

“People need to care enough to want to protect this pristine environment, and for people to care they need to be aware. One of the best ways to create awareness is for people to see for themselves the beauty of Antarctica and the challenges it is facing, they can then go home and encourage others,” she said.

All 7.5 billion of us have a responsibility towards Antarctica but, thanks to the Antarctic Treaty, no one country can claim to own it. However, the treaty is due for renewal in 2048. There are already signs that countries are starting to jostle for Antarctica’s oil and gas deposits.

By 2048, Antarctica will need a large group of Ambassadors, people who have travelled, learned and witnessed the problems facing Antarctica. Ambassadors who’ll scream from the rooftops before 2048 and will take immediate action to limit his or her own personal carbon emission.

To reduce impacts and grow the number of Antarctica Ambassadors, Viva Expeditions is pleased to be adding vessels that consume less and give more, including the MV Hondius the Greg Mortimer. These ships are equipped with state of the art technology which allows them to conserve fuel, lower emissions and respond at lightning speed to changing conditions to ensure neither the wildlife nor wilderness is impacted.

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1 Comment to Should Tourists Still Be Visiting Antarctica?

  1. We must always constantly evaluate and minimize the impact of tourism, both environmentally and socially. It is every tour operator, travel agent and traveller’s responsibility to do this. Pristine destinations like Antarctica of course inspire us to consider our impact even more. However, what’s happening to Antarctica right now is devastating, on an epic scale and most likely irreversible. People must see continue to experience and document this region, not only so that we can increase our efforts to slow the damage but also so that we can be witness to the results of our past choices and hopefully make better choices going forward.

    We should not only be inspired by the natural beauty of this region, we should be moved to action by witnessing it’s fragility. Without people visiting the region, this call to action will become less powerful, and ultimately the damage done is not caused locally but globally. Therefor we need global action.

    In short, we should tread carefully while witness to this great beauty, and then stomp loudly for action upon our return.


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