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Authored by Sharon Robinson

 

It’s Antarctica Day!🎉We are delighted and privileged to be able to celebrate this day as we return to port in Ushuaia from Antarctica. The day celebrates the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, and reminds us that the world recognises Antarctica as a continent dedicated to peace and science.❄️🌍

Photo Credit: Homeward Bound

 

As Science Faculty of Homeward Bound, Dr Katherine Duncan and Professor Sharon Robinson are delighted to be spending this Antarctica Day with the latest cohort of returning Homeward Bound leaders (pictured) after nearly three weeks in Antarctica. In a program packed with leadership learnings in, about and from Antarctica we have been fortunate to experience the wonder and awe that is Antarctica. From tiny mosses to magnificent albatross and king penguins, from krill to the cutest elephant seal pups. We are humbled by the majesty of the environment but also acutely aware that it is changing rapidly. Antarctica’s ice sheets are thinning, retreating, and disintegrating and sea ice levels are retreating. Bearing witness in Antarctica, we can see how closely connected it is with the Earth’s weather and climate systems. The position of the winds that roar around Antarctica drive the rainfall patterns across the southern hemisphere. As Antarctica’s glaciers melt, they are already contributing to sea levels rising around the globe. As 109 leaders in STEMM connecting across 29 countries, we know that what we observe in Antarctica is coming to all our homes.  As global leaders converge for COP28, we urge them to take action and protect our planet for all humanity.