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Authored by Katie Thomas

 

Sitting in a zodiac at the edge of the Antarctic continent, staring at a wall of snow-covered ice, we are invited to close our eyes and listen. The water laps at the shoreline, the wind rustles over the landscape, leaving a feeling of a frozen world held in place at the bottom of the Earth. Observations, in direct opposition to our knowledge, suggest that increased rain is being attributed to a decrease in Adelie penguin populations, glaciers are retreating at a rate of 20-30 ft/year. Cognitive dissonance sets in.

Photo Credit: Katie Thomas

 

What we are seeing and experiencing on the surface seems normal, but cracks are forming, the sound of which boom across the open expanse. So too does the leadership of our planet. As we open our eyes, it becomes clearer and clearer that the leadership and behaviour of our societies need to change. If not us, who? If not now, when?