The causes and impact of global climate change can seem so massive and overwhelming that it’s difficult to know where to begin to have an impact. Often, the people who travel to the polar regions with us head home engaged and inspired, with a new appreciation for the delicate ecosystems of the polar regions and a desire to contribute to conservation in meaningful ways.
In 2018, you have an exclusive opportunity to join scientists and special guest speakers from The Nature Conservancy on an exciting, enriching journey to Antarctica.
The Antarctic Climate Adventure is your chance to help promote climate change awareness and conservation alongside experts in science, exploration, conservation and education. Better yet, it’s all happening in one of the most pristine, ecologically important places on earth: Antarctica.
We’re proud to partner with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), whose mission is to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. The polar regions are incredibly susceptible to the effects of climate change, and are also great indicators of how we can expect rising temperatures and ice melt to affect the rest of the world. So while our expeditions explore the extreme ends of the earth, as global citizens it’s important that we see the bigger picture!
As a member of the Quark Expeditions community, you’ve already proven an invaluable supporter of the important works this organization of over one million members and 600 scientists. Each year, TNC operates more than 100 marine conservation projects around the globe and to date has protected more than more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide.
Nearly 70 miles off of Key West, seven small islands form Dry Tortugas National Park and appear at the end of the Florida Keys chain. Dry Tortugas sits in the Florida Reef System (FRS) which is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the continental U.S. It spans 358 miles in Southeast Florida, from the Dry Tortugas off Key West, north to Martin County. The FRS is home to many inhabitants including several coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Nature Conservancy spearheaded the Florida Reef Resilience Program, which has brought together managers from around the world and strengthens their ability to protect and manage coral reefs. The Conservancy and partners have been propagating the endangered coral at nearby nursery sites—photo by @carltonward. @natureflorida
At Quark, we’ve committed to donating a portion of expedition sales to The Nature Conservancy over a period of three years, with a minimum contribution of $244,650. Those funds directly benefit efforts to conserve the lands and waters on which life depends in the regions we visit.
Onboard the Antarctic Climate Adventure expedition, you’ll explore environmental issues of climate change and its impact on nature and people. Learn from the experts about groundbreaking, innovative solutions being championed by governments, business, and community leaders.
Against the backdrop of wild, untamed Antarctica, you’ll explore its sensitive ecosystems, vulnerable species and greatest ecological challenges and threats with some of the most brilliant minds involved in these issues today. A portion of every fare on this enriching expedition supports the Conservancy and its mission to protect the world’s critically important lands and waters.
You’ll meet Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy and Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF). Dr. Rosina M. Bierbaum, a renowned climate science expert and Chair of the Global Environment Facility’s Science and Technical Advisory Panel, will share insights from her research on the interface of science and policy, and issues related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
It’s an unprecedented opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the issues, challenges and prospective solutions to climate change within the incredible context of Antarctica itself. Traveling in comfort on the all-suites, all-inclusive Island Sky, you can focus on the immense knowledge being shared, and the unparalleled access to the seventh continent that only a small expedition ship can deliver.
Want to learn more? Explore the Antarctic Climate Adventure itinerary and stay tuned to the Quark Expeditions Blog. We’ll be sharing exclusive interviews and previews from this expedition and The Nature Conservancy’s experts in the weeks to come.
About the Author
Paul has been helping Quark Expeditions passengers choose the polar expedition to best suit their needs since 2009. An adventure travel expert and avid traveler, he’s visited over 40 countries and explored the Antarctic Peninsula, Canadian High Arctic, Spitsbergen and the North Pole on expedition.More Content by Paul Schuster