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 exciting, enriching journeys to the Arctic and Antarctica.
Traveling on these voyages is your chance to help promote climate change awareness and conservation alongside TNC’s experts in science, exploration, conservation and education. Better yet, it’s all happening in the most pristine, ecologically important places on earth: the Arctic and 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.
At Quark, we’ve committed to donating a portion of expedition sales to The Nature Conservancy over a period of three years. Those funds directly benefit efforts to conserve the lands and waters on which life depends in the regions we visit.
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
Onboard these enlightening expeditions, 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 the extraordinary Arctic regions or Antarctica, you’ll explore sensitive ecosystems, vulnerable species and the 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.
On the Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent voyage (November 6 - 16, 2018), you’ll gain first-hand knowledge of the effects of climate change at the bottom of our planet including how it’s impacting the area’s wildlife, like penguin colonies and seabirds.
At the top of the planet in the Arctic, you can travel with TNC on the Greenland Explorer: Valleys & Fjords (August 7 - 21, 2018) itinerary where you’ll immerse yourself in environmental activism on of the front lines of indigenous communities. Explore Greenland—the world’s largest island—for it’s majestic landscapes, towering fjords and remote cultures.
Identify climate change in one of the most fragile environments on the Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic (June 22 - July 8, 2018) itinerary. Discover the western edge of the island as you venture north to the home of walrus and polar bears.
Focusing on coastal restoration and the protection of delicate ecosystems, the journey to West Greenland: Disko Bay (August 19 - 28, 2018) is a recipient of the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award. Explore the natural wonders of northwest Greenland and visit traditional Inuit villages where opportunities for whale watching abound.
All of this voyages offer an unprecedented opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the issues, challenges and prospective solutions to climate change within the incredible context of the Arctic or Antarctica.
Want to learn more? Explore all of the voyages TNC will be on including: Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent, Greenland Explorer: Valleys and Fjords, Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic and West Greenland: Disko Bay.
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