The Story



We are All Antarctica is a story about my father George W. Gibbs, Jr’s adventures as the first person of African descent to set foot on the continent of Antarctica. He sailed on the famous ship the USS Bear in 1939 to 1941 on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition to the South Pole. It was the first joint venture with the US military and private exploration. Gibbs went on to serve humanity in countless ways, paving the way for not only people of color in the community of Rochester, MN but for all people to become more human, serve their community and appreciate differences.

Through compassion, tenacity, faith and countless hours in the trenches, Gibbs’ life is a model for community service, equality and fun. As the lowest rank on the ship, he was honored for his contribution at a time when people with dark skin were considered less than human.

This story integrates my experiences with natural healing, the arts, the science of the ice, the metaphysics of the South Pole and the history of the expedition and its mystery.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Antarctic News and Announcment


Good news for inhabitants of this planet and the environment.  "Antarctic Ozone Layer is Finally Healing", says Chris Mooney in the Washington Post. http://wapo.st/2bOo9Zi

.."And the Ozone Layer over the Antarctic continent is getting better directly because of our choices and policies." I think it's important to celebrate our small wins. 

Also, Colleen O'Connor, who was killed by a car last week. She won an award for the article on George W. Gibbs, Jr., right before I left for Antarctica in 2012.

She inspired and helped me in many ways. RIP Colleen.




Sunday, February 28, 2016

George W. Gibbs Jr. - End of Black History Month 2016

Aloha!  The Minneapolis Star Tribune published this article today.  It's by Curt Brown, the writer for the Minnesota History column.  The photo is from the Tribune's archives, which hasn't been seen in decades.  It reminds me of my father's love for storytelling.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The World's Last Pristine Ocean

It's February 2012.  While in Antarctica, I learn that the Ross Sea is the most pristine ocean on our planet.  I can't imagine how beautiful it was when my father was there in the early 1940's.  Unfortunately, corporations/humans don't seem to stop at the idea of keeping something pristine.

The Antarctic Toothfish is sought after and it lives in the Ross Sea. The name is disguised as Chilean Sea Bass.  Yes,  when we eat this fish, we risk over fishing and polluting an important ocean ecosystem in Antarctica.  Krill oil is popular now.  Whales and other sea life depend on an abundance of krill in the ocean.  Here's a report on the facts.  Please avoid using krill oil for a supplement and eating Chilean Sea Bass!

"Protecting Krill protects the Antarctic Wilderness"

https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.sumofus.org/images/Krill_report_SumOfUs_2015.pdf

Here's a petition to sign

http://action.sumofus.org/a/walgreens-boots-krill/2/6/?akid=16543.9138827.gfGmBp&rd=1&sub=fwd&t=3