We are All Antarctica is about personal awareness of one's own thoughts and feelings and how that connects to they way we treat others. Our social connections flow into the environment or climate we create in our family, our school, our neighborhoods, society and the planet. We are stewards our ourselves, as well as our community and planet.
Climate change is uncertain. Our ability to collaborate to solve complex social and environmental issues will make all the difference in how we co-create our future. Gibbs Elementary mission of Learning together . Caring for each other . Believing in our future is in perfect alignment with We are All Antarctica. In preparation for my trip, we will count down starting Jan. 13th to Feb. 13th initial flight date. During this month, we are learning together about climate change and how we can have a personal connection to it, in our daily lives. How do scientists work together to discover the mysteries of climate change? What is the ice saying to us as it melts? What is the wildlife experiencing?
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.