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.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Going to the continent gave me a perspective I didn't get from reading my father's journals, books and dairies of others. While watching the film Eight Below last night, I realize I see a pattern of Antarctica, I didn't previously have. The film shows the landscape, wildlife and challenges of community, survival, courage and friendship. For the first time, the pieces I've been gathering make sense to me.
I understand the importance of preserving paradise at the bottom of the earth. Robert Swan, 2041 connects youth, corporate leaders and influencers to the continent. The goal is, after being there, you will advocate for the continuation of the Antarctic treaty in 2041. As of today, Swan's website posts 29 years and counting, before the decision to preserve or mine Antarctica