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, April 9, 2012
What's Affected by Climate Change?
Climate change is controversial. Scientists are certain the climate is getting warmer due to increase CO2. Many animal species, such as penguins are threatened by the changes. Another article says that one species loss is another's gain, i.e. deer, elk and caribou benefit because they can get away from predators. I wonder what other opportunities will we face from warming? What kind of weather shifts will challenge us? Over 1000 people died in Europe from a cold winter this year. One important step is the willingness to listen to others with a different point of view. How can we be open to shift our feelings and thoughts, through genuine conversation? I'm working on Deep Democracy Institute-Portland Oregon's Open Forum on Climate Change today. What are your questions about climate change?