I admire Susan Solomon for her remarkable work identifying the cause of the ozone hole (atmospheric thinning), in Antarctica. What an individual and collective success story! 2012 shows the thinning of the atmosphere lower than in the past 10 years. This is due primarily to the banning of Chlorofluorocarbons in the atmosphere from aerosol-spray propellants, refrigerants, solvents, and foam-blowing agents.
Susan is quoted in The Boise weekly- "I think the difficulty that some people have in relating to environmental change has something to do with the fact that an awful lot of people spend their lives not really noticing the natural world around them."
I wholeheartedly agree. My partner and I are outdoors more than ever, camping and retailing kaleidoscopes at Art Fairs. What a difference to make part of your living and working outside. Antarcticans (people who visit and love the continent have a love of the outdoors too!
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.