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.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Perceived Value of the Poles

Christian Science Monitor published a thorough article on the Poles, 1/12/14.  My hope is that by 2048, when the mineral and mining policies expire, the demand for natural resources will have changed.  China and other countries are ready to pounce on the mineral rich areas of Antarctica.
What solutions might emerge to balance our need to mine, with a balance of protection for all life on the planet?

Current reality at the Poles--great summary slide show.

AND today, George W. Gibbs, Jr, made history by landing on Antarctica in 1940. He was the first man off the ship and became the first person of African descent, in the world, to land on the continent.

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