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Journey to the end of the earth – Tishani Doshi

What is going to happen to our planet? What will happen to this earth after another million years? No one can say but Antarctica can give us some hints. The coldest place of the earth, Antarctica warns us to take care of the earth so that it will take care of us!

Yes, we the human beings have indeed caused a lot of harm to this earth. We multiplied in the last 12000 years of our existence and brought every species under our control and destroyed many of them for our water, for our food, for our shelter, for our fun. Now stop and listen to the warnings from Antarctica. It was once a dry and hot landmass. Forget how it became cold. Now the big thing is that it is going to become that same dry, hot landmass again! If so, what will happen to the dry regions of the earth? Will they turn up to cold continents again? If you don’t believe these facts, come to Antarctica and start digging the miles-deep ice-sheets. You will discover layers after layers rich with the well preserved fossils of a lot of unknown animals and birds and trees. Join us, to the Journey to the End of the Earth to see if the world is really journeying to its end.

Bit/Bits
  • Students on Ice is an educational trip to Antarctica
  • It is organized by Geoff Green
  • Destination – Antarctica
  • Participants – Mostly youngsters
  • Starting from – India, Canada, etc.
  • Duration – Two weeks or more
  • Purpose – Teach the new generation of the disaster that the earth is facing today and of the end of the earth
  • When you reach Antarctica you feel like being part of its history of human occupation.
Opening – ‘Students on Ice.’
  1. What is ‘Students on Ice?’
    ‘Students on Ice’ is an educational journey to Antarctica. It takes high school students to show them the horrifying impacts of human activities in Antarctica so that the youngsters, the future policy makers of the earth, will realize that the end of the earth is quite near and therefore something is to be done to save the planet.
  2. Why did Geoff Green decide to take high school students to Antarctica?
    Geoff Green didn’t find any good in taking curious celebrities to Antarctica until he thought of taking high school students. He believed the young enthusiasm in them would easily understand the seriousness of the threat that poses the earth by visiting Antarctica and they would act their bit to save the planet from further deterioration.
  3. Why is Students on Ice Program a success?
    When one stands in the midst of the calving ice-sheets and retreating glaciers and melting ice-bergs, he realizes that the threats to the earth are real. It is different from talking about Antarctica from the comfort zones of our warm countries and therefore being in Antarctica is a shocking realization.
  4. Why are the youngsters called the future policy makers of the earth?
    The youngsters are called the future policy-makers because it is they who will steer the government-machine as they grow up. More than that, the more educated youth of today is the hope for the earth as many students are more informed and more aware of the weakening strength of the planet.
  5. What lessons are we able to learn from Antarctica?
    While in Antarctica, we can ice-sheets breaking, water level rising, seals taking sun bath on the ice-floes. We can also walk on the thin layers of ice and feel the life under our feet. We can see icebergs as big as a small country. We will be shocked to hear that these ice sheets were many times bigger than their present size a few years ago. You will see a green patch of phytoplankton – a microscopic grass that feeds the entire marine life. Last of all, if you dig a bit, you will be lucky to see the fossils of half a million year old animals, plants and birds that got killed in the previous ice-age. From all this, we are able to learn the lesson of the death of the planet earth.
  6. What are phytoplanktons? How are they important for the earth’s survival? What does the parable of phytoplankton teach us?
    Phytoplankton is a single-celled grass that feed the entire southern ocean’s marine life. These micro organisms require a low degree of temperature for their survival. But due to the overheating and the depletion of ozone layers, their existence is threatened. The message for the humans is to take care of the small things so that the bigger things will also fall in place.
  7. What beauty of balance does the author see in Antarctica and in the warm countries?
    While in Antarctica the author saw crab-eater seals having sun-bath on the ice-floes much like the stray dogs sleep under the shade of trees in the warmer countries. While the polar animals prefer a bit of warmth, the tropical ones desire a bit cool. The author believes that the earth has a balancing of climatic variations and after millions of years the Polar Regions will once again become warmer and the warmer will turn cool.
  8. How is Antarctica significant in climatic debates?
    Antarctica is a continent that has a landmass with miles deep ice, layers over layers. In each of those layers lie millions of years old carbon records of the organisms that existed since the beginning of the earth. While pondering over the issue of the future of the earth, these carbon records will shed light on the past and enable the scientist to co-relate the past, present and future.
  9. Do you think that programs like the Students on Ice do more harm than good? Support your answer.
    I personally feel that such trips do more harm than good. We have ruined the earth as much as we could and as wide as we could go. Because Antarctica was far away and extremely cold, it could keep the most dangerous animal away from it but now we have so many reasons to go to this pristine continent. Please, please stop it. Let’s not encourage such trips. After all, what else do we have to learn about the earth than the fact that we have ruined it beyond reparation and repair. Geoff Green, no, it is evident that you have been running a business, not a service. Please spare Antarctica. Stop Students on Ice program!

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