Antarctica: what is the future for our last wilderness?
Globalisation means that this once remote continent is now becoming increasingly accessible for tourists. Australia, New Zealand and South America provide key gateways into Antartica. In 2015, the numbers of visitors travelling to Antarctica was 36,700. Overall, visitor numbers are considerably less than the peak of 46,265 tourists that arrived in 2008. It would seem that even Antartica has been affected by the downturn in the global economy.
Antarctica has a different climate to its counterpart in the north.
2041 will be a pivotal year for our planet. That year will mark the end of a 50-year agreement to keep Antarctica, the Earth’s last pristine continent, free of exploitation. Explorer Robert Swan — the first person to walk both the North and South Poles — is on a mission to ensure that we extend that treaty. With passion and vigor, he pleads with us to choose the preservation of the Antarctic for our own survival.