Alistair Allan is an Antarctic and Marine Campaigner for the Bob Brown Foundation, and he’s recently returned from Antarctica, where he has been campaigning against the ecosystem-wrecking krill supertrawlers. Here, Alistair shares what gives him hope despite the “constant exploitation” of our natural world.
I have just returned from a voyage to the end of the world: Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It is a part of our planet that, due to roaring winds and raging seas, is hidden from our lives. With its towering icebergs, shimmering glaciers and incredible wildlife, it truly is one of the world’s last great wild places.
Antarctica has long been recognized for its unique nature. In fact, in 1959, the Antarctic Treaty was signed, which enshrined Antarctica as a place for peace and science with all territorial claims set aside. This treaty survived throughout the Cold War, despite the differences between the USSR and the USA, and continues to this day. It gives me hope as a benchmark of what can be achieved through cooperation.
This is what excites me for the future—the necessity of cooperation in the face of the monumental challenges the natural world faces.