The South Pole Energy Challenge 2017
When Robert Swan arrived at the South Pole after months dragging a 350-pound sled up glaciers and over crevasses, he’d grown a frost-rimmed beard and lost fifty pounds. But photos of the exhausted explorer standing beneath the iconic flags show that strangely, his eyes had also changed—their normal blue burned into a pale grey.
Several months later, NASA scientists discovered Robert had been walking under a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica. Since then, research has shown rising temperatures will lead to permanent and catastrophic global changes. Despite the urgent need to reduce anthropogenic warming, business has continued as usual; 2015 was the hottest year on record. So after working for thirty years to protect the environment that shaped him, at the age of 59, Robert Swan is leading one last expedition. “I hated every minute of walking to both poles,” Robert says, “but if we, our species is to survive, we have to do something, I have to do more.”