|Robert Swan. Photo credit: TEDxAntarcticPeninsula via Flickr.|
Robert Swan, the first person to walk both the poles, has given a TED talk in which he has made a passionate plea to save Antarctica, which he describes as ‘the last pristine continent’.
90% of the world’s ice is in Antarctica and climate change is already affecting the western Antarctic ice sheet. Swan is concerned that the treaty that currently protects Antarctica against industrial exploitation expires in 2041 and wants work to start on extending it, in particular to ensure oil companies will never be allowed to drill for oil there, unlike what is currently happening in the Arctic. Swan is very much in favour of a global renewable energy system.