Life­time ex­pe­ri­ence # 19

Canadian Geographic - - EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK -

Peo­ple are re­ally fas­ci­nated by the ice­bergs and re­ally sur­prised by how the ice in the Antarc­tic re­gion is chang­ing. It’s ex­cit­ing when I’m out in a Zo­diac giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion and can just grab a piece of glacier ice out of the water and hand it to a pas­sen­ger; when they hold it, they can see how clear it is and bet­ter un­der­stand the pro­cesses that made it that way. As a sci­en­tist, it’s one thing to pub­lish ar­ti­cles and share knowl­edge with other sci­en­tists, but I be­lieve it’s my re­spon­si­bil­ity to ed­u­cate the public, too, es­pe­cially about cli­mate change is­sues. One Ocean al­lows me that out­reach op­por­tu­nity be­cause it of­fers a com­mu­nal ex­pe­ri­ence, where the guides and ex­perts are liv­ing with the pas­sen­gers — it’s like you be­come a big ship fam­ily, shar­ing mem­o­ries, whether it’s hold­ing a piece of a glacier or hav­ing a group of hump­back whales sur­face to check you out and then sur­round your kayaks. When pas­sen­gers feel that way, I think it gives ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to talk about Antarc­tica, to ask and an­swer ques­tions about the glaciers and the ice­bergs. We’re not just lim­ited to the time we spend on the water in kayaks or Zo­di­acs, or to the on­board pre­sen­ta­tions that I do.

It's like you be­come a big ship mem­o­ries.’ fam­ily, shar­ing

— Adri­enne White Gla­ciol­o­gist, guide aboard the One Ocean Nav­i­ga­tor, 2016-2017

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