Our atmosphere correspondent Matthew Taylor travelled for an unforgettable region to witness the threat it faces
5 Feb, Punta Arenas, Chile
I’ve showed up in Punta Arenas around the southern tip of Chile following a 24-hour whistlestop tour of South American airports. Very happy to see my bags make it too. I had been requested to prevent packing synthetic and lower clothing whenever we can since it could contaminate the atmosphere, so was pleased all individuals carefully selected natural fibres had managed to get beside me over the Atlantic. Luke, my press contact at Greenpeace, meets me, which is equally as along with I do not really speak Spanish. We obtain taxis towards the pier and that i have my first look at the Arctic Sunrise the Greenpeace ship last in news reports if this was stormed through the Russian FSB within the Arctic. It’s busy with individuals fixing things, loading things, working and chatting. Everybody is friendly. I question concerning the different tales that drive them all here. Could they be the type of people who wish to jump from the fringe of the map, as Werner Herzog found in his documentary concerning the Antarctic? The ship is smaller sized than Id imagined and much more workmanlike. Basically had have you been in almost any doubt, Now i understand the next two days, crossing a few of the roughest water on the planet to some place that’s mostly uninhabitable, isnt likely to be a cruise.
6 Feb, Punta Arenas
I was designed to sail first factor today. However the ship continues to be a flurry of activity and also the weather within the Drake Passage the well known stretch water between South Usa and also the Antarctic is referred to as not good, so we must wait. I choose to stretch my legs having a enter the center of Punta Arenas. It begins well having a magical view out over forbidding seas for the Southern Sea, and i believe I place an albatross. However it ends more prosaically after i am attacked with a dog.
7 Feb, Punta Arenas
At breakfast I hear sobering tales from the passage ahead. Apparently the ship is well known because of its pitching and moving, and known passionately because the washing machine. The ships physician, an attractive man, stated it may be so severe the walls end up being the floor and when you keep the rail around the bridge your legs fly up behind you which means you effectively perform a handstand. Within the mid-day, Sometimes within my cabin I wish to make certain I take full advantage of the trip journalistically. Greenpeace is supporting an EU-backed proposal to create the worlds biggest ocean sanctuary within the waters around Antarctica seas controlled with a disparate number of countries such as the United kingdom, US and Australia. While here’ aspire to report on the undiscovered ecosystems discovered by scientists aboard the ship, the threats facing wildlife because of climate change and krill fishing, and also the state of the Antarctic ice shelves. But a minimum of as vital for me personally is to absorb around I’m able to of the place, and also to absorb any wider training there might be for the broader atmosphere movement.