Tears of the Antarctic

Hello, my name is Suny. MBC recently broadcast the documentary Tears of the Antarctic on December 23rd.

I would like to talk a little bit about this documentary since it has garnered some positive interest.

The total area of the Antarctic is 14million km. It is the fifth largest continent in the world and is a huge ice covered land twice the size of Australia, yet it has just 1000 Inhabitants.

The Antarctic is the location of the Southern Polar Icecap and still considered the ‘secret continent’ with a very ancient history. Antarctica is covered in ice, rather than trees and grasses and was the last continent to be discovered, first officially recorded in the 19th century. Antarcitca is unfit for human inhabitants, yet a huge ecosystem exists for those organisms which can survive the strong 200 km per hour winds and temperatures of minus 60 degrees.

Antarctica is a land where emperor penguins give birth and raise their young on the ice, amidst the extreme cold, yet people cannot last the night without support. Humpback whales cross 3,000km, or half the length of the earth, to come to its waters and contest for mates. Antarctica, the only continent unconquered by man is shedding its tears.

This picture, has the appearance of a person shedding a tear, to much interest. The central emperor penguin figure of ‘Tears of the Antarctic’ captured the hearts of many.

In the unimaginable cold of Antarctica, the emperor penguin struggles for survival, with the survival chances for its young at just 60%. The female lays her eggs and goes out into the ocean for food, while the male tends them.

The penguins are losing their habitat however, due to melting glaciers. Climate change resulted in the loss of 70% of penguins over the last 50 years.

The scenery of Antarctica is beautiful and astonishing, but climate change is destroying its ecosystem. Invasive field mice now make home there, and human activities like dolphin poaching and pollution are hurting Antarctica.

It is not just animals that are hurt by the loss of glaciers. Man as well suffers. Many scientists allege that the reduction of glaciers in Southern Alaska will lead to increased earthquakes. It is claimed the a quarter of the world’s population will be harmed by flooding if the glaciers melt. This would cause unimaginable devastation and suffering.

We can save the Antarctic if we change our thinking and make even small efforts to protect the earth. We can live happily on the earth we have protected.

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