By Will Steger
Letter to the Editor
June 14, 2018
The alarm was sounded; sadly, we’re seeing it substantiated
I was saddened but not surprised to see the June 14 article “Antarctica melting fast: Rate of ice loss triples, and window for action is short.” I’ve been sounding the alarm about the impacts of climate change on our polar regions for more than 15 years, and, unfortunately, while we see signs of clean energy progress all around us, we do indeed need to do even more to address human-induced climate change, as quickly as possible. When I crossed Antarctica in 1989-90 on my international Trans-Antarctic dog sled expedition, it took my team seven months through grueling storms and unbelievable challenges to meet our goal. Since that expedition, I’ve watched with horror the disintegration of the Larsen A, B and now parts of the C ice shelves on the western peninsula. We spent 30 days traveling on the Larsen ice shelf, and now that is almost entirely gone. I am paying close attention to the destabilization of the Ronne and Ross ice shelves, which will have significant repercussions to global sea-level rise.
While Antarctica’s isolated environment may seem like another world, each melting drop that falls from the ice ripples out to the modern world with increasing impact. We must act decisively to educate ourselves to the threats and solutions to climate change and unify around the task at hand.
Will Steger, Minneapolis
The writer is a polar explorer and founder of Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy.