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Man to live on melting iceberg for one year to urge climate change action (An unthreaded thread)

Posted By Joanne Nova On August 24, 2014 @ 3:07 am In Global Warming | Comments Disabled

Adrift 2015: The official trailer

From Treehugger (where else?)  h/t Climate Depot

 The man pictured above is Alex Bellini, a professional adventurer and motivational speaker who plans to live alone on a melting iceberg off the coast of Greenland for one year, to emphasize the urgent need for climate change action.

Starting in spring of 2015, Bellini plans to find a suitable iceberg in the northwest region of Greenland, where he will remain for up to a year as it slowly melts. Provisioned with with 300 kilograms (661 pounds) of dried food, Bellini will shelter in a survival capsule, the Kevlar-reinforced kind used for ocean oil rigs, until it becomes too risky — at which point he will take to the sea in the capsule, floating adrift until he is rescued.

Treehugger asked:

“Crazy publicity stunt or stroke of daring genius? We’re not sure…

Jo says:

It’s neither and both –  it’s a genius publicity stunt and a stroke of crazy.

The man is a motivational speaker. Assuming he survives, (I hope he does) this’ll set him up for five years of speeches.

(Unless, of course the world cools and everyone realizes what he did was risky and pointless. He might not be such a hot ticket then.)

Thus does the climate become the excuse for adventures which I suspect were to be had in any case.

At least he’s not near the Antarctic where record sea ice might keep the iceberg afloat all year long, but where other adventurers discovered how hard it was to get out of it.

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