In 2014, I had the honor to travel on the behalf of #natgeo to Franz Josef Land (FJL), an #arctic Russian archipelago inhabited only by military personnel. Similarly to last post, I witnessed first-hand the changing, melting landscape of pristine land. Since this #expedition, scientific studies have concluded that “ice mass loss from 2011-2015 has doubled compared to any previous time spans”. Glacier retreat has been widespread and has led to the creation of at least one new island. Ice wastage, which means the removal of snow or ice from a glacier, was historically relatively small, but accelerating ice loss is the new normal for FJL.
We don’t need to travel to the arctic to experience our changing environment. There are shifts occurring here in my home of the United States, which some of you have spoken about in yesterday’s post’s comment section. To me, this isn’t a political debate, so let’s continue the conversation about our experiences and how to personally shift to make better choices - better choices for ourselves and our present *and future* global community.
Pictured here: Walruses approach our expedition boat from a haul out on Hooker Island. During summer, when sea ice diminishes, walruses congregate on shorelines, where food is scarce and youngsters can get trampled.
Shot #onassignment for National Geographic Magazine’s “Franz Josef Land: The Meaning of North”
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