Popular comedian and political satirist, John Oliver, did a segment on climate change last year. He might swear too much to get laughs or to punctuate his points, but he is right on the money with this rant.  Watch a short clip here. My Meteorologist Mom shakes her head every […]

How is this still a thing?



Back in the USA, I was greeted by a relieved mother and a birthday cake adorned with chocolate penguins atop white (snow) and blue (water) frosting. Thanks Mom!

Happy Birthday to Me (again)


Stopped to eat at the Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in São Paulo, Brazil. Dinner consisted of the cone-head-looking coxinha and an empanada. The penguin paid this time. Finally! Tired. Not physically, mentally. Sad to be leaving Antarctica – very happy to be going home to family! This experience has helped me become more decisive.  More later… Next […]

Day 14 – On The Road. Again!



USA Today sponsors one “Make A Difference” day every year.  Ian Rosenberger is making a difference every day. He and his team at THREAD are taking trash from Haiti, plastic bottles, turning them into thread which ultimately becomes fabric for use in the manufacture of apparel. They call it “Ground to […]

Trash> Thread> Fabric= GOOD!


On this expedition, I met Marcus Eriksen, co-founder of 5 Gyres. I enjoyed helping him as we sieved the sea surface searching for synthetic materials. Marcus and his wife, Anna Cummins, have sailed through the 5 subtropical gyres doing research and reporting on plastic pollution. Their mission is to engage people in […]

Plastic> Bottles> Trash= BAD


The end is the beginning.  We disembark from the ship and rush to Ushuaia airport.  30+ hours of travel ahead of me; memories that will last a lifetime behind me. The mantra of Robert Swan have become more than words or a slogan.  They now have a sense of urgency […]

Day 13 – Endings & Beginnings


The BSA Sustainability website posted my blog about the first few days of our expedition. The words of Wayne Brock, former Chief Scout Executive of BSA, shed light on the reason for my trip to Antarctica: Scouting was green when green was just a color. Today, sustainability is critically important as […]

Green to Deep Green



Last day at sea.  We arrived in the Beagle Channel and weighed anchor for the evening.  The day included packing, settling accounts and sharing stories.  It was hard to pay attention to the final presentations but one story, Barefoot College, was truly inspiring.  This grass roots organization in Tilonia, India […]

Day 12 – Homeward Bound


Ok, so I’m doing a little name dropping. But Obama’s declaration during the 2014 State of the Union address is right on the money. I hope he has the backing of the US people and enough votes in congress to affect change. We don’t have to agree on everything. Just […]

POTUS and me…


Homeward bound. “Hip, Hip, Hooray” was the cheer of praise often heard throughout the voyage south.  Those words continued to ring in my head as we plowed through the calm waters of Drake Passage on the way back to Ushuaia, Argentina.  Hooray for Robert Swan and the staff of 2041.  […]

Day 11 – Sperm Whale Sighting


Carbon footprint is defined as: The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). Did you know the typical household uses approximately 48 tons of CO2 per year?  How much land area does it take to support […]

What’s all the fuss about Carbon Footprint?