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November 16th, 2009
09:44 AM ET

Arctic explorer arrives in Antarctica

Editor’s note: Arctic explorer Eric Larsen is trying to make it to the North and South Poles and the summit of Mount Everest in 365 days as part of an effort to raise awareness about climate change. Larsen joined us on American Morning before he set out on his Save the Poles expedition. Below is an excerpt from his online journal.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The plane Larsen flew in to Antarctica. Courtesy: Eric Larsen, Save the Poles."]

By Eric Larsen

None of us could believe our luck at the warm (relatively) weather and blue skies. So perfect were the conditions that we were more worried about sunburn than frostbite.

Antarctica! The place where my dreams have lived for so long. From our small temporary outpost nestled close to the Patriot Hills themselves all I can see is ice and sky. To feel important here is to simply ignore the vastness and grandure of this place. This is truly one of the last great frozen places left on the planet.

Being here now, I realize, I must double my efforts. This snowscape is so delicate. No longer immutable to change Antarctica, faces a dire fate unless we act now to reduce carbon emissions.

My fate is equally tied to this place for the next two months. What will I learn? How will I change? Right now there is still too much work to do before flying to our starting point at Hercules Inlet to be philosophical. TIA – this is Antarctica.

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Filed under: Environment • Eric Larsen
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  1. Rudy

    Nearly half if not more of the US population still fighting for the same constitutional rights as these guys already have : women,blacks ,and latinos are still fighting for equal pay. The gay community is still fighting for equal marriageand the right to serve in the military(thats patriotic) not arming themselves with m-16's and rolling around in the woods scared of the new president cause he's black. Why kidd ourselves about the root of all this(we want our country back). Who took it?

    November 16, 2009 at 11:14 pm |
  2. Scott

    Typical CNN. They ignore the millions of violent gang members in America to pick on a few harmless, conservative, white people. And people have the nerve to question Fox News....

    November 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  3. B. Daniels

    These guys are extremists. Personally I don't think anyone should be allowed to have the type of weapons they showed on your program except our military. You don't need an AK-47 to hunt a deer. After listening to them, these guys gave me the impression that they might, and could, take the law into their own hands. The scary part is – it's the law as they see it. If a group of predominately black, hispanic, or (God forbid) Muslim men dressed up in camoflage with this type of weaponry, they would be put on a terrorist list in a heartbeat and taken out. As a matter of fact, minority groups with guns in an urban setting are called gangs and our police force has set up special gang units to control them. It strikes me that there seems to be very little difference between these guys on your program and the Klu Klux Klan except that they now wear combat fatigues instead of white robes and hoods. They use the word "Constitution" in every other sentence and call themselves a militia so the general public will think they are patriots. Patriots don't hide their faces, refuse to give their names, or threaten to take the law into their own hands. It doesn't appear that much has changed with this group, just their wardrobe and their rhetoric.

    November 16, 2009 at 10:36 am |