Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why It's Very Clear to Me That the Human Race Is Walking on Thin Ice

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Why It's Very Clear to Me That the Human Race Is Walking on Thin Ice

Article excerpt

Byline: By Amy Hunt

Polar explorer Conrad Dickinson, from Hexham, has seen at first hand the devastating effect human activity is having on the Earth's climate. While on a trek across the Arctic ice cap, he and his walking partner Richard Weber cheated death after falling through thinning ice sheets melted by global warming. Conrad, 51, is backing our drive to make the North East Go Green. He spoke to Amy Hunt about why he is supporting our campaign and why we all must act now to preserve the environment for tomorrow

I HAVE witnessed the effects of global warming first-hand. My thing is going to very cold frozen places and doing expeditions.

I did an unsupported expedition to the North Pole and we were basically travelling over the frozen Arctic Ocean, which has got to be frozen for you to trek across it.

My walking partner Richard Weber has spent more time on the Arctic Ocean over the last 20 years than anyone else in the world. He's not a scientist, but he can judge things from a first-hand perspective. He was saying he had never seen anything like it. The change from the previous year was dramatic.

We came across much thinner ice than normal. It was like walking on rubber or a water bed. It was really disconcerting because you're in the middle of the frozen Arctic Ocean and it's moving.

If it was really thick, solid ice it would hold together, but because it was thin it was fracturing and coming apart. We were coming across stacks of open water and we were sometimes having to walk for six or seven hours just to find a place to cross, which caused us problems.

Richard fell through the ice because it was so thin, which is not a pleasant experience when it's -35C. Then two days before the end I fell through up to my waist, then as I tried to get out the ice collapsed even further, up to my neck. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.