If you've caught any form of media this week, you know that Earth Day is upon us. Technicallly it's tomorrow, though the entire week seems to be prime time for focusing on the needs of a melting globe.
It's a worthy subject -- especially if you live in Florida, front line for bad times if the ice shelves do, indeed, melt.
I saw proof of that thaw two summers ago, when I visited Greenland. Locals and scientists gave endless accounts of the fast-moving thaw of the icefjord at Illulissat. It's a staggering sight, and so grim to think that it could melt if we don't change our energy-guzzling ways.
The ultimate global-change trip, though, is probably Antarctica, where a section of the Wilkins ice shelf the size of Connecticut is said to have collapsed.
It's a long voyage, and not the easiest nor the cheapest. So it's worth considering a trip being offered by Abercrombie & Kent, which specializes in luxury travel and comfort in rugged places.
Dec. 7-20, Dr. James McClintock, a professor of polar and marine biology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, will lead a 14-day Antarctic trip aboard the Minerva, an expedition ship with comforts. Book by June 30 and get a 25 percent discount, with discounted prices starting at $5,697 per person, double.
---PHOTO: Greenland, 2007; photo by JANE WOOLDRIDGE/ THE MIAMI HERALD.