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The man that will live on an iceberg for a year
Italian explorer Alex Bellini is a man on a mission. In his own words: ‘I want to tell the story of how the ice becomes iceberg, and how the iceberg becomes water. I want to live on an iceberg for 12 months witnessing its last phase of life.’
The professional adventurer in no stranger to challenges since his resume is filled with daring escapades such as running for 70 days from Los Angeles to New York, a vertical exploration of Paris from underground catacombs to rooftops and a ‘casual’ crossing of the Atlantic after 225 days of rowing. Impressive to say the least.
In the latest chapter of his adventures, Adrift 2015, he is determined to camp on an iceberg in northwest Greenland for a year so he can monitor the stages in the life of an iceberg. Apart from the personal thrill and the scientific insight, Bellini claims through his Facebook page that his next adventure aims to invite people to talk more about climate and sustainability.
As he told Motherboard in an interview earlier this year: ‘My objective is reporting and investigating, by means of scientific methods, the entire lifetime of an iceberg. I want to prove how the pace of ice-melting has dramatically accelerated over the last decades.’
We all know about climate change and the danger it poses to all mankind but what do we actually do to prevent it?
Alex Bellini might not change the fate of this planet but it’s soothing to know that some people put in the time and effort to raise intel and awareness for the common good.