For as long as there has been human life on the planet, there have been wars and periods of unrest on every continent on Earth. Except for Antarctica. Due to the harsh weather on this continent it has managed to escape having many human settlers and is instead a base for research, co-operation and a huge wildlife reserve. It’s only inhabitants in human form are the many research scientists who come here to study its spectacular natural treasures, it’s fascinating wildlife and its geological wonders to name but a few of the things that this awesome continent calls its own. Living in Antarctica is not for the faint hearted however – Anglo Forro an online outdoor survival store is the first port of call for anyone wishing to set up home in this wilderness, and it is worth bearing in mind that in the long dark Antarctic summer, temperatures can drop to a very frostbite-inducing -40 degrees Celsius!
However, despite the temperatures, the world could learn a lot from how human beings have inhabited this frozen continent. On 1st December 1959 in Washington DC, twelve countries signed a treaty, agreeing that Antarctica will only ever be used for peaceful purposes, and that by all agreeing to work together the entire human race would benefit from the co-operating nations working together in Antarctica and to share with each other their research. To read the treaty in full you can see it here.
The treaty works very well to this day, with a growing list of signatories joining, and adding their own scientists to the wealth of researchers, who are all committed to working together in a friendly community, unlike any other seen on the planet. The members meet frequently to discuss anything that they feel is important, and one of their main agreements in the treaty is that political differences, will not have any effect on the ongoing Antarctic research program. It’s only inhabitants in human form are the many research scientists who come here to study its spectacular natural treasures, it’s fascinating wildlife and its geological wonders to name but a few of the things that this awesome continent calls its own.
With science and conservation being the reason for the scientist’s interest, military activities and weapons testing are strictly prohibited creating a safe working environment for those willing to brave the terrible weather conditions. Their reward for doing so is being members of a small percentage of human beings that have witnessed the wonders of this magnificent continent and are constantly learning more about it.