In a world where vested interests and conflicts are commonplace, Antarctica stands out as a polar opposite. While Mother Nature ensures everything else about Antarctica is in constant flux, international human commitment to understanding the continent stands firm and stable. Such harmony is rare and worth preserving.
The Antarctic Treaty, signed in 1959, is an exemplar of international cooperation in which land ownership does not exist and there is a shared commitment to sensitively explore and protect the continent. Such enduring collaboration is unprecedented and offers food for thought about future models for our planet.