In this special Planet Pod episode Amanda catches up with renowned arctic explorer, advocate and visionary Pen Hadow who talks about what inspired him to push the boundaries of exploration in the arctic region.
Pen describes the disturbing truth of what he has seen with his own eyes – the gradual destruction of what he calls the “floating ice reef ecosystem” of the arctic. He highlights the vulnerability of an entire habitat from unchecked commercial fishing, international shipping and mineral extraction in the region.
Pen then gives a call to action for all of us to tackle climate change and highlights the important international advocacy work of the 90o North Unit.
The 90º North Unit, founded by Pen, is the only organisation exclusively dedicated to protecting the wildlife and floating ice-reef ecosystem in the Arctic Ocean’s international waters. The Unit is catalysing the conservation process within the United Nations to create the world’s largest protected marine area by 2032.
Many thanks to Charles Russell Speechlys for hosting this podcast.