Shared Winning entry – ANTARCTIC FLIGHT COMPETITION 2021

Toby Davis
Year 12 Hawker College

The question of climate change is a big one, and as much as we might like it to be, it’s not something that can be solved with the simple flick of a switch.

For years we’ve observed the steady warming of global temperatures, rising sea levels and advancing shorelines, endangering animal species and coastal human settlements alike.  However, possibly nowhere on Earth is being hit harder than the Antarctic.  Despite its icy landscapes being protected by the International Antarctic Treaty System, this arid world is living under threat from warming temperatures which are depleting ice levels and contributing to rising sea levels.  To further complicate things, the treaty system is fragile at best, and with increasing demand from global societies, Antarctica may become humanity’s next “all-you-can-eat buffet” of natural resources.

It’s obvious that this is a complex issue that doesn’t have one solution, nor can be solved by any one person.  However, I believe that I can make a difference by utilising my creative and scientific passions to share the story of Antarctica’s pain and help create solutions in the future.