Brittish Antarctic Survey do Live Earth : Nunatak Play Rothera
"You've got to remember, although we've got a very big following within the British Antarctic Survey (BAS)— and in particular, Rothera station — we may not have the worldwide renown that some of the other acts have,"So says Tristan Thorne, fiddler for Nunatak and soon to be international superstar.
Nunatek have been 'selected' to represent antarctica this saturday for Live Earth. I use inverted commas around selected as at this time of year you cant get in or out of Rothera station, and there are Nunatek and 17 other scientists so the selection process wasnt to difficult.
Apparently Al Gore has known the head of BAS for some time so the request fell upon
sympathetic ears. And in terms of an opportunity to promote climate sicence there arent
many opportunities like this!
Director of BAS, Professor Chris Rapley, CBE said,
“The need to reduce our carbon emissions to avoid serious climate change is one of the greatest challenges humans have had to confront – is a complex issue that will only be solved by us all working together – scientists, politicians and society. Right now, Antarctic scientists and our colleagues in the Arctic are taking part in International Polar Year - the biggest ever globally co-ordinated research effort – to help find the way forward. Hopefully, Live Earth will make a real difference in public awareness and attract talented young people to become scientists – it’s a cool job with a real purpose. I am looking forward to Nunatak’s appearance in the Live Earth concert inspiring young people the world over.”
Tristan was recently interviewed on NPR, that 5 minute interview can be listened to here.
Finally, it wulddnt be right to talk about BAS without mentioning the International Polar Year, a huge collaborative year of focused scientific research that draws on researchers from all around the world. Perhaps the largest scientific applied research project ever undertaken.
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