Alison Sudol: Get loud for the Antarctic
Alison Sudol boarded a Greenpeace ship earlier this year for a firsthand look at how important it is to protect the beauty of the Antarctic.
Image: Daniel Beltrá/Greenpeace
I’ve cared about the oceans for a long time. When I was in London filming the second Fantastic Beasts film, I told my dear friend and trusted environmental advisor, Synchronicity Earth’s co-founder Jessica Sweidan, that I wanted to go on an expedition so I could experience the kind of wild nature I’ve been fighting for firsthand. She brought me into Greenpeace, and before I knew it, I found myself agreeing to go to the Antarctic on the Arctic Sunrise, which was easily the maddest, scariest, most adventurous thing I’d ever done.
I found the idea of going somewhere so far beyond human reach very compelling. Humans have ruined so much of our planet, but the Antarctic is still fairly untouched, comparatively, at least. To have an opportunity to protect a region while it is still fairly healthy before irrevocable damage has had a chance to take hold was something that felt like a real honor to be a part of. Also, how many people actually get to visit the Antarctic—one of the most alien, majestic landscapes on earth?
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