A group of Lincolnites returned home on Sunday from a visit to Antarctica. The Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools organized the trip, which included lectures on Climatology.
Nick Cusick is one of eight Nebraskans who made the journey. He said of the journey "It's definitely a kind of life changing thing to see what's down there."
Arriving home to find their luggage hadn't arrived was no big deal for Ruth Gerber who braved one of the most dangerous waterways in the world to reach Antarctica. Gerber said "A fall into the water on the boat - two minutes and you'd be done for, its so cold. "
Cusick said the trip taught him a lot about climate change: " I probably for the first time could understand now that indeed if climate change does happen in a severe way that if the oceans did rise, you could see enough ice and snow that its something you need to be concerned about."
For Gerber, discussion of climate change brought about more questions than answers. She added "How do you prepare for the climate change that we're seeing the trend now, the different ways the climate is changing. How should we prepare for that as individuals?"
This is the seventh year in a row the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools has organized an "adventure trip" or "friend-raiser" as they call it. It is the first year they've chosen Antarctica as a destination.
For a head's up on future trips or more information and ways the organization uses these opportunities to raise money for educational programs, log on to www.foundationforlps.org .