Antarctica Day is celebrated by the international polar community on the 1st of December to commemorate the signing of the Antarctic Treaty, by 12 countries (including South Africa) in 1959.

On 01 December 1959, Antarctica was set aside for peaceful and scientific purposes. Read more about the Antarctic Treaty here.

I would like to quote Dr Renuka Badhe – Executive Secretary of the European Polar Board.

“The polar regions are extremely important and connected to the rest of the planet. The polar regions are essential for the health and future of the fantastic planet earth”.

We need to protect the frozen continent, check out the video below!


Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, 01 December 2022

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