The National Geographic Enduance carries passengers to Antarctica.
Somewhere deep in the earth, in the middle of the Drake Passage, giant waves crash against the National Geographic Endurance, a vessel designed for tourism and travel to antarctica. The Endurance carries 126 passengers and can traverse the thick pack ice and hard waters that surround the frozen continent. Its purpose is to bring people to the ends of the earth as the climate crisis threatens almost every aspect of life on earth.
“Good Morning America” traveled aboard the ship to explore the impact of climate change on Antarctica and its fauna.
Climate change is also at the center of a one-of-a-kind art exhibition aboard the Endurance. “Change” is a collection of paintings, videos, photographs, sculptures and more, documenting the beauty of nature and the threats to the environment. It is the “very first permanent polar art installation on board a ship,” according to Lindblad Expeditions, an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic.
Artist Zaria Forman, who has made a career in documenting the climate crisis, curated the exhibition, which features a collection of works by over 30 artists exploring light, vast geographies (both above and below the sea), as well as human history and polar explorations.
With more than 300 works on Endurance Bridges, Forman says the purpose of the exhibition is a call to action on the climate crisis.
“Artists play a really vital role in helping to communicate these very complex issues related to the climate emergency,” she told ABC News. “It grows [us] in action to make decisions in our own households or businesses that can help alleviate the crisis. “