Media release

25.03.2019

A young Cantabrian is hoping to unfreeze Antarctic science mystery with a new podcast series.

Antarctica Unfrozen, created by 21-year-old Blake Antarctic Ambassador Harry Seagar, launches today.

In February he spent 11 days in Antarctica hosted by Antarctica New Zealand.

Seagar says he’s hoping his podcasts will inspire everyday people to have a conversation about the environment.

“I’m just your average Joe who knows a little about Antarctica and cares about climate change, I want to share that with the world and keep a conversation going.”

The podcast has 10 different episodes covering a range of topics from climate change, wildlife and living at Scott Base.

“The episodes are conversation style, I’m asking these amazingly passionate people why they are excited about Antarctica and how we can get others passionate about the environment as well,” he says.

Sir Peter Blake Trust CEO James Gibson says Harry’s podcast project is a new, innovative way of sharing the Blake Antarctic Ambassador experience with all New Zealanders.

“When Sir Peter Blake was on board Seamaster he was using what was then innovative technology to communicate about global environmental issues.  So we’re excited to see Harry using today’s technology to tell stories about the important science work that goes on to help us understand how Antarctica is changing,” he says.

Antarctica New Zealand General Manager of Communications Megan Martin says the podcast will be a great way for New Zealanders to get an insight into Antarctic science.

“Antarctica and the Southern Ocean drive global climate and ocean circulation; what happens there effects the rest of the planet. It’s a fascinating place, but it’s difficult to get to.

“Harry’s podcast will help to take people on a virtual journey to the ice, showing them what we do to support Antarctic science and why it’s important,” she says.

The podcast is available on all major streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Podcasts now.

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For more information contact

Harry Seagar

harryseagar@gmail.com

021 117 2941

 

Antarctica New Zealand Communications Advisor

Georgia Nelson

g.nelson@antarcticanz.govt.nz

021 530 769