The latitude 56°32’S of the Diego Ramírez islands mark the continental tip of Chile and the beginning of the 780 kilometer section between Chile and the Antarctic territory. Chile is not only the closest country to the South Pole, but also its geography and climate are determined by its influence. The Antarctic circumpolar current, which causes the freezing of the continent and the cooling of the Humboldt current, is also the cause of desertification and the clarity of the skies in the Atacama.
Antarctica has become a laboratory for the study of climate change. Its global categorization as a protected and restricted continent has made it the setting for exploration, integration, and scientific cooperation. Its condition of pristine space today makes it an unequivocal test tube of the world climate that today delivers alarm signals. Scientific knowledge has warned about the dimensions of the acceleration of global warming and its possible consequences, however, it has not been able to convey the message with the necessary urgency, causing a gap in communication between both parties. This is promoted by an indolent society that does not want to address the problem by taking a comfortable position from ignorance.
Chile, as a guarantor country of the Antarctic treaty, and aware of its vocation and destiny as a southern country, is positioned through this project with the responsibility of deepening the development of Antarctic science and channeling its results towards awareness, through a scientific and dissemination program that will position the city of Punta Arenas as a platform of global relevance from which the urgent dialogue between science and society will be born.
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