I said it once before, and I'll say it again: if you don't want to go, don't go. If one finds it offensive to go (financially? "carbonally"? whatever?), then stay home, or go somewhere else. However, please don't berate those of us who have gone, went again, and will likely go in the future. And, please, don't try to reduce going or not going to a formula: "X" number of passengers x "Y" length of vessel x "Z" amount of fuel burned, etc. This is simply ridiculous, and does border on, well, Michael said it best, Bull Sh*t.
I prefer the engraving above the arch at the northern entrance of Yellowstone: "For the enjoyment of the people".
Tourism to Antarctica is closely monitored. Let's enjoy this amazing planet. Personally, I found the experience a "religious" one. Camera or no camera. Listen folks, it ain't just about taking photographs. There were many times when I set the camera down, sat down, and just tried to take it all in.
Indeed, let's move on to something more productive. Speaking of which, I think I still have another couple more thousand images to cull through in Lightroom.
Thanks Michael et al, I had a blast on both trips.