Westarctica seeks to engage technology and people in service of the environment while pursuing sovereignty for Western Antarctica.
Westarctica : 20 Years on Ice
2022 Conservation Scholarship
The 2022 Westarctica Conservation Scholarship has been awarded to Michael Cary, a doctoral student in Natural Resource Economics at West Virginia University's Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. His research proposal aims to assess if the Kyoto Protocol has been effective at reducing carbon emissions in key industries, specifically cement manufacturing.
Preliminary research suggests that the Kyoto Protocol has caused a drop in CO2 levels, but additional research is necessary to confirm these findings. Mr. Cary will utilize the scholarship grant money to extend his current research to determine how nations in the Global South are impacted by international climate agreements from an economic perspective.
As a sovereign nation-state, Westarctica engages in foreign relations with many nations, micronations, and other international governmental organizations. Grand Duke Travis has undertaken many state visits on behalf of Westarctica and has traveled widely to promote the country's interests and to help raise awareness of micronations in general.
Our foreign affairs program includes our Honorary Consular Corps, consisting of dozens of individuals representing Westarctica's interests around the world.
You CAN make a difference.
By taking action in support of Westarctica's ongoing conservation efforts, YOU will be an integral part of our fight against rising sea levels.
Simple actions include:
Recycling bottles, cans, glass, and paper.
Reduce consumption of meat.
Reusing water bottles and plastic bags.
Utilizing public transportation or driving a hybrid vehicle.
Conserving water use in your home.
Participate in a Climate rally.
"Don't Want to Miss You"
Westarctica's mission to reduce the effects of climate change have recently caught the attention of multi-platinum recording artist Griffith Frank, who decided to help us accomplish our goals by releasing a charity single titled "Don't Want to Miss You."
This song is a "love song to Antarctica" and was brought to life by the vocal talents of singer Lindsay Gitter.
Proceeds from the sales and streams of this song benefit Westarctica and it's our greatest hope that everyone who hears these beautiful lyrics will be inspired to do their part to save the fragile beauty of the Antarctic continent.
WESTARCTICA IN THE PRESS
The Wall Street Journal
22 June 2020
Grand Duke Travis ... claimed 620,000 square miles next to the South Pole on the basis that nobody else has, then registered Westarctica as a charity to raise awareness of how climate change is affecting wildlife in Antarctica.
Westarctica is moving steadily to establish a frozen foothold in the large unclaimed portion of the frozen continent. It professes an ambition to actually inhabit the land it's claimed, and then open it up to tourism. Better pack the long johns.
In 2004, Travis exploited a loophole in the Antarctic Treaty to name himself Grand Duke of Westarctica on Marie Byrd Land – but the US Navy, which disapproved of its lieutenant's territorial claims, forced him to abdicate.