Westarctica is the ONLY nonprofit organization in the world dedicated entirely to Western Antarctica.

Western Antarctica is one of the most fragile ecosystems on the planet, yet there is no single organization dedicated to studying and preserving this vast, magnificent, desolate region.  It falls under the political dominion of no government, thus Western Antarctica has no voice in the international community.

 

Westarctica seeks to change that by acting as Western Antarctica's advocate to the world.  In line with our mission, we have established ourselves as an independent nation with self-granted sovereignty, free from restrictions or obligations imposed by other countries.

OUR CAMPAIGNS

Global Ecocide Prevention

Ecocide, the willful destruction of the natural environment, is an issue that is especially important in Western Antarctica.  Westarctica is actively waging a campaign to publicly shame corporations, countries, and individuals who destroy earth's ecosystems through intentional or negligent actions.  Ecocide is a crime against peace because it contributes to climate change and causes atrocities such as famine, drought, raised sea levels, deforestation, and the extinction of endangered species.

Ecocide is not just a crime against the planet, it is a crime against humanity.  Only through international cooperation can we put an end to willful destruction and exploitation of natural resources.  As a member of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in 2015 Westarctica participated in planning sessions to implement the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in the coming decade.

In 2018, Westarctica was an official partner with The Peoples Climate Movement to help organize the Rise For Climate protests.  Rise for Climate involved over 900 worldwide mass public demonstrations against the use of fossil fuels and other practices that damage the environment.

Preserving and Monitoring the WAIS

With an estimated volume of 2.2 million km3, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is one of the largest repositories of fresh water ice in the world.  And unfortunately, it's losing mass at an alarming rate, to the tune of 121 billion tons per year!  There has been a 75% increase in the loss of ice over the past twenty years.  If the ice sheet were to fail completely and slip into the ocean, global sea levels would rise by 15 feet (4.8 meters), resulting in catastrophic conditions for coastal areas.

 

Polar ice experts are just now beginning to pay increased attention to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, but we believe more action is needed before the situation becomes irreversible.  Westarctica is dedicated to educating the public about the melting Antarctic icecap and showing people that they can prevent rising sea levels by taking simple steps right in their own home!

As a result of our 2015 letter writing campaign, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet was included as a topic of discussion during the 2015 Paris Climate Accords.

Advocacy Through Occupation

Despite covering an area of 620,000 square miles (1,610,000 km2), Western Antarctica has not been claimed by any sovereign nation.  As a result, it lacks the full time, permanently-occupied research stations found in other regions of the Antarctic continent.  This lack of permanent occupation is directly responsible for decreased scientific activity in what is arguably the most ecologically important location on the planet.

 

Westarctica has, since its founding in 2001, dedicated itself to building and occupying a research station on the continent of Antarctica.  Once Western Antarctica has a permanent, year-round population, it will garner increased interest and resources from the international community.  Through occupation of the territory, we can achieve our goal of advocating for the conservation and preservation of this critical ecosystem.

 

In 2015, we coordinated with Valery Lukin, the head of the Russian Antarctic Expedition to secure permission for Westarctica to utilize their decommissioned Russkaya research station at Cape Burks in a future expedition to the continent.  This was a major step forward for our colonization efforts as well as our partnership with international Antarctic organizations.

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Westarctica's mission is to serve as the global voice for Western Antarctica, to protect the plants and animals within its borders and in its seas, and to monitor and conserve the West Antarctic Ice Sheet by being a leader in ecological activism.

Our primary governing documents are our Articles of Incorporation, our Bylaws, and the Charter of Westarctica.

The Charter of Westarctica

 

Preamble: The people of Westarctica hereby proclaim that this Charter shall serve as the guiding document for administering the affairs of our Territory while moving toward our primary goal of permanent occupation of our claimed geographic Territory by our citizens.

 

 

ARTICLE 1: THE TERRITORY

The Territory of Westarctica was established on 2 November 2001 and has existed continually from that day forward. The land on which Westarctica rests was previously unclaimed by any nation or person. Westarctica exists on the continent of Antarctica and is fully contained within the geographic borders between 90 degrees west and 150 degrees west and south of 60 degrees south to include all seas and ice shelves.

 

ARTICLE 2: CITIZENSHIP

Although Antarctica has no indigenous population, the citizens of Westarctica are a body of individuals who share a like-minded creative spirit and a desire to permanently inhabit the region of Antarctica known as Marie Byrd Land. Citizens may transit the national borders of Westarctica at any time. Citizens have the right to forfeit their citizenship at any time. Citizens of Westarctica are guaranteed personal liberty and freedom of expression regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, political creed, or philosophical views.

 

ARTICLE 3: THE GOVERNMENT

The Grand Duke is the chief administrator of Westarctica and the representative of the Westarctican people to the world at large. The office of the Grand Duke is for life. He is assisted by a High Commissioner and appoints officers, such as magistrates and commissioners as he sees fit. The Prime Minister is the chief legislator of Westarctica and may enact laws, known as Ordinances, for the peace, order, and good government of the Territory with the approval of the Grand Duke or a 2/3 majority of the citizens. The Grand Duke may name his successor.

 

ARTICLE 4: HEREDITARY LAND OWNERSHIP

All land claimed as the Territory of Westarctica is the personal property of Grand Duke Travis. At his sole discretion, the Grand Duke may donate, sell, or otherwise dispose of his property as he sees fit. Citizens of Westarctica who receive land from the Grand Duke become the new owners of the granted property. The titles of nobility attached to these lands are hereditary, but remain under the governance of the administration of Westarctica and may be rescinded in the case of disloyalty or forfeiture of citizenship. All previously issued titles and land deeds are hereby recognized.

 

ARTICLE 5: INTERNATIONAL STATUS

The Territory of Westarctica is administered as an extraterritorial entity free from the jurisdiction of any and all world governments.

 

ARTICLE 6: CHARITABLE PRINCIPLES

Westarctica's aims are entirely charitable and our organization is not intended for the private gain of any individual.  Specifically, Westarctica's purpose is to (1) identify, research, and monitor issues of importance affecting animal life and the environment of the western section of Antarctica between 90 degrees west and 150 degrees west and south of 60 degrees south to include all seas and ice shelves; (2) increase public awareness and understanding of environmental issues specific to the Antarctic continent through the media and other education programs; and (3) develop and implement programs to aid in the study and protection of animal life in Antarctica.

PDF of Charter in Other Languages

​(C) 2014 - 2019  Westarctica Incorporated

A 501c(3) tax-exempt charitable corporation

Westarctica holds non-consultative status with the

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs - NGO Branch

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