What next? Shooting Panda's to raise awareness of endangerd species?
I think you are missing the point.
you read the Carbon Neutral Expeditions website you will see that their raison d'etre is summarised thus:While expeditions often achieve impressive objectives — whether it be climbing the highest mountain or crossing the largest ice cap — few take into account the environmental impacts of such undertakings. As a result most expeditions are . . . responsible for damaging the very landscapes they seek to explore.
They are explorers and expeditionaries foremost, not campaigners. Their intent is only to show that we can mount expeditions to the few remaining wild areas of this planet without damaging them. Their patron is Dr Mike Stroud, a famous expeditionary photographer and most definitely not a tree-hugging sandal wearing yoghourt muncher of popular mythology. He says:"Unnecessary injection of extra pollutants into these previously pristine environments, is unjustifiable if the purpose of the journey is merely to undertake a challenge, especially if aircraft are involved since remote operations in the cold require so much fuel. Yet it would be tragic were these considerations to totally stop adventurous men and women from experiencing these wonderful regions and testing themselves under the harshest of circumstances".
I think the critical word in the above statemetn is 'unnecesary'. How anyone can disagree with the stated aims of this group is beyond me. Presumably the critics on here believe that the very best polar exploration involves thirty skidoos with air support and piles of human excrement marking the trail.
As for the alleged 'irony' - well, rescuer and rescuee were operating under totally different parameters. Carbon Neutral Expeditions were off on a jolly, taking care to minimise their environmental impact while they did so because they wanted to. The tanker was delivering oil, no doubt by the most economical route and maximising the uk company's profits as it did so. All they had in common was they were both in the area at the time and one rescued the other as per the laws and traditions of the sea. I don't see any irony.
Irony would be if the crew of Rainbow Warrior were rescued by a whaling ship. This was just a yacht that got into diffiiculties.
In practice if not in spirit Bill Tilman must have been one of the first sailing carbon neutral expeditionaries. Anyone want to start slagging him off?