There is much to explain but let this first post summarize the origin story of the what and the where it is that I am visiting.
Located in the Arctic Ocean in-between the North Pole and mainland Norway, the Svalbard archipelago (a fancy word for saying island chain) hosts an incredibly vital, yet not universally known, bunker called the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
This vault was created by the Norwegian people as means for harboring a global safe-haven where the world's gene bank samples of plant and crop life are most likely to be safe and well preserved. Thousands of gene banks exist around the world and contain samples of the crop life that we as a planet need to survive; in the case where a variety of crop life goes extinct in the changing climates to come, gene banks have a backup secured. Most of the gene banks, although, are at some risk of either climate instability or disaster, outbreaks of war, or other outside factors that could harm the longevity of their seed samples. Svalbard, however, is an isolated, frigid, and more or less consistent environment where samples can remain at frozen temperatures ideal for longterm conservation. Forged down and into a mountain on the island, the Vault is to its own.
A part of me will never be able to get passed the fact that in the face of fear of ourselves and the damages we continue to make towards our environment, there is now this growing back-up of everything we would need to rebuild from our self-inflicted ashes. There is a beauty and a horror in this irony that drew me towards the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and created the catalyst for me to harvest a project there.
In a world where the tomorrow in so unsure of its climate possibilities, we need a Global Seed Vault to store a back-up of the world's plant & crop life as we now know it. This may be the key to our self-made problem of restoring a planet after we annihilate it.