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Don't Visit Antarctica: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Tourism in Antarctica is ruining the environment. So don't go there. Just go to Alaska. Who even knows the difference? Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver
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Chadrach William (2 days ago)
They don't give a crap about the environmental impacts. They just want it ALL for themselves and fear at some point a tourist will discover what's really going on there. Didn't the Russians find a new type of octopus in the lake buried under the Ice? What about the Nazi Artifacts? Why can't we see the junk they left Behind? Admiral whats his face and operation highjump? Let's cover that stuff, inquiring minds still want to know, hook it up Johny O
Lenny Lynch (1 month ago)
Antarctica = anti Arctic, so why do americans pronounce them differently? they say "anartica"
dude (1 month ago)
I'm gonna eat this 400 000 years old piece of ice and turn it into urine. Yay!
Sofi Calderon (1 month ago)
Disgusted by my own specie
erkblitz2 (1 month ago)
What they never show you is the ice coming back
Cornet Emelyne (2 months ago)
Yes please do come to Belgium I'll rent you my room in Belgium while I take yours in NYC. Belgium is truly wonderful, no lie
imakefoodhappen (2 months ago)
The Antarctic treaty has strict rules on how to interact with the continent and the wildlife. You can't just go there and start poking things. No more than 100 people are allowed on the continent at one time. You are not allowed to touch any wildlife. You're not allowed to take or leave anything. It's also very expensive to go. Organizations like National Geographic take people there for tourism but they also use 25% of the proceeds for scientific research and preservation purposes. Responsible tourism to remote destinations put those destinations on the map for the average person. Without any accessibility, places like Antarctica might as well be fairylands that people feel no responsibility towards. They're not inclined to care about it. Taking people there and showing that this is a real place with real life creates so much awareness and activism, it outweighs the footprint left behind. Antarctica has no native population so it has no one to create awareness for its preservation. Showing people that there's this vast land there, there's life and everything you do back home has an impact there is beneficial. People care about global warming and the fate of arctic wildlife a lot more after they've witnessed how magnificent it is or after they've heard the stories of their friend who've visited it and was transformed. If you ban Antarctica, no one's gonna care about it as much other than actual scientists.
Foreverman (2 months ago)
Rich fuckheads aren't satisfied with the South Pacific islands anymore and The Moon isn't available yet. Posh cuntwads!!
Robert McConnell (2 months ago)
Well it settled. The illuminati got John Oliver. They are using him to keep people from discovering that Antarctica is just a big ice wall that keeps water from falling off the flat earth.
Koos van Zyl (2 months ago)
Jonny-5 (2 months ago)
You know you're an idiot when you think water is fresher because it's 400,000 years old. Also, I could see the flattards jumping all over this news piece..."see, they says not to go there, cuz they knows it don't exist!"
Chloe Weightman (3 months ago)
I just came here for the Seal, it’s just too adorable ☺️
Chloe Weightman (3 months ago)
*WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!* For just one second, he sounded like Gordon Ramsey 😆
Jan Hemstad (3 months ago)
Better plan. Take all the Flat Earthers, and send them to Antarctica. Tell them they can leave when they find the edge of the Earth. Then ban everyone from going there, because no one is going to need or want to pick them up anyway.
Free Bite (3 months ago)
You should have said something like, "It's untainted land, so don't come and taint it. Seriously, leave it untainted"
1873Winchester (4 months ago)
Fucking tourists, nomatter where they go they fuck things up. You traveling, polluting fuckholes
S.R.Gokul Krishnan (4 months ago)
Antarctica never was on my mind even once until just now. Now really want to book a tour for Antarctica lol!
Kai Sea (4 months ago)
Well then. After watching 'A Place Further than the Universe' I figured it was one of the last wild places on earth. But yeah not a great idea. Eesh. Protip: There are other places you can see penguins. Such as Phillips Island over here in Australia, we have fairy penguins! It's a lot warmer than Antarctica and you can watch them come in from the sea to feed their chicks. Also aren't you supposed to stay 500 metres away from the penguins in Antarctica?
Brem (4 months ago)
The lack of pronunciation of the first C in, Antarctica or the C in, adjective is an odd thing to me.
Astrobrant2 (4 months ago)
The freshest water in the world is 400 thousand years old? Um, almost ALL water on this planet is billions of years old. Now, I feel the need to go out and find some super-fresh, 20-year-old lettuce!
Maybe Keith Chan (4 months ago)
4000 year old water? isn't that worse than a forgotten frozen ham in the freezer for 10 years?
Obataladance (4 months ago)
I dont believe anything said on this video, those people you see are probably in the coast of south of Chile and Argentina but definitely not in Antartica. Antartica is the most militarized place on earth, you need a special permission for sailing "nearby" but not close to it and there is not turists at all..This video is nonsense propaganda!
b1aflatoxin (4 months ago)
My conspiracy guru can beat-up your conspiracy guru!
Xogamerz BTD (4 months ago)
Pack up the laguage Boyz! We are NOT going to Antarctica.
Joe Jack (4 months ago)
lol this is retarded
Nachdenklicher Smiley (4 months ago)
2:40 F*ck new Zeeland.
Tom Sistermans (5 months ago)
I live next to Belgium, I've been there very often... SO EXOTIC!?
S B (5 months ago)
i agree we shouldnt pollute it, but can we please get someone to go and get proof that we already have, so the flat earthers will shut the hell up about "ice walls" ive never met a group of idiots who will stare at millions of photos, and thousands of videos, and still say "nah its flat" i was hoping Darwinism would kick them in the ass by now, but nope, some how they still exist.
b1aflatoxin (4 months ago)
Yes, all flat-Earth cultists should go away. Send them to The Wall!!!
nicolas Caballero (5 months ago)
tell that to the girls from a place further than the universe (dumbass bitches)
Douglas R (5 months ago)
I agree screw it
Harold Gottfried (5 months ago)
A Place Farther Than The Universe seems a lot less innocent.
Zen Ninja (5 months ago)
Does anyone know what that music is called? Its epic!
thu trang nguyen vu (5 months ago)
I am totally persuaded already
Avalloc (5 months ago)
If you want to see penguins, there are colonies of them in NZ, plenty of seals and sealions as well, or you can goto the international antartic center in christchurch, they have several rescue penguins and an entire educational facility regarding antartica.
Ya'el Rothke (5 months ago)
"Some of the freshest water you've probably ever tasted, just full of eons' worth of penguin crap."
phalexa Sky (5 months ago)
I wanted to, but the reason is obvious why not
Iris Delahoussaye (5 months ago)
If you want to see penguins, go to your local zoo
Thomas The Queen (5 months ago)
"Probably the freshest water you'll ever drink because it dates back 40 thousand years..." STOP, NO. LEAVE NOW. IT'S A PURE LAND, LEAVE IT BE YOU HEATHEN. IT'S PURE BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T FUCKED IT UP.
Qaws Qaws (5 months ago)
Come to İstanbul
Cody Roseberry (6 months ago)
2:44 Yeah who gives a shit about Australia anyway right
Oggatha Christie (6 months ago)
They just don't want us to see them excavating the spaceship & Antarctica pyramid. :P
But I must go there! My mom's waiting there for me!
Choco rroles (6 months ago)
the girls are not alright
Raoul Duke (6 months ago)
They're just trying to hide flat Earth!!!
Ashwin Arun (7 months ago)
2:43 Ironically, Alaska wasn't in that circle.
Cringe Hunter (7 months ago)
2:42 notice how Alaska is actually left out of the circle
William Poetra Yoga (7 months ago)
Maybe they were just Linux fans?
Jazz Katua (7 months ago)
I hope no(dead)body gets to the U.S., because in the Land of the FREE everyone could get SHOT TO DEATH for NO REASON, FCOL! cfr. Nikolas Cruz Now you, stupid JOHN OLIVER!
Marco DiPietro (7 months ago)
That moment when you realize the oval they drew doesn't actually contain Alaska. You gotta cover the entire globe, John. (Minus Antarctica bc that's the whole point)
Corey Gray (8 months ago)
Now I wanna go there
Anna Elise (8 months ago)
Oh no. I want to work there to help the people studying. I wonder how I can help? Why is everything I love dying?
BornToRunBarefoot (8 months ago)
Disagree. Humans are part of the Earth’s biodiversity and environmental change has been happening for as the Earth has existed and will continue to happen for as long as it exists in the future.
Papa Xan (8 months ago)
They don't want you to visit Antarctica because people will discover the ice wall that all the Flat Earthers have been telling us about, thus proving wrong all the science we've been taught, and that has been proven correct for a thousand years!
Nick Akers (8 months ago)
I’ve been to Belgium!
james evarts (8 months ago)
sam1344t5y7i98 (8 months ago)
2:23 Something tells me this isn't Belgium
VentusWayfinder (8 months ago)
I'm a bit late, but as someone who got the chance to visit Antarctica, I just wanted to add some information with that perspective. Of course, I'm NOT advocating for Antarctica to be completely overrun by tourism. But I wanted to say that at least the tourist cruise lines have really tight regulations on how visitors behave there. You have to wash your boots and such before and after each landing and you can only walk on certain paths made by the guides. Additionally, (at least for the cruise line we went on) the amount of people allowed to go is limited and most places have a limit to the number of people that can be on land at once. A large portion of the cruise was also dedicated to lectures about the ecosystem there, how to preserve it, and how humans shamefully used it in the past (i.e. whaling stations; god, it was chilling that our sole continental landing was where the peak of whaling happened there...). The staff, too, was made of a lot of biologists focused on the conservation effort of these places. I guess, I'm trying to say that while we shouldn't let tourism become rampant and ruin the place, I think that if you really want to go, there are very responsible tour groups that can take you there and even teach you how to not ruin the place.
Alain Bercier (8 months ago)
But that will completely ruin the Antarctic tourism industry and all native Antarcticans will fall into poverty.
Sam Dragonborn (8 months ago)
Alain Bercier those poor penguins will have to resort to petty theft
Cairo Dupree (8 months ago)
Instructions unclear, got dick stuck in toaster instead of freezer.
Iana Araújo (8 months ago)
Tourists fuck up any natural landscape they visit, it's actually a talent.
Ewan Gatzea (9 months ago)
2:42 so..I can not go to patagonia either half of Australia neither New Zealand
CodeNameJaz (9 months ago)
I never thought that I'd use my SpyKids 3D glasses ever again but... the day has come.
CodeNameJaz I upgraded to Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3D Glasses...
Nall Dale (9 months ago)
Mmm boy... in that circle, they left out New Zealand 🇳🇿.... /kiwisforlofe
Melissa Weber (9 months ago)
Humans are disgustingly stupid.
Jonathan Reisman (10 months ago)
dont go to ant tart teeka
KNEW WORLD TOO (10 months ago)
The average individual CAN'T go there from my understanding. JOHN OLIVER  CLICK BAIT EXCLUSIVE.
C Sbastianygaumnitz (10 months ago)
I love this man
Hana Bii (10 months ago)
why do I feel like they're always picking on Belgium?
Karel Plets (10 months ago)
I live in Belgium, so.....
Golden 47 (10 months ago)
Penguins need to build a wall around Antartica - republicans logic
Golden 47 (10 months ago)
Wall is the solution to every problem
Widdekuu91 (10 months ago)
2:23 Bish there's an American Flag in the effing right corner. I'm not easily dissapointed in John's video's, but this broke my heart a bit.
LazyLazarus (10 months ago)
This is the one time 'Failed step 1, got dick caught in fan' would work
Tiia Mannix (10 months ago)
2:44 So no more Australia? But I want to see those hoppy penguins that put smaller penguins inside of them!
Renske Dunnewold (10 months ago)
Belgium is an hour away by car from the city I grew up in, so yeah. I think it is safe to assume that most of my friends have been there.
ming-yen j (10 months ago)
I laughed so hard I drooled
Safrus Salmus (10 months ago)
They don't want people in Antarktika, becuase they might see the dome and/or realise that antarctica goes around the planet like so https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2f/Flat_earth.png PS: I'm just making fun of flat earthers, i'm not one.
carultch (7 months ago)
If the Flat Earthers were correct, we wouldn't have issues with trying to project the world map onto a flat piece of paper. There would be no need for Mercator, Robinson, Goode, Mollweide, Eckert, and Gall–Peters to make their own versions of the map. Everyone would have the same map, the azimuthal equidistant, if that really were the case.
Train to Fight TV (10 months ago)
I don't live in that red circle I don't like this show any more
Jamie Roby (8 months ago)
That's a green circle.
Adrian Jutronich (10 months ago)
I don't think tourists are kinda the problem. Oil companies drilling there must cause a lot more damage than a couple stupid tourists looking at the stupid birds.
FjorgVanDerPlurgh (11 months ago)
John oliver is a cuntrag
Gathuku Matheri (11 months ago)
Uhm it's pronounced Ant-arc-tic-a the first t is in the first syllable not An-tarc-tic-a
carultch (7 months ago)
I don't give a flying fuck.
NOBEL DJ (11 months ago)
Come to alaska we have moose that can kill u while driving we have high sucide and crime rates and we r a very republican state plus its so fucking cold
Feng Xiao (11 months ago)
so a penguin should be allowed to walk on Antarctica but I shouldn't? fuck left media
Anton Jacquard (11 months ago)
I never wanted to go to Antarctica until now.
Jos Meid (11 months ago)
Sooo... now Mr. Oliver wants to make an entire continent off limits.
3 years its worst!
-Gemberkoekje- (1 year ago)
Belgium is my neighbour
Luís Almeida (1 year ago)
This was so good... :)
Hi-I’m-Liu (1 year ago)
I stole 3D glasses to watch this
The Gaming Castle (1 year ago)
So..... its best if i dont Go to Australia either?
BonDieu617 (1 year ago)
Hey, I'm Belgian! Find me a better place if you don't want me to go to Antarctica >:(
Roman Soiko (1 year ago)
I am still going got to climb VInson Massif (highest point in Antarctica) Belgium is not really exotic
Massimo Maniscalco (1 year ago)
i actually know where is Alaska, because Antartica has no land underneath :D
carultch (7 months ago)
Antarctica does have land under most of it, but about a quarter of the ice sheet is floating on the ocean. If you reveal the actual land beneath all that ice, assuming the sea level stays the same, Antarctica is actually an archipelago of islands, and the largest of them is smaller than Greenland. https://imgur.com/gallery/X4LGvAc
Max Orbit (1 year ago)
It is the Arctic, the North pole, that has no land.
Massimo Maniscalco (1 year ago)
Damn, i was failed by my school teacher! :D she always taught me the opposite
Max Orbit (1 year ago)
Antarctica DOES have "land underneath". It's a continent.
you I (1 year ago)
i really wanna punch that penguin woman at 0:58 and that fuckin idiot ice sucker at 1:04
Nathan Haaren (1 year ago)
wwhhoooopwhoooop <3 BELGIUM !! <3
Antonio Rodriguez (1 year ago)
Another thing us humans call dibs on and ruin..
Lorgar Aurelian (1 year ago)
It's quite tragic actually. The last continent on Earth is slowly being destroyed by our selfish desires. We need to stop global warming and leave Antarctica alone.
Jean cool (1 year ago)
guthax30 (1 year ago)
This is a rare and beautiful thing...imma eat it.
Arg (1 year ago)
Yeah one of these 40000 tourists is my geology teacher
Eliza Wilson (1 year ago)
*facepalm* that guy in the kayak at 1:10 all I wanted to do is reach through my phone screen, give him a hearty slap in the face and say "what the fork are you doing you stupid shit, do you even know how old that ice is, you shouldn't be touching anything around you in Antarctica this is a sacred place that is getting smaller with each passing year and here you are going "hur dur dur I'm going to bite this ice because I'm a big dumb dummy dumb who doesn't give a crud about nature hur dur dur"…god some people need to grow some brain cells man
EVZYL (1 year ago)
We live just south of the green circle (2:43) in Chilean Patagonia. Gloriously far from the madding crowd.

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