In today’s world where everyone is big on saving the planet, every action matters and even the seemingly innocent indiscretions can trigger huge controversies. That’s why it’s not surprising to see an Instagram post of a ‘small iceberg’ in a cocktail attracting harsh criticisms from followers. And it doesn’t help that the poster is “America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher,” TV show host, and bestselling author, Martha Stewart. Many people believe that she should have known better.
Martha Stewart, who was on a tour of Iceland and Greenland, got more than she bargained fmnn or when she shared her method for chilling drinks on her Instagram page. In a post on August 28th, Stewart shared pictures of a zodiac cruise she and other guests took as they explored glaciers on Greenland’s east coast. Part of the caption read, “We actually captured a small iceberg for our cocktails tonight.” In one of the pictures, she was holding a glass cup of creamy-looking liquid with chunks of iceberg sticking out.
It didn’t take long for her fans to air their views concerning how offensive her post was. “Martha I love ya. But weren’t you just talking about climate change with your wash out on your driveway in NY? Melting icebergs for a cocktail surely won’t help. I’m not even going to talk about the boat you’re on and how that can’t be good for climate change either,” a comment read.
One commenter wrote, “drinking their iceberg cocktails while the planet is in flames is a bit tone deaf,” while another comment read, “Martha the ice caps are melting don’t put them in your drink.”
However, there were also others that saw nothing wrong with the picture and tried to justify it. “This is normal on those excursions. The ice is already floating, not part of the ice mass, it is slowly melting in the ocean. Every tour company does it. We did it in Alaska and Patagonia. We did NOT disturb the glaciers,” someone wrote. Another said, “icebergs aren’t glaciers…and aren’t part of the polar ice caps. Icebergs are migratory and are birthed by calving glaciers. They will eventually melt…”
Stewart’s adventure was handled by Swan Hellenic Cruises, an industry leader in cultural expedition cruising. Swan Hellenic is known for organizing tours around “remote polar regions and truly off-the beaten path destinations.”
The company describes itself as one that has maintained a culture of care for people and the planet. It claims to exceed very strict sustainability standards and states that it is “one of the most sustainable choices for anyone looking to explore our beautiful planet.” Unfortunately, representatives of the company refused to make any comments on Stewart’s post despite requests made to that effect.
Stewart has continued to make posts of her trip to Greenland and also hit back on the critics in her Instagram stories. First, she put up a picture with the caption, “Pleated iceberg. perfect for cocktails!” The 82-year-old also reposted a Washington Post “Morning Mix” article with the headline, “Martha Stewart put an iceberg in her drink. Experts say it’s no big deal.”
What’s your take? Do you believe what Stewart did was hurtful to the planet or would you say it’s not a big deal?