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April 22nd, 2011

2041 asks Alumni- What are you doing for Earth Day?

Earth Day 2011, which here at 2041, we feel is every day. We see more people getting involved than ever before with hopeful changes upon the horizon. We reached out to our Alumni to see what they will be doing to mark this day.

208247_108642395886549_100002223675429_92767_833799_n-1Janet Morris of IAE 2011 has created an inspiring class for the annual internal employee family event “HP Bring Your Inventor to Work Day” where HP employees bring their children into the work place. Janet states, “There are classes on a variety of topics, most centered around Earth Day and being more sustainable.”
She will challenge children to board the “Antarctic Sustainability Expedition” and become an environmental polar explorer. They will experience the vivid colors, sights and sounds of the Antarctic Peninsula though a zodiac excursion presentation. Then they will further use their imaginations where they will create hands on and fun project surrounded by sustainability to round out their Antarctica adventure. Janet says that “together, we’ll explore why Antarctica is important to the overall health of our planet and what steps we can take to help reduce our individual carbon footprint and become more sustainable. Embrace the Challenge!”

Jason2041 Team Leader Jason Flesher will also be celebrating Earth Day by being a presenter for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) to discuss “how climate change is affecting the ecosystems of Antarctica and Point Reyes. Jason Flesher, PRNSA’s intrepid Field Seminars Director will be sharing stunning photos and stories from 2041 IAE 2011.

JCL_0286-1Anne Kershaw, 2041 CEO, is working with the students are her son’s school –Glenshire Elementary, California– to reduce their energy use. Anne will give a presentation to the school on how we waste energy and water at school and at home. All of the students will be asked to take on the energy challenge. Each will be given a “I am an Energy Warrior” wrist band (100% recycled) and be asked to take their family utility bills from last month, work to reduce them this month by switching off lights, unplugging all appliances at night, watching less TV and using less water. At the end of the next billing cycle all students will bring in their usage and Anne will calculate with the students how much energy was saved. In addition, Energy Monitors have been selected for each class at the school. They will do the same and calculate the energy saving for the school at the end of the next month. They will post on the 2041 website how much energy was saved by the students overall.

Yuli Petkova (IAE 2008) and Lauren Wylie (IATE 2009) spoke to 400 kids at Willard School in New Jersey where they were the keynote speakers for a big Earth Day celebration. You can see their efforts and innovative ideas at their green school website, Willard Green!
Lauren and Rob-1Also, on Thursday, Lauren hosted a big fair in the lobby of her office building in New York. “We had lots of vendors, giveaways, and a raffle. About 1000 people attended and we painted a “Commitment Tree” on the window. People filled out green post-it notes with their commitment, and stuck it on the tree.”

We are now at a time where people everywhere are aware that a change needs to happen to protect our earth. Through sustainability, renewable energy and action we can do this, and now is the time. “The challenge in the world today is not the lack of information; it is the lack of inspiration. Our job is to inspire people – to get them to believe the journey is possible – by showing them small, achievable steps.” – Robert Swan, OBE

Let’s make every day Earth Day.

August 18th, 2010

“Cool School Antarctica” Premiers in Australia on 25 September

View clips from the forthcoming documentary “Cool School Antarctica,” a film by IAE 2010 participant Liz Courtney. Liz captures the life-changing experience of visiting Antarctica through the eyes of 2009 Australian Idol runner-up Hayley Warner and 40 other young people from 15 different countries. You can view the documentary on September 25 on Foxtel Nickelodeon at 7pm. The film will also be featured at the Toronto International Environmental Film Festival in October, 2010.

August 10th, 2010

Robert Swan in India

Currently, Robert Swan is speaking at various engagements throughout India. So far, Robert has met with PepsiCo, TATA Steel, Google, the Indian School of Business, Leaps and Bounds, and many schools and universities. The welcome in India has been extremely warm. Large thanks to Chandini Chhabra and many other IAE Alumni for their great support and coordination. We hope to see many of our new friends on the International Antarctic Expedition in March!

July 27th, 2010

First IAE Reunion Takes Place in London

On Saturday, July 24th, the first ever International Antarctic Expedition reunion took place in London. Although many attendees had been on separate expeditions, the life changing experience of visiting the Antarctic with 2041 gave them common ground. Special thanks to Lauren Wylie and Tom Cole for all of their work in putting this special occasion together.

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June 12th, 2010

Robert Visits the Green Sheikh in the UAE

Rob and Green Sheikh

IAE 2010 Alumni Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Ali Al Nuaimi hosted Robert Swan in Dubai for the Seventh CSR Summit. Sheikh Abdul Aziz, also known as the Green Sheikh, has helped to launch an official campaign to lobby the Ajman government to join 48 other countries in the signing of the Antarctic Treaty. If the campaign is successful, the UAE will be the first nation in the Middle East to sign the 50-year-old treaty. To read more about this landmark campaign, and Robert’s time in the UAE, view the news coverage below:

Campaign begins in UAE for unspoilt Antarctica


Explorer in town to lobby for Antarctic treaty


‘Green Shaikh’ says it’s time for Ajman to make changes

  • 2041 asks Alumni- What are you doing for Earth Day?
  • “Cool School Antarctica” Premiers in Australia on 25 September
  • Robert Swan in India
  • First IAE Reunion Takes Place in London
  • Robert Visits the Green Sheikh in the UAE