On June 5th Rob made his way to Saudi Arabia to do a lecture for the Majid Society, “Strengthening Sustainability through Building Partnerships” at the second Societal Development Forum 2011. While there he was included as a speaker on the discussion panel with the Clinton Initiative and Gates Foundation.
This past May, Robert Swan made his journey to Singapore where he spoke at The Vitol Industry Speaker Series to raise awareness of the 2041 movement. Over 400 people attended the talk held in Singapore, with backgrounds ranging from government officials, business leaders and students. He had a chance to meet up with recent 2041 IAE 2011 Team Member Spencer Yong where they joined on stage to share their individual Antarctica experience as well as spread the message of the importance for young leaders to step up to make changes, and be the role model to champion the cause of sustainability in our everyday lives.
Please join Robert Swan in Washington D.C. next week where he will be giving two free public presentations. If you are in the area or know someone that is, we hope you will be able to attend one or both of these events.
“Robert will tell his extraordinary life story of how he experienced first-hand the life-threatening effects of climate change as he became the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the South Pole, learn how he has galvanized people around the planet to take small steps to reduce carbon footprints and generate demand for renewable energy.”
World Resource Institute Presentation
Monday, 13th of June at 12:00- 1:30 P.M.
Brown Bag Lunch
The World Resources Institute
10 G Street NE
Resources for the Future Presentation
Wednesday, 15th of June, 5:30 -7 P.M.
R.S.V.P. required but all are welcome.
Reception to follow
Resources for the Future
First Floor Conference Center
1616 P Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036
Robert is currently in the city of Mumbai and in process of putting together a few elements for his Voyage for Cleaner Energy India Expedition which he will be undertaking later this year,at the end of 2011. As a major supporter for 2041′s Campaign in India, Harsh and Reshma Piramal of The Ashok Piramal Business Group have been helping him understand and approach the local issues pertaining to Climate change in India. Such issues include the preservation of the tiger and water scarcity.
Seen in the picture along with Robert is Harsh and Reshma’s daughter Nayantara, age 7 and their son, Siddharth, age 4. Both are doing their bit for the environment by putting up hand-drawn posters of ‘SAVE TREES’ and ‘SAVE WATER’ in their respective schools around Mumbai. In a developing country like India where more than 50% of the population is below 23 years of age, it is young leadership that is required to take up the environmental challenges for the future. Through Robert’s upcoming Expedition in India, he is keen to engage young people to take action on local issues plaguing the country with the motto of ‘THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL.’
Big Thanks to Harsh, his family and company for their continued support and commitment towards creating a positive impact in the environment and for their support towards 2041 in India.
Thanks to Darcy Winslow (a leading figure in the business sustainablity movement, also a 2041 alumni and team leader!) for sharing this news story with the 2041 team.
The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, where the temperature data is recorded.
2009 was the warmest year on record for the South Pole since 1957, when temperature records began. The average temperature for the year at the South Pole was negative 54.2 degrees Fahrenheit. 2009 was also the second warmest year on record for the planet, in a period extending back to the late 1800s when near-global measurements were first recorded. Read more here.