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October 23rd, 2009

350 is the most important number on the planet


As citizens of this planet, we need to bring atmospheric carbon levels back down to below 350 –that’s the toughest economic and political challenge the earth has ever faced.’s big day – October 24th – is almost here (and already IS here in some parts of the world!), and 2041 will be watching along with the rest of the world as more than 4,500 action events unfold in over 180 countries around the globe, all in support of an ambitious, fair, and binding global climate deal from our world leaders.

If you haven’t already, find an event to take part in here, join Robert Swan during the Brooklyn Bridge walk, and be sure to stay tuned as action photos from around the world are broadcast in Times Square tomorrow afternoon!

Our 2041 alumni across the globe are taking part in actions from India to China to Canada!

October 17th, 2009

International Day of Climate Action

On October 24th, citizens of the world will simultaneously gather and engage in community events across the globe to call on world leaders to secure a fair, ambitious, and binding global climate change deal in Copenhagen this December at the UN Climate Change Conference.

Organized by, an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis, Robert Swan will partake in a march across the Brooklyn bridge with other organizations and individuals from across the New York. The New York City event is one of more than 2,000 events in over 150 countries. Images of the events from around the world, including the march across the Brooklyn Bridge, will be featured on giant video screens in Times Square as part of a 350 countdown, and are accessible at If you are in the area, come out support 2041 and, and stay tuned for more in-depth information about COP 15 in the coming weeks.

More information about the Action Day below:

August 6th, 2009

New Study on Antarctic Warming

An article reprinted last week in the San Francisco Chronicle (originally from TheDailyGreen) suggests that the question among Antarctic climatologists is no longer ‘Is Antarctica melting?” but rather
“How FAST is Antarctica melting?”

blue ice

A recent study prepared by the US Geologic Survey (USGS) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) shows that Antarctica’s glaciers and ice sheets are retreating and melting more rapidly than previously anticipated, and the Wordie Ice Shelf has disappeared altogether. As darker sea water replaces floating ice and ice shelves, the water absorbs energy that the ice had reflected and speeds the cycle of warming.

The report’s conclusion – that sea-level rise estimates based on a total collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet are less dramatic than previously suggested – does little to temper the suggestion that our planet is experiencing profound effects from global warming much more rapidly than scientists had anticipated. The article ends with a call to action and plea for long-term vision in building our future, “The cost of doing nothing to address global warming is likely to be much larger than the cost of doing something. If we act now, it may or may not take some steam out of the economy, but it will produce clean energy jobs and a more sustainable economy in the long run.”

July 23rd, 2009

International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change


Last Sunday, on July 19th, Robert Swan was a keynote speaker to over 300 young leaders from over 30 nations, all participants at the International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change. The conference, which aimed towards carbon neutrality, was held at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China. The IYSECC, which works towards mobilizing the youth generation to play an active role in fostering cooperation towards a low-carbon, efficient, clean, and sustainable future, is the first-ever global youth conference focusing on energy and climate change issues in China.

Robert’s lecture, which touched on his own expedition experience and the E-Base and then culminated in encouraging youth entrepreneurship in the renewable energy sector, was presented digitally, from Australia. By communicating via the internet, Robert’s contribution was both carbon-emissions free and fit in with the conference’s global theme while highlighting the continuing potential for digital collaboration to be a key method of broadcasting the climate change message across the globe.

Several of 2041′s IAE Team China alumni were involved in connecting Robert with IYSECC.

  • 350 is the most important number on the planet
  • International Day of Climate Action
  • New Study on Antarctic Warming
  • International Youth Summit on Energy and Climate Change