It is no doubt that climate change poses one of the most serious threats to the global environment. Recently, in the UAE, Robert Swan had the opportunity to engage with students at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Madinat Zayed about such issues. While at HCT, Robert asked for students to get involved and join the annual expedition to Antarctica. The responsiveness and enthusiasm of the female student body was apparent.
During the lecture, Robert highlighted the importance of taking action, as the biggest threat is waiting for someone else: “We need to act now, before it is too late. The ice is melting fast and seventy percent of the world’s fresh water is frozen in it. The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
Please take a moment to check out an incredible initiative put into place by Pure Advantage of New Zealand which is about both action and opportunity for green growth. We ask that you sign up now and show your support here at Pure Advantage Campaign.
Pure Advantage has also been extremely generous and has offered to send one young New Zealander to join Robert Swan on his next expedition in February of 2012. To enter, you must be between the ages of 19-27, be a New Zealand resident and create a video to inspire all New Zealanders to commit to a greener, wealthier New Zealand through green growth. See all details here and be sure to stop by and cast your vote for the person you feel should attend IAE 2012!
Cairns climbers Craig Roberts and Jay Finucane will be tackling an incredible feat starting in just 97 days by climbing Vinson Massif which peaks at 5,104 meters above sea level is the highest peak in Antarctica. With the support and encouragement of 2041’s founder, Robert Swan, “they will use this extreme challenge as a vehicle to highlight to the broader community the stunning beauty of Antarctica and the vital importance of preserving this pristine environment. Craig and Jay have been climbing and mountaineering together, in some of the Earth’s most beautiful and pristine environments, for over a decade. Over this time they have unfortunately witnessed firsthand the effects of global warming and climate change, mainly through the dwindling access to mountains and to rapidly receding glaciers. This has led to a feeling of responsibility to make people aware of just what our reliance on fossil fuels and our current unsustainable practices are doing to our precious and fragile planet and its ecosystems. With Swan as their mentor, the “Keep it Cool” team will embark on a mission that aims to build on Swan’s movement to underpin continued environmental protection of Antarctica.”- Keep it Cool 2011
We hope you will take a moment and see how Craig and Jay are turning their dream into a reality and help support them on this treacherous yet inspiring mission which you can follow here at Keep it Cool Antarctica 2011- The Expedition. Wishing you the best from everyone at 2041!
Per the press release at www.robeco.com R.E.E. 2041 Team Member Erik Breen, Head Responsible Investing Robeco, has received the ‘Millstein Center Rising Star Governance’ award 2011.
“The award has been set up by the Millstein Center of Corporate Governance and Performance of Yale School of Management to stimulate young professionals in the field of Corporate Governance. Members of the governance community made their selection out of a large, with regards to both discipline and region, group of candidates based on their contribution to corporate governance, thought leadership, current projects and reputation.
The Millstein Center Rising Star of Corporate Governance was awarded to Erik Breen and ten other worldwide corporate governance professionals on 15 June 2011 (US) during the sixth annual Yale Governance Forum.
The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management is a leading global resource for testing, challenging and advancing the premise that corporations should and can serve society. The Center focuses on the inter-relationship of management, the board of directors, shareholders, and stakeholders in creating long-term corporate shareholder value in today’s complex and competitive economy, while at the same time meeting the heightened expectations of society.”
2041 and Robert Swan would like to congratulate Erik on this achievement and we look forward to your future accomplishments as we know we will see many to come.
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.
Robert Swan speaking at Vitol
Spencer Yong, IAE 2011 Member speaking to fellow peers at Vitol