On Saturday, 11 September 2010, yacht ‘2041’ embarks on Phase 4 of the Voyage for Cleaner Energy, departing the United Kingdom for the United Arab Emirates where she will inspire youth and leaders alike. The journey from Plymouth, UK will take approximately 50 days transiting the Mediterranean and Suez Canal. Yacht ‘2041’ is due to take part in the Louis Vuitton Race Series in Dubai, and will be able to visit any port necessary while in the United Arab Emirates. Robert Swan would very much like to visit schools, and speak with companies and employees during this period. After this exciting landmark visit to the United Arab Emirates, the yacht will circumnavigate India then visit China before reporting to World Leaders in June of 2012 at the World Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
The Voyage for Cleaner energy is a worldwide lecture series and sailing expedition by Robert Swan and his team at 2041. The purpose of the voyage is to increase awareness about environmental issues related to climate change and inspire young people to lead the way in implementing practical, viable solutions.
To learn more about the Voyage for Cleaner Energy, and to follow yacht ‘2041’ daily on her journey , visit the Voyage blog.
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.
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!
We are proud and delighted to announce that Robert Swan is the recent recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Durham University. Before Robert embarked on his Antarctic Expeditions, he was a student at Durham, earning his undergraduate degree in Ancient History at St. Chad’s College in 1979.
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. 350.org’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!