Expedition Blog

2041 was founded by polar explorer, environmental leader and public speaker Robert Swan, OBE, the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles. Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica by the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change.

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From Antarctica’s icy classroom to student assemblies at Bangkok

Guest Blog by Helen Thew

In March 2017, two members of the Bangkok Patana School community, Rebecca- a year 10 student, and I were invited to accompany polar explorer Robert Swan on his 2041 mission to Antarctica. Why “2041”? This is the year that the Treaty protecting the world’s last great wilderness expires, leaving it vulnerable to exploitation.

Since getting back, Rebecca and I have been involved in so many assemblies and talks to parents spreading the word about 2041 and what we learnt on the expedition. So many primary students now come up to me and ask me Penguin questions … I am known as Miss Antarctica to them!

I think one of my ‘IT’ moments on the trip was seeing the chunks of ice shelves which had broken off from the main continent and floating in the ocean all around us, showing us just how much it has already broken up. I remember Robert said, “If people do not believe in climate change, they just need to come and see this”. He also very powerfully said, “It should not make us depressed but give us the positive energy to not stop sharing the climate message”.

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My Journey to Antarctica The Last Great Wilderness on Earth

Guest Blog by Gaurav Kikani 


“It’s a dangerous business… going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

Back in grade school, Antarctica was a curious white landmass at the bottom of the map, innocuous and unassuming.  It was a shape without which the countenance of the Earth would surely look naked, but in my mind, the thought of Antarctica conjured images of desolation – an alien planet that was unwelcoming and barren of life.  All of this changed when I had the opportunity to join the expedition of a lifetime, as we journeyed to the last untouched wilderness on Earth.

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