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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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Exploring Brown Bluff

We are all truly humbled by the sheer, untouched beauty of Antarctica as the IAE 2017 team continues further along the Peninsula. Today we visited the famous Browns Bluff, where we marveled at the painted rock towering high above us. Our team traveled by Zodiac, small inflatable vessels, through an incredible cove filled with ice monoliths each as different as the participants on our team.

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Venturing Deeper into the Antarctic Peninsula

Blog contributed by: Alex Bogdan, originally published on southbysouthpole.com

I woke up early, hopeful to catch the sunrise and first sightings of an iceberg. There was a thick cloud covering and no signs of the sun, nor signs of land. I took a walk around the ship and up to the bridge where the captain and crew navigate the vessel. I stood at the bridge for an hour. From here, we could see Humpback whales, penguins, and seals leaping across the water, along with several species of birds. I’ve been surrounded by people who are truly passionate about wildlife. They can name the specific species of most animals from 200 yards away, just by seeing a quick glimpse. It’s impressive, and I’m surprised by how envious I’ve become of their knowledge, especially of birds. Normally, I tend to dislike birds, and slightly fear them. I blame Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”

After much anticipation, and more than an hour of watching the horizon, we finally caught our first visual of the South Shetland Islands, merely shadows on the cloud covered horizon. This was an exhilarating moment. The crew told us it would be another hour until we were sailing through the islands, so we left our post to meet up with the 2041 group for an International Women’s Day photo. I thought about the strong women in my life, my mom especially, and the intelligent, powerful women I’m lucky to work with at SAP, so I’d like to say happy belated Women’s Day to you all. 

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South Bound & Down

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This morning, the team set their eyes on the raw landscape of the far north peninsular. A land that has never seen war, that is near untouched by modern development, and where wildlife still roam free from the fear of man. 

A melting pot of backstories, and expectations soon fade into perspective under the sheer scale and pristine detail of Antarctica. Exploring fur seal coated shorelines and standing side-by-side with yakking colonies of penguins, has left many of the participants with a sheer “words will not do justice” mindset.

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Embarkation & the Drake Passage

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The Expedition kicked off with a flurry of action with the team departing South to the bottom of Patagonia, Ushuaia. Once the Beagle Channel was in sight, people's tiredness was soon replaced with sheer excitement.  Converging cultures, expertise's, & ambitions meld together with the hope to find new horizons and ideas off the map. Together, with common cause and active solutions we will return home with a fresh perspective on how to strengthen our stories and visions looking into the future. 

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Awaiting the IAE 2017 Expedition Team

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Arriving to a big, bustling city such as Buenos Aires after an international flight can be a bit of an overwhelming experience. With the loud city noises, densely packed streets, and humidity of the summer, it caught us all by surprise...

Buenos Aires, the "Paris of Latin America" is a densely packed place broken up by gorgeous green parks & old growth Gum trees. After settling in, the 2041 team has been enjoying the atmosphere and eateries in between diligently preparing for the arrival of the IAE 2017 participants. 

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IAE 80 South Photo Summary #1

After a very successful expedition to Union Glacier, Rob & the team are 100% confident that the technology is ready for the South Pole Energy Challenge later this year. Here's some photos from the trip from expedition photographer, Carolina Sandretto. Gearing up for IAE 2017 just right around the corner! Keep Posted.

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Departing Punta Arenas

This is the final update from Rob & the rest of the IAE 80 South team before they drop off the map.

Keep posted via our Facebook and here on our expedition blog. Communications from the Antarctic are limited to voice and perhaps some still photos. Keep posted here & our website for updates from the last great wilderness, Antarctica. Forwards as Ever. #climateforce

Listen below to Rob's phone message from Punta Arenas, Chile. Watch the video here.

 

 

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The Adventure Has Begun


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The adventure has begun.

Team members have arrived with tales of long journeys, sleepless nights and the occasional lost bag. However these minor hardships evaporated when the reality of arriving in the most southerly city in the world, Ushuaia, kicked in. We watched the storms come and go over the Beagle Channel, named after the ship HMS Beagle during Darwin's hydrographic survey of the coasts of the southern part of South America from 1826 to 1830.

Today was a day of welcoming team members and final preparation. Robert Swan was on hand to settle any nerves and for some, finally put a face to the name of the man who gathered this international group together with his infectious energy and determination.

The team settled in, stretching their legs on hikes in the mountains behind the city or doing last minute equipment shopping. 

The storms came and went as we gazed out over the Beagle, rain blowing horizontally one minute only to be replaced by rainbows moments later. gering beauty here, we can only imagine what awaits us as we venture South.

Tomorrow the "Leadership on the Edge" program begins.

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