The South Pole Energy Challenge 2016

Despite the urgent need to reduce warming and change our global means of meeting our needs, our trends, particularly anything fossil-fuel related, has largely continued as usual on our planet; with 2015 being the hottest year on record. After working for thirty years to protect the environment that shaped him, at the age of 59, Robert Swan is leading one last expedition to Antartica with the attitude of, “If our species is to survive , we have to do something, I have to do more .” In December of 2017, he will spend 60 days man hauling with a team of 4 including himself and his son Barney, from the edge of the Antarctic to the South Pole.

The trip, unlike any Polar Journey before them, will rely solely on renewable energy for their survival. “If alternative fuel sources can work in the most inhospitable place in the planet, they can work anywhere,” Robert says. NASA are working with the 2041 to design custom technology to keep them alive. Specialized solar panels that can withstand frigid temperatures will melt ice and snow, and in a land where whiteouts can last for days, he’ll have backup heating sources like bio fuels made from coffee beans, food waste and wood chips.

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We hope that you are inspired by Robert Swan's mission and are interested in having him speak at your company, event or school, or would like to hear more about our Antarctic Expeditions. For information on our foundation and to make a donation to 2041 or get involved, please email us.

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Antarctic Treaty

In the year 2041, the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty could potentially be modified or amended. Our aim is to work towards the continuing protection of the Antarctic Treaty so that the last great wilderness on earth is never exploited.

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