Antarctica vs. The North Pole

On the website www.hetlaatstecontinent.be a very comprehensive and interesting comparison is made between the South and North Pole…  Even though we think the poles are quite similar because of the extreme temperatures, there actually are many differences.

The Antarctic The Arctic
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A continent surrounded by sea. Frozen sea surrounded by land.
Average annual temperature geographic south pole:
-50°C.
Average annual temperature geographic north pole:
-18°C.
Geographic south pole is 2836 m above sea level. Geographic north pole is 1 m above sea level.
Penguins, but no polar bears. Marine mammals like whales and seals, but no land mammals. Polar bears, no penquins. Land mammals (like reindeer, wolves, musk oxen, hares, lemmings, foxes) and marine mammals (whales, seals, polar bears).
Only mosses at 82 degrees southern latitude and some flora on the sub-Antarctic islands. About 90 different types of flowering plants on 82 degrees northern latitude.
Only inhabited by scientific researchers and their staff. Indigenous people like the Inuit.
Permanent research stations. No permanent research stations because of the floating sea ice.

Visit hetlaatstecontinent.be to read more…  This website is in Dutch…

2041 and the Antarctic Treaty

What is the Antarctic Treaty and why the name 2041?

The Antarctic Treaty was signed December 1, 1959 in Washington, D.C., and was entered into force on June 23, 1961. The objective of this international agreement is “to ensure that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes, for international cooperation in scientific research, and does not become the scene or object of international discord”.

The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty was signed in Madrid on October 4, 1991 and entered into force in 1998. It designates Antarctica as a “natural reserve, devoted to peace and science”, establishes the principles pertaining to human activities in Antarctica and prohibits all activities relating to the exploitation of mineral resources, except for scientific research.

The current moratorium that bans drilling and mining in Antarctica can be reviewed after the 50-year anniversary of the ratification, which will occur in 2048. However, Robert’s goal is to increase awareness now and garner support by the year 2041 (the 50-year anniversary of the signing) to ensure the continued protection of the Antarctic Treaty so that the last great wilderness on earth is never exploited.

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Visit the website of 2041.

Imagine… Being There…

On December 1, 2014 we hosted the Generations Debate with Robert Swan, OBE, in collaboration with Rabobank and United Airlines. I had the unique opportunity to meet and talk with Robert Swan in person for several hours. It is on this day that I got inspired to sign up for the adventure.

Have you ever noticed the signs on top of the Rabobank building…?

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IMAGINE… BEING THERE…

Hello world!

“The Greatest Threat to Our Planet Is the Belief That Someone Else Will Save It.” – Robert Swan, OBE

On December 5, 2014, I was selected as a team member on the International Antarctic Expedition (IAE) 2015, hosted by Robert Swan, OBE, and the 2041 Foundation, that will take place March 13 – 25, 2015.  With the carefully selected team, I will explore the Antarctic Peninsula with onboard experts and gain firsthand knowledge of the continent’s fragile ecosystem, today’s issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainability and how it affects our present and future worldwide.

The International Antarctic Expedition 2015, which hosts Robert Swan’s Leadership on the Edge program, will be an exhilarating and unpredictable adventure – a life changing experience for the international group of men and women joining Robert Swan and the 2041 team to the last great wilderness on earth.

On these webpages I will keep you up to date on the exciting journey towards our departure, on fundraising successes and of course – once boarded – on our Antarctic adventure.

Antarctica truly is the last great wilderness on Earth.  Do we have the sense to keep at least one place on Earth protected?

I need your help! 

To raise the funds for this once in a lifetime opportunity, I need your help!  Spread the word, donate and follow me on the journey.

Enabling the dream for someone else as well…

If I can raise funds beyond my personal target, my commitment is to support another candidate in her fundraising.

Robert Swan and the 2041 Foundation are dedicated to supporting women worldwide in their dream of bringing positive change to the societies they live in.  I believe in this mission and have therefore committed to help raise funds for IAE candidates from countries with less access to funding.

About the 2041 Foundation

2041 was founded by polar explorer, environmental leader and public speaker Robert Swan, OBE.  As the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles, Robert 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.

2041’s mission is to build on Robert Swan’s dedication by informing, engaging and inspiring the next generation of leaders to take responsibility, to be sustainable, and to know that now is the time for action in policy development, sustainable business generation and future technologies.