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Robert Swan 2041 Expedition Film

What is the International Antarctic Expedition about?  It is about inspiring and informing young leaders to return to their societies as ambassadors for Antarctica and a sustainable future.

Watch the expedition film by Robert Swan and 2041, to understand what the IAE is all about. It is amazing…!

 

If Current Trends Continue

In preparation for the IAE, I am reading ‘Antarctica 2041: My Quest to Save the Earth’s Last Wilderness’, the book by Robert Swan, OBE (with Gil Reavill). An exceptionally well written book and therefore a true joy to read.  An open and honest story, absolutely funny at times, always sophisticated and informative, inspiring, human, and – on occasion – horrifying… Why on earth would one want to walk 900 miles through that devastating icy landscape, defying gruesome storms and freezing to the bone? And then do it again – walking 550 miles to the North Pole… It takes tons of courage, and a good dose of stupidity, as Robert Swan admits himself… I warm-heartedly recommend this book!

At the beginning of his book, Robert Swan sums up some of the consequences we may expect by 2041 if current trends continue – I quote:

 

  • Greenhouse-gas emissions, if they follow current trends, will rise to 700 gigatons per annum (700 billion tons annually), a level projected to induce a five-degree rise in average global temperature over the next century. Global warming will have become a reality, triggering extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels, and resource shortages that will cause widespread disruptions to life as we know it.

 

  • Given current use patterns and rates of increase in energy demands, global oil production will drop below twenty million barrels a day – the accepted level necessary for sustaining industrialized civilization.

 

  • Soot from the coal plants and “black carbon” from cooking stoves in China and India, falling on the surface of glaciers in the Himalayas, will cause them to absorb more rather than reflect sunlight, shrinking them by 75 percent and disrupting the water supply for billions of people.

 

  • Sea levels will have risen .5 meters, given current trends in accelerated glacier and ice-cap melt on the margins of Greenland and Antarctica. A half-meter rise renders untenable one-tenth of human shoreline habitation. For example, half the roadways in Cairns, Australia, will be underwater. Extreme sea level – the measurement of high seas during hurricanes and storm surges – will displace 200 million people and impact a fifth of the world’s population, over 1 billion people.

 

  • The last Alaskan polar bear will have starved to death in the wild – again, extrapolating from current trends, in this case of bear-habitat destruction and population decline. All in all, in 2041 extinction rates on earth will have approached an unimaginable threshold, with 1 million land-based species gone forever.

 

  • The last of the snows made famous by Ernest Hemingway will have melted off Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya, and the last of the glaciers will have disappeared from Montana’s Glacier National Park

 

Quoted from ‘Antarctica 2041: My Quest to Save the Earth’s Last Wilderness’
by Robert Swan, with Gil Reavill

 

Here is the urgency, for us to be smarter and more creative than ever before…

You can also have a look at NASA’s website – click here.

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.

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.