In a bid to propagate environment sustainability, Robert Swan, OBE—first person in history to walk both the North and South poles –will continue his ten year old legacy of cognizing young guns on Antarctica peninsula starting this March.
Along with his company 2041, Swan will flag off two week’s International Antarctic Expedition 2014 (IAE) from Ushuaia, Argentina. The company was so-named on the deadline of a treaty prohibiting drilling and mining until this date in Antarctica as in the year 2041 the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty could potentially be modified or amended.
2041 led the first corporate expedition to Antarctica in 2003, during which 42 people from 18 nations joined Robert on his ‘Leadership on the Edge’ program. Since then, over 700 corporate leaders, educators, students and entrepreneurs from around the world have experienced Antarctica with the 2041 team.
This year the team selected 80 members across the globe--including expedition leader, director, program coordinator, photographers, writers, and film maker. Among this, five Indians too got the opportunity to be the part of this expedition. The team is expected to gain firsthand knowledge of the continent’s fragile ecosystem, experience its unique wildlife and observe the magnificent landscape of Antarctica, all while learning about climate change and ways to protect the last great wilderness on Earth.
One of the team members from India,Sarita Singh, an IT Specialist and PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) certified National Geographic deep sea diver, affirmed
“The idea of a journey to the very end of the earth, a place which is frozen in time, which belongs to no nation or tribe with people who struggle through extreme conditions- still united by a common cause to stand as one and do their bit to protect the earth inspired me to file an application for IAE.
I have lived and breathed Antarctica in the last few months and the feeling that am actually going and will be on board the sea spirit and cross the Drake Passage in a few days has still not sunk in”
Swan, who 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 said thatas the last unspoilt wilderness on earth,Antarctica is currently protected by a treaty prohibiting drilling and mining until 2041.
He added, “Decision made by today’s youth will impact our entire planet’s ecosystem and future