I’ve been personally invited to join The 2041 Foundation and Sir Robert Swan on their 2016 International Expedition to Antarctica! Swan and 2041 are committed to promoting sustainable solutions for our planet. Through recycling, addressing issues of climate change, and using alternate energy we can achieve a healthier earth. When the Antarctic Treaty is up for negotiation in 2041, with enough sustainable solutions, we can renew the treaty, continuing to ban exploitation of the last pristine continent.
Participating in this expedition would provide the opportunity to research and develop the H2yOu Project, while networking with environmental leaders from 27 countries. I would also learn a lot about the Antarctic landscape and wildlife, as well as about climate change and sustainability. This all information and first hand accounts that I can present to my students and my community.
How did I get invited on this expedition?
As a part of the filming of the documentary on H2yOu’s development, I had the opportunity to meet Sir Robert Swan (the first person in history to reach both the north and south poles unsupported; founder of 2041). The documentary producer, Matt Russell, interviewed Swan on his views of world wide water and the H2yOu project (which he endorsed on film)! When Russell asked Swan’s advice for me to advance the project Swan responded, “Laura needs to get to Antarctica with me to write water stories from the expedition!” My jaw dropped, and it took everything I had to remain quiet during the filming! Alternate energy leads allows for cleaner water, so H2yOu’s mission aligns with that of 2041’s.
Life is a journey. This expedition is the next step in my journey to teach others to care for our planet. The idea for H2yOu was inspired in the Arctic as a product of my 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship. That led to a documentary filming, which introduced me to Sir Robert. When documentary producer Matt Russell asked “What is your advice for Laura to make her project go global?” Swan said, “You’ve been to the Arctic, now you must join me in Antarctica to develop H2yOu.” This is the next step in my career journey and I can’t wait to share what I learn with my students and my community.
Pending raising the necessary funds by Feb. 1, I will join the “Leadership on Edge” expedition for 2 weeks in March. Can you help, or maybe you know of someone who can contribute to this educational journey for clean water?