Chasing the perfect shot
The expedition media crew was busy today testing the latest technology for IAE 2014; an airborne camera capable of jaw dropping footage. Expedition videographer Kyle O’Donoghue, recently returned from the arctic, said that ‘aerial cameras allowed access to areas previously impossible’ and unleashed ‘never seen before cinematic potential’. Operator Darrin Allen claimed that the risks of operation- primarily the loss or damage of equipment was well worth the pay off, describing the footage as the next logical step in Antarctic filmmaking.
GEMS Modern Academy arrive!
￼So here it is! After 36 hours of gruesome travel, here we are, safe and cozy in the hands of the 2041 team. The vilifying changes that were seen in us have been quite remarkable, from the hopelessly sleepy to singing and being the loudest on the plane! But the journey didn’t start on 7th March, 2014. It started nearly two years ago when Robert Swann, OBE, came to our school, GEMS Modern Academy, and passionately talked about the continent that few knew about and many wanted to save: Antarctica. That passion remains undiminished in all 10 Buccaneers and the journey, we hope, will last over and beyond. When on October 6th, 2013, we got to know that we are the brand ambassadors of GEMS Modern Academy to Antarctica, we already had impressions of what we could hope to see. Till now, we have been surprised at every turn. For one, the hotel is on top of a mountain! Will keep you updated, Until next time, Vamos!
Serious weather on the glacier
The Martial Glacier hike has been a constant feature of IAE since the very beginning of 2041’s mission. Every year the tongue of the glacier creeps further north, retreating higher and higher up the valley. Today experienced hands Barney and Jason show new guides Christa and Alex the route and talk through the safety considerations and emergency protocols. Expedition mode on.
Scouting new paths
Accepting the Challenge- Aysha Sheridan
Wow! I have been chosen alongside four of my colleagues as part of British Land’s “HatsOff” staff recognition awards to go on a trip of a lifetime…. Antarctica the coldest, most remote place on Earth. The initiative was introduced by the company to recognise people within the organisation for their commitment and drive to make a difference both internally within the company and the wider community/society.
On 31st January I was lucky enough to be awarded The Chairman’s Award for British Land Citizenship. Elated, excited, completely shocked are just a few of the words that I felt when I was chosen, ok also a little overwhelmed to be undertaking such a challenge- although challenge is something I’ve never shied away from. Since working at British Land, I have been encouraged to engage in several community and charity initiatives. These have included running the London marathon and abseiling down our very own Broadgate Tower all 541 feet of it.
This trip and all the preparation for it have really warmed my heart. All my family, friends and colleagues have been so happy for me and have wished me lots of good wishes. Whilst this has been lovely the task at hand has been a little different.
I’m under no false illusions. Whilst there we will be fully immersed in all aspects of climate change and mostly how we can make a difference. This knowledge will then be shared with our colleagues, friends and family back home.
Climate change is something that affects us all and something we all need to take on board and do something about. So whilst I have been busy packing all my kit, making preparations for my dog Suki to be looked after for the 17 days we are away, I have also been counting down the days for the journey to begin, a journey that will start at the beginning but will know no end……I’m going to make a difference, wish me luck!
Jason Flesher, 2041 Expedition Director
He is the Sierra Outdoor Programs Market Manager for REI, Experiential Facilitator and Wilderness Instructor educating diverse groups of all ages and backgrounds in over twenty countries on all seven continents and throughout the United States.
Jason has been written up in numerous publications over the years for his work. He was featured in The New York Times, Readers Digest, Outfitter, Climbing and the National Speleological Society magazines to name only a few.
An experienced Search and Rescue manger, Mountain Rescue Coordinator and is also a Rescue Specialist for the international 1st Special Response Group.
Living and working with Indigenous cultures and studying Native American religions, Jason has an acute understanding of the spiritual side of wilderness. “An adventure is not of the physical, it is of the mind.” This is Jason’s 6 th expedition with 2041.
Where will you be in 28 years? Poojitha Janarthanan
From time to time we are approached by environmental activists that talk about big things like “the world will end if we don’t act now”. Living in the 21st century, we cannot argue about the gravity of the situation we are in now, however I must say that during the course of the past few years the world has definitely become more conscious. Recycling especially here in Dubai is becoming more and more common. So what is the problem?
I agree, we have become more conscious. But, is it enough? The non-renewable resources are decreasing drastically. Even the renewable resources such as water which we thought would never be a problem, is now turning out to be our biggest. There is a shortage in our resources, we are going to run out one day. These are all facts, but these facts you already know, don’t you?
Then why is the world being so lethargic about it?
That’s easy, it is because all these problem seem to be occurring in the distant future, it is a problem that will affect us “one day”. An average human being goes through multiple problems daily, why in the world would he/she spend time worrying about a problem that might not even happen during his lifetime?
So today as a future environmental activist, I’m telling you that the cause which I have come to talk to you about does have a deadline, 2041. There is a treaty that’s been signed by all countries that protects Antarctica from exploitation of land and water. However, this treaty ends in the year 2041.
Antarctica is the last untouched continent in this world. It is our duty to preserve the “last wilderness” of our world. as we prepare to embark on our one-of-a-kind adventure, the lead up has seen us preparing physically, emotionally and mentally. As global citizens, we have a life-long responsibility to make sure that this treaty is renewed in the year 2041.
That is precisely in 28 years, this is in your lifetime, this will affect you. I have no doubt in that, and what are you going to do about it?
- Poojitha Janarthanan, a Buccaneer joining us from GEMS Modern School in Dubai, U.A.E.
Where did you say you were going again? -Sarita Singh
“Where did you say you were going again? And how do you think you would raise the money that will go towards funding this expedition?”
“Dad, I am thinking I would like to go to Antarctica and be part of a global leadership program where I would build skills and leadership qualities to help make a difference to the community we live in and learn how each one of us can contribute towards protecting the environment “
“Hmmm – if you can manage the finances, which I doubt you would – then you can go! Just make sure you don’t get into the water” (he was worried because am a diver)
This is the conversation I had with my Father in October last year and life’s been spinning 180 degrees post that! Right from raising funds to convincing people that renewable and clean energy is the way forward has been a HUGE task. 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 legendary Drake Passage in about 40 days from now has still not sunk in.
It’s impossible for me to explain how ecstatic I am at the moment. I have watched the expedition documentaries and Robert Swan’s lectures on environmental sustainability numerous times and Antarctica is the only thing I am talking about with everyone I meet. Being in the Indian IT industry, it gets a bit difficult for me to talk to people and convince them to think about anything besides their work and never ending deadlines. Nevertheless – people have been very kind and encouraging in whatever way they could. Some gave ideas, some gave contacts to raise funds and some simply gave good wishes and told me to get them a penguin from Antarctica, of course, not a possibility.
India is not a very liberal nation like the West where people take risks and invest in their passion or talk about the environment – so, building a network of people who would support me has been a real challenge. There were moments when I felt – no, it’s not going to happen and I should give up, but with the support of my family and friends I kept working towards my goal. This whole exercise has built a lot of confidence in me and has been a good personal journey of believing in myself, it has given me a feeling of ‘belonging’ to a global community of like-minded people. I have no doubt become more responsible and feel committed to a cause which I would like to support all my life and encourage people and next generation to understand and support.
I have sorted most of my gear, bought my backpack, warm jackets and waterproof boots. I could not find proper snow goggles in Delhi – but I think I will pick that from Ushuaia. Fitness is another thing I would like to work on in the next 40 days. I need to build some good stamina and bring down my BMI for the hiking activities and surviving in the cold! Along with the preparations for the expedition – am also working on a yearlong project which I would take up post the expedition. The project would focus on rural education and use of clean/ renewable energy commercially. I am working very closely with an NGO called Sanskriti to materialise these ideas. Being a diver myself, I would also like to promote use of clean fuel in boats and removal of debris from the oceans.
I feel extremely lucky and just can’t wait to get the first glimpse of an iceberg and of course meeting and hearing Robert Swan in person.
Sarita Singh, IAE 2014 Team Member
IAE 2014 commencing in March
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