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Ninety (90%) percent of all the world's ice.Seventy (70%) percent of all the world's fresh water.The driest place on earth. The interior is considered the world’s largest desert. The 5th biggest continent, bigger than the US!
Fossil fuels, such as gasoline are a big cause of green house gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Sea levels are gradually rising, because the majority of the world’s water is locked up in Antarctic ice.Anincrease in extreme weather events in places around the world from climate change (contributing factor - increase in water vapor)Most of the world’s great cities are located on coasts around the world. Krill populations of Antarctica have decreased by 80% because of the decrease of ice in the sea….which affects penguin, whales, seals as this is a food source.
Pricing it, Buying it, Taxing it, Living to reduce it. As we look to the future, by the year 2035 there will be 9 Billion people on the planet (today there are over 7B). Housing, manufacturing, transportation, and other needs are all expected to increase accordingly. Billions of new users will have access to technology. Seeking more environmentally sustainable business practices is key, both for business and individuals.
The Annual Environmental Leadership Program and Antarctica Expedition was developed by an environmental organization called the 2041 Group focused on the preservation of Antarctica and is led by Renowned Polar Explorer Robert Swan. The first expedition started in 2003. The Program is a combination of experiential excursions throughout the Antarctica Peninsula along with leadership development, environmental education from environmental experts (climate science, energy demand, political process), communication skills, team-building, and survival training all within the dynamic classroom of the Antarctic. Guest experts on the environment, climate change, sustainable development, and outdoor leadership host presentations, debates, etc. Team members are uniquely equipped to be powerful sustainability advocates and leaders when they return home.
Humpback Whales everywhere…massive, graceful and beautiful at times swimming peacefully right under out zodiac 12 man rafts…
Since the 2001 cleanup effort, Swan has brought more than 670 people to Antarctica to learn, first hand, about Bellingshausen, the E-Base, and thewonders of a protected Antarctic environment. The Russian government facilitated the creation of 2041’s E-Base, so have in some ways, done more for thepreservation of Antarctica than many other countries on the continent. By allowing Swan to construct a zero-carbon, low-energy environmental study centreat Bellingshausen – the E-Base – the Russian government is helping educate people around the world about renewable energy. As Swan says, “If you can build a place to live using only renewable energy in the Antarctic climate, you can do it anywhere.”
Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA) Remediation Technologies Conference in Banff, Canada, in 2010 Robert Swan delivered a passionate keynote address Robert wanted the knowledgeable Canadian cold-weather soil and cleanup professionals to investigate the current environmental conditions at Bellingshausen – ten years after the cleanup – Robert is delivering copies of the report to VIPs at the Rio+20 summit and speaking to this report (and the ongoing work at Bellingshausen) in his remarks at the conference.In response: to Robert’s challenge, five members collaborated to form ESAA Team Canada and joined the 2041 Inspire Antarctica Expedition (IAE) in March 2011.Their findings: Results from the site visit and field work confirmed that the Bellingshausen beach area remains free of any newly deposited waste and that the researchstation has made increased efforts to segregate wastes into decommissioned above-ground tanks for storage. Although the beach remains clear of anynewly deposited waste, there is evidence of residual impacts and further delineation of potential impacts is recommended. Further assessment work is necessaryto determine the extent of the hydrocarbon impacts in the tank farm area. As part of Team Canada’s visual assessment, the Russians were observed placing domestic garbage and waste into three former fuel tanks, modified for this purpose, on the beach. This represented first-hand evidence that the Russians are managing their waste in a much more controlled manner. Based on the onsite investigation in 2011, the team members concluded that the clean-up work conducted by 2041 and their Russian partners in 2001 was effective in removing the waste and that base staff should be commended for continuing to keep the beach area clear of debris.The Russian Ecological Group of Bellingshausen is making a concerted effort, the penguins have returned, and E-Base remains as a continuing legacy ofpositive change.
-Greg Möller’s is a professor in the School of Food Science and Environmental Science Program and has developed an innovative course “Principles of Sustainability” It’s a global online open course that uses multiple modes of new media to inform and inspire students. Ranked number one on Google search for the disciplinary important term “principles of sustainability,”-Professor Möller has produced cinematic HD-surround sound “doculectures”A doculecture is a PowerPoint-free presentation, formalized in content, and supported with media such as subject descriptive film, photographs, animations, music, and text. There are over 40 Doculectures with a wealth of information available on this website including Alternative Energy, eWaste, Recycling, Sustainable buildings and transportation, and many more… as well as accessible on You Tube. Informative for high school, college level and adults interested in learning more about Environmental Sustainability. -Over 100 filmmakers and scholars across the globe, and numerous students, contributed to his course. -Available on computers, smartphones, video game consoles, streaming media players, and IPTV (internet protocol TV), the Creative Commons 3.0 licensed materials produced by Professor Möller are loaded almost 2000 times per week in 80+ countries.
On average each expeditioner expended 10 Tonnes of carbon for the expedition. A challenge to each person was to determine how we would offset our expedition experience. the single most important step: Measure your actual carbon footprint. pledge to use an online calculator in the next 7 days (after returning). know your impact – many assessment tools out there, the one I like is from the Nature Conservancy http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/index.htmSimple things recommended from the expedition - Light bulbs, water bottles, Recycle, support local food producersA few simple things I’ve done…Work from home (except for a few days per month), planted a vegetable garden, focus on buy Idaho and talk with store owners to encourage them to buy local as much as possible, reusable shopping bags only (no paper or plastic) and phased replacing the lighting in my home with LED, manage my energy use – more aware of unplugging applicances in my home I’m not using or if my cell phone is fully charged, unplug it and the charger.
2041Leadership on the Edge, InternationalEnvironmental Antarctic ExpeditionJanet MorrisHP and The Corporate Eco Forum in Antarctica 2011
WHERE WERE PEOPLE FROM?LebanonSouth AfricaIrelandEnglandWalesCanadaJapanChinaMexicoOmanEgyptAustraliaNew ZealandIndiaUnited StatesIndonesiaUnited Arab EmiratesSingaporeRussia Citizens of AntarcticaArgentina