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November 16-30 2009
Itinerary at a Glance...
14 Nights/15 Days
Day 1: Monday 16 November: Ushuaia, Argentina - Arrive in the southernmost city in the world
Day 2: Tuesday 17 November: Ushuaia, Argentina - Team workshops begin
Day 3: Wednesday 18 November: Embarkation on our ship the M/V Clipper Adventurer
Day 4 - 5: Thursday 19 - Friday 20 November: Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 6: Saturday 21 November: First Antarctic landing - South Shetland Islands - King George Island
Day 7 - 12: Sunday 22 - Friday 27 November: Antarctica and the Peninsula - Exploring the white continent
Day 13 - 14: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November: Sailing the Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 15: Monday 30 November 2009: Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina - Disembark and return home
On 16 November 2009, join us in Ushuaia, Argentina for the start of
our International Antarctic Treaty Expedition (IATE) celebrating the
50th Anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty.
With our 2041 team leaders, you will explore the Antarctic
Peninsula on board the M/V Clipper Adventurer for almost two
weeks. Along the way, we will seek to understand the importance
of the Antarctic Treaty and why it was created.
In parallel to discussions regarding the Antarctic Treaty, team
members will participate in Robert Swan’s personal leadership and
sustainability program “Leadership on the Edge,” which has been
supported by BP, Coca Cola, KPMG, Akzo Nobel and many other
companies over the last decade.
Our mission for the 2009 IATE is to create awareness of the
Antarctic Treaty and to insist that Antarctica is protected and never
exploited for its mineral resources.
It is the world’s fifth largest continent; the coldest, the
driest, and the windiest on earth. Twice the size of
Australia, Antarctica is east of the sun, west of the moon
and south of everything else. The 5.4 million square miles
of ice covering the continent contains 90% of the world’s
ice and 70% of the world’s fresh water. Antarctica is a
frozen, windswept continent, so hostile and remote that
there are no permanent residents.
Through the centuries, this harsh continent has attracted
pioneers of all sorts. These explorers, adventurers,
hunters, researchers, and scientists all share the same
characteristic: daring and idealistic, they are prepared
to face unknown dangers in their attempts to better
understand the Antarctic. Deep cold, pack ice, storms,
scurvy, and the long polar night have acted like a magnet.
Antarctica’s inaccessibility has been an enticement rather
than a limitation.
We follow in the footsteps of the great explorers and seek
to understand the magnitude and beauty of the great white
The Antarctic Treaty
In 1959, 12 countries signed the Antarctic Treaty: The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Treaty was added in 1991 to provide additional provisions
Zealand, Norway, the Russian Federation, South Africa, for the environmental protection of Antarctica. Currently
the United Kingdom, and the United States. These parties there is a moratorium in place which bans drilling or mining in
agreed that under the terms of the Treaty, Antarctica would Antarctica. In 2041 the Protocol on Environmental Protection
be a continent devoted to peace and science. to the Antarctic Treaty could be modified or amended. Our
challenge is to work towards the continuing protection of the
This was the same year that Fidel Castro’s army rolled Antarctic Treaty so that the Protocol remains unchanged and
into Havana, Cuba and the Luna 3, the Soviet probe, gave the last great wilderness on earth is never exploited.
humans their first view of the dark side of the Moon. In the
UK, the first section of the M1 motorway opened and the On 3 December 2009, three days after our return from
first Mini car rolled off the production line. And in the US, Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty itself will be officially
Alaska became the 49th state and the Barbie doll made her commemorated at the Antarctic Treaty Summit in
debut on the world’s toy stage and into the hearts of little Washington, D.C., the city where it was first signed.
There are few places in this world where there has never
been war, where the environment should be fully protected,
and where scientific research has priority. Antarctica is this
place. This is a testament to the Antarctic Treaty which
is arguably the single-most important and long-standing
international agreement ever signed.
The Treaty remains in force indefinitely, and reveals valuable
precedents for cooperative global governance. Visionary
goals, strategies, and achievements have emerged from the
legacy that is the Antarctic Treaty, established “in the interest
of all mankind.”
Some text adapted from the British Antarctic Survey website
Leadership on the Edge
The “Leadership on the Edge” program is an exciting
approach to personal development based on three decades
of Robert Swan’s successes and failures. He relates his
personal experiences to those of the great polar explorers
while empowering team members to develop their own
distinctive leadership skills and deliver extraordinary results
into today’s challenging work environment.
We will sail through this frozen continent gaining new
insights into personal leadership and teamwork through
positive participation. During the program, our experts on
the Antarctic Treaty, leadership, and climate change will host
presentations, lectures, and debates in a dynamic classroom
setting both onshore and on board the ship.
This year’s team will include students, corporate leaders,
educators and entrepreneurs who will share this incredible
experience with their businesses, schools and communities
upon their return.
Education & The E-base
In 1992, Robert Swan was invited by the United Nations to be The dream of building the world’s first education station in
a keynote speaker at the first Earth Summit for Sustainable Antarctica (E-Base) became a reality during the 2002-2007
Development, held in Rio de Janeiro. During the conference Antarctic expeditions. Each year the participants worked
he was challenged by world leaders to “Think Global, Act to plan, build and promote the E-Base as a resource for
Local”. Robert made a commitment to deliver a global and teachers and a source of inspiration to students around the
local environmental mission, accomplished by young people world.
from around the world, to the next World Summit in 2002.
In 2008, Robert Swan and a small team lived at the E-Base
In 1993, in support of the Global Mission, Robert took for two weeks powered solely by renewable energy: ‘E-Base
35 young people from 25 nations to Antarctica. With the Goes Live’ Expedition. Live dispatches from Ebase to our
cooperation of the Russian Government, the team would website and schools around the world demonstrated the
endeavor to remove and recycle 1,500 tons of waste from use of renewable energy and sustainable living in one of the
Antarctica. harshest environments on earth.
Seven years later, through the team’s enormous effort of In 2009, the 2041 renewable energy team installed the latest
fundraising, planning and executing the mission, the waste at in technology to the E-Base station. With the support and
Bellingshausen, on King George Island was finally cleared. vision of NPower, a UK-Based utility company, the E-Base
The wilderness area that had been uninhabitable for Antarctic now runs entirely off renewable energy, 365 days a year.
wildlife was restored and the penguins returned.
The E-Base aims to provide a year-round virtual educational
Inspired by the work of this committed group of young people, message about climate change to schools and organizations
Robert envisioned an education base in Antarctica, a place around the world.
from which the world would be able to experience the beauty
of this incredible continent virtually.
Climate Change & Sustainability
Whether you consider climate change to be directly caused
by human activity, or believe it is the result of natural cycles,
we all agree: global warming is a reality.
Tackling climate change will require the cooperation of
businesses, industries and governments on an international
level as well as individual willingness to work towards
The “Leadership on the Edge” program challenges individuals
to take personal responsibility for their own actions and
prepares them to return home with the necessary tools to
contribute to a more sustainable future.
As part of 2041’s commitment to providing responsible
expedition travel, we offer all team members the opportunity
to offset the carbon equivalent of their entire expedition
through NativeEnergy, a climate solutions pioneer and the
top-ranked offsetting provider in North America.
More information available at www.nativeenergy.com
Ship Overview: The Clipper Adventurer
The M/V Clipper Adventurer will be home to our team for almost two weeks. The 100-passenger ship is among the few
vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to remote regions like Antarctica. The ice-strengthened
hull and ice class rating of A-1 permits her to glide easily and safely through icy waters that are inaccessible to cruise
The Clipper Adventurer was designed in the style of the great ocean liners. This small expedition ship has advanced
communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gryofin stabilizers and is fully
equipped with all modern amenities.
The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiacs and a special loading platform for easy on/off access to maximize time spent ashore.
Our expeditions to the fragile habitats of Antarctica are operated in an environmentally responsible matter. 2041 adheres to
the stringent guidelines of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators), designed to ensure that Antarctica
will remain pristine for generations to come.
The 2041 Mission...
Robert Swan inspires the leaders of tomorrow to make
informed and sustainable decisions for the future. He
named his company ‘2041’ to raise global awareness of the
importance of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to
the Antarctic Treaty, and to remind us of the inherent value
in preserving the last great wilderness on earth.
2041’s mission is to build on Robert Swan’s life-long
commitments by inspiring and educating young people,
teachers, and business leaders on the importance of
preserving Antarctica. To do this, 2041 raises awareness on
the issue of climate change and encourages people to adopt
sustainable, renewable energy practices so that Antarctica
will never be exploited for its resources.
“The greatest threat to our planet
is the belief that
someone else will save it.”
Robert Swan OBE
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