Antarctic Expedition November 2009


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A brief summary of the 2041 Antarctic Expedition that will take place in November 2009.

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Antarctic Expedition November 2009

  1. 1. I AT E 2 0 0 9 I N T E R N AT I O N A L A N TA R C T I C T R E AT Y E X P E D I T I O N November 16-30 2009
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Overview 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.
  4. 4. Antarctica 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 continent.
  5. 5. 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. girls everywhere. 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
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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 sustainability. 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
  9. 9. 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 ships. 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.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” Robert Swan OBE
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