With Antarctica now a bucket-list destination for travelers from around the globe, there is one expedition that is setting sail with the specific mission to allow for organizations, students and adventurers to come together and not only explore one of the most beautiful destinations on earth, but to better understand the urgency for change.
Led by Robert Swan and Barney Swan, and setting sail on November 3, 2021, the 2041 ClimateForce Antarctica Expedition will take its passengers on an unforgettable journey, and provide the tools for each explorer to become part of a vast global movement of climate change leaders from across the planet.
No other polar region expedition on the planet has a more comprehensive on-board programming schedule than the 2041 ClimateForce Antarctica Expedition in 2021. With a renowned ‘Leadership on the Edge’ program (tested for 23 years and 30 journeys), guests will partake in a unique blend of leadership development, up-to-date climate change training, and sustainability education to help on their personal climate leadership journey.
- If all the ice melted in Antarctica global sea levels would rise by 60 meters (200 feet).
- 90% of Earth’s Ice is in Antarctica.
- Antarctica is home to about 70% of the planet’s freshwater
- Antarctica is losing more than 200 billion tons of ice each year.
- Greenland and Antarctica have lost 6.4 trillion tons of ice since the 1990s. The resulting meltwater boosted global sea levels by 0.7 inches (17.8 millimeters). Together, the melting polar ice sheets are responsible for a third of all sea level rise.
- Offset the carbon footprint of entire expedition through their partner agency Neutral Together – a revolutionary tool that provides measurement of emissions using a specialised carbon calculator developed for the travel industry and a community-based C02 offsetting model.
- Clean up an additional 25% of CO2 from the atmosphere so that the Expedition is taking more CO2 out of the atmosphere than it is putting in.
- Offsetting will be accomplished by participation in five environmental projects across the globe that include wind, solar, and hydroelectric projects.
Robert Swan and Barney Swan, a father/son team that have made it their mission to preserve and protect the Antarctic region, realize that experiencing Antarctica is the best way to create a new and informed generation of global climate change leaders. Having created the 2041 Foundation, Robert Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica through the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change.
Set to launch on November 3, 2021, the adventure coincides with the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the human discovery of the Antarctic. The 12-day itinerary begins in Ushuaia, Argentina, the port city, and Antarctica adventure hub, before setting sail through the Beagle Channel and the Drake Passage. The expected stops in Antarctica will be Crystal Sound, Fish Islands and Deception Island, the former center of the Antarctica whaling industry.