Climate change: sit up, listen and take a stand

Kate, an MA from Sydney, shares her thoughts before embarking on the expedition, along with the application video that helped her get there.

Antarctica. There are no polar bears there. Surprising, right?!

When I found out that I was lucky enough to have the opportunity of a lifetime to visit this untouched wonder, one of the first things people would say is, be careful you don’t get attacked by a polar bear. Like me, many others had no idea Antarctica is not home to any polar bears. Why is it that we don’t know much about this amazing place, even facts as simple as what animals live there?  It is just one example of many showing how little people like you and I know about the continent.

I applied for this expedition having little knowledge about Antarctica itself and about climate change in general. But I found myself with a hunger to learn more and to know how little old me could help make a difference and take some steps towards protecting Antarctica.  The video I made as part of my application is just below:

 

Did I expect to get picked for the expedition knowing so little? No. But it actually turns out that I am the perfect candidate. 2041 and the expedition is all about educating a wide mix of people from around the world on climate change issues and committing to come back to our communities and make a difference with our new found knowledge.

Through our journey and this blog, our aim is to encourage people to sit up and listen. To care and be aware. To be inspired to make changes in this world for the better for today, and for generations to come. The incredible thing is that even the small changes we make today will impact our future as a planet. It is all about keeping climate change at the forefront of our minds, communicating with others to share knowledge and encourage others to take a stand and care as well.

We look forward to taking you on the journey with us to Antarctica and hope you will find inspiration in our experiences. You can follow our blog which we will update throughout our journey with the limited access we have (so weird not having unlimited wifi access). Please also check out 2041.com for up to date information on the expedition and sign up for their newsletter if you want even more information.

I’ll leave you with a final thought that Robert Swan quoted during our first days together:

“If Antarctica were music, it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it.”                                                                                                                              – Andrew Denton

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