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The Voyage For Cleaner Energy

  2. 2. Robert Swan OBE 1979 BA Hons Ancient History, Durham University UK 1980 - 81 British Antarctic Survey, field guide 1984 - 87 ‘In the Footsteps of Scott’, South Pole Expedition; South Pole reached, 11 January 1986 1987 - 89 ‘Icewalk’, North Pole Expedition, North Pole reached, 14 May 1989 Became the first person in history to walk to both Poles 1992 Invited by the United Nations as keynote speaker at the first Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro 1992 - 2002 The world leaders’ challenge: ‘Think Global, Act Local’ The ‘Global Mission’ : Initiated the removal of 1,500 tons of waste from Antarctica The ‘Local Mission’ : Partnered with African organization ‘loveLife’ and reached 150,000 young people on the issue of AIDS 2002 Presented the successful Global and Local Missions to world leaders at the Johannesburg World Summit for Sustainable Development 2003 Cape to Rio Yacht Race with sailboat ‘2041’ 2003 - 04 Circumnavigation of Africa with sailboat ‘2041’ 2004 - 05 Sailboat ‘2041’ entered the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with sails made from recycled plastic bottles 2003 - present Inspire Antarctic Expeditions: Involving industry & young people on the preservation of Antarctica and the need for renewable energy 2008 ‘The E-Base Goes Live’ : Pioneered the world’s first education base in Antarctica which ran solely off renewable energy 2008 The Voyage for Cleaner Energy Phase I: Lectured at 26 prominent universities along the West coast of the U.S. to highlight the convenient ways that individuals can implement sustainable practices in their lives 2008 The Voyage for Cleaner Energy Phase II: Sailboat ‘2041’ continued on the East coast of the U.S. 2012 The third World Summit for Sustainable Development 2041 - 48 The ‘Madrid Protocol’ and moratorium on mining and drilling in Antarctica will be reviewed
  3. 3. A Lifetime of Achievement
  4. 4. Expeditions
  5. 5. The Dream 1967 Robert Charles Swan was born on 28 July 1956. His interest in polar exploration began at school in England. At the age of eleven, he became inspired by the ‘Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration’ (1895 - 1917) and the race to the South Pole between Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen. It was Scott’s tragic final journey to the South Pole that inspired Robert’s commitment to follow ‘In the Footsteps of Scott’ to the South Pole. Captain Robert Falcon Scott & Team, South Pole, 17 January 1912 Robert Charles Swan, Age 11 Sir Ernest Shackleton Roald Amundsen
  6. 6. The Vision 1979 to 1984 In 1979 Robert decided to raise the necessary funds to reach the Pole. It took him five years of planning and over 1,000 sponsors to reach the $5 million required for the expedition. With these funds he purchased a ship, ‘Southern Quest’, and convinced 25 volunteers to give up three years of their lives for the expedition. ‘Southern Quest’ set sail for Antarctica in mid January 1984 to travel the 15,000 miles to Antarctica. The only stop on the journey was Lyttleton, New Zealand to meet Bill Burton, who at 96 was the last surviving member of Scott’s expedition of 1912. Robert’s dream was becoming a reality. Roger Mear, Bill Burton & Robert Swan
  7. 7. The South Pole 1984 to 1987 In the Footsteps of Scott After sailing three months, the team arrived in February 1985 during the Antarctic winter, and stayed until November in the ‘Jack Hayward’ base (so named to honor a generous donor), with the base camp team John Tolson and Dr. Michael Stroud. Once winter had passed, Robert Swan, Roger Mear, and Gareth Wood set out to ski the 900 miles to the Geographic South Pole, each hauling 350-pound sleds. On 11 January 1986, after 70 days of travel and without the aid of any radio communications or emergency support, Robert’s team stood at the Geographic South Pole. They had completed the longest unsupported Antarctic expedition in history.
  8. 8. The North Pole 1987 to 1989 Icewalk Three years after reaching the South Pole, Robert assembled a team of eight people from seven nations in an attempt to reach the Geographic North Pole. The team consisted of Dr. Misha Malakhov, Russia; Rupert Summerson, UK; Graeme Joy, Australia; Arved Fuchs, Germany; Hiroshi Onishi, Japan; Angus Cockney, Inuit; and Daryl E. Roberts, USA. To engage and inspire the world’s youth, the expedition selected 22 young people from 15 countries and stationed them at the base camp in Eureka on Ellesmere Island in the High Arctic. While monitoring the expedition team, they produced a series of educational films and facilitated the process of waste removal from the surrounding Arctic wilderness. Robert and his team reached the Geographic North Pole on 14 May 1989. At the age of 33 Robert Swan had become the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles.
  9. 9. The Promise On both polar expeditions, Robert experienced first hand the effects of climate change and ozone depletion. Prior to this, no significant research on the depletion of the ozone layer had been undertaken. Robert’s expeditions highlighted the reality of a global climate disturbance. The historic journeys completed, two of Robert’s patrons for his polar expedition, Jacques Cousteau and Sir Peter Scott (Founder of the World Wildlife Fund), asked Robert to use his story toward the preservation of the Antarctic. Thus began Robert’s 50 year mission, to inspire the youth of our planet, in the hope that by 2041 we ensure their engagement on the protection of this last great wilderness on Earth, for generations to come.
  10. 10. The 50 Year Mission 1991 to 2041 Human activities in Antarctica are governed by an international agreement known as the Antarctic Treaty, established in 1961. This unique international agreement ensures that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes only and that the environment is protected. To date, the Antarctic Treaty has been signed by 44 nations, representing two-thirds of the world’s population. ‘We should have The Madrid Protocol provides additional pro- tection for the Antarctic Treaty and designates the continent as a ‘Natural Reserve Land for Science the wisdom to and Peace’. It also places a ban on mining and mineral exploration for 50 years. This moratorium expires in 2041. As the year 2041 quickly approaches, Robert’s know when to goal is to ensure that the young people of today make informed and sustainable decisions for tomorrow. In our own backyards we can take small achievable steps to protect and preserve leave Antarctica the beauty and integrity of our environment and our planet for future generations. alone’ Sir Peter Scott, 1988
  11. 11. From Earth Summit to World Summit Earth Summit Rio de Janeiro, 1992 Robert was invited by the United Nations as a keynote speaker to the first Earth Summit for Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. During the conference he was challenged to “Think Global, Act Local”. Robert made a commitment to deliver a global and local environmental mission, carried out by young people from around the world, to the next World Summit, in 2002. Both missions were to involve leaders in industry and business, and engage youth in the process. The Global Mission In 1993, in support of the Global Mission, Robert took 35 young people from 25 nations to Antarctica. With the cooperation of the Russian Government, the team would endeavor to remove and recycle 1,500 tons of waste from Antarctica. Seven years later, through the team’s enormous effort of fundraising, planning and executing the mission, the waste at the Russian base of Bellingshausen, King George Island, was finally cleared. The wilderness area that had been uninhabitable for Antarctic wildlife was restored.
  12. 12. 1992 to 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development Johannesburg, 2002 The Local Mission In an effort to support a relevant local mission, Robert partnered with ‘loveLife’, an organization battling AIDS in South Africa, the location of the next World Summit for Sustainable Development. In order to reach the greatest number of young people, Robert and the ‘2041’ sailboat embarked on an overland voyage through the heart of South Africa. The voyage reached out to over 150,000 young people across South Africa. During the World Summit the ‘Ice Station’ exhibit was visited by 128 world leaders and 35,000 visitors, including 12,000 young people. It was awarded first prize for outstanding contribution to the World Summit. Robert was once again charged by world leaders to continue his mission and report back ten years later at the next World Summit for Sustainable Development in 2012.
  13. 13. A Call to Action The Cape to Rio Yacht Race January - April 2003 As the first step to the 2012 World Summit, Swan led a team of young African leaders on sailboat ‘2041’ on the ‘Cape to Rio Yacht Race’. The Circumnavigation of Africa May 2003 - May 2004 Returning from Rio the yacht embarked on ‘The Circumnavigation of Africa’. The voyage promoted AIDS awareness, water conservation and recycling while visiting over 30 ports. Along the route communities participated in clean-up projects with the aim of improving their local environment. In his continued efforts to create young leaders, Robert selected three young men from ‘loveLife’ to become the first African crew in history to circumnavigate their own continent. They now use that story to engage and inspire young people throughout South Africa on AIDS awareness.
  14. 14. 2003 to 2005 The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race December 2004 - January 2005 Continuing on the journey toward the 2012 World Summit, sailboat ‘2041’ entered the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with revolutionary sails made from recycled plastic bottles. ‘2041’ was crewed by industry leaders and teachers selected for their outstanding inspiration to young people. Through a terrific storm the sailboat finished 24th... ...and the sails survived!
  15. 15. Inspire Antarctic Expeditions Leadership on the Edge 2003 - 2009 After 23 years of sustainable leadership and teamwork experience, Robert Swan led the first corporate expedition to Antarctica in 2003. Since then, the annual expedition consists of up to 70 members, men and women from international industry and business, along with teachers and young people. Team members are inspired to create extraordinary results through leadership, teamwork and personal development. Expedition members gain first hand knowledge of the continent’s fragile ecosystem and the effects of climate change in Antarctica. They have the opportunity to share knowledge across cultural boundaries, and to create essential partnerships that will drive their leadership on strategic climate solutions upon their return.
  16. 16. 2003 to 2008
  17. 17. The E-Base Inspire Antarctica Expeditions - The E-Base 2003 - 2008 Robert envisioned an education base in Antarctica, a place from which the world would be able to experience the beauty of this incredible continent electronically. With the foresight and support of the Russian Antarctic Division, Robert’s international team succeeded in removing 1,500 tons of waste from Antarctica. Inspired by the work of this committed group of young people, Robert’s next project came in the form of a small, abandoned scientists’ station, which was to become the ‘E-Base’- the world’s first education base in Antarctica.
  18. 18. 2003 to 2012 The dream of building the world’s first education station in Antarctica (E-Base) became a reality during the IAE 2002 - 2007 expeditions. Each year the IAE participants worked to plan, build, and promote the E-Base as a resource for teachers and a source of inspiration to students around the world. These efforts culminated in the 2008 ‘E-Base Goes Live’ expedition, where Robert and a small team lived at the E-Base for two weeks powered by renewable energy. The project produced educational dispatches from the field that demonstrated uses of renewable energy and sustainable living in one of the harshest environments on Earth.
  19. 19. The Voyage For Cleaner Energy The Voyage for Cleaner Energy is a world- wide lecture series and sailing expedition by Robert Swan and his team at 2041. The purpose of the Voyage is to increase aware- ness about environmental issues related to climate change and inspire young people to lead the way in implementing practical, viable solutions. Over five years Robert journeys with sail- boat ‘2041’ from the U.S. to Europe, Rus- sia, India and China, talking with university students, corporate executives, and gov- ernment officials about their roles as lead- ers in tackling climate change and accom- plishing sustainability. Robert wants to spread the message that “the time to act is now”, and he and his team at 2041 are hoping their message will inspire others into action on sustainable liv- ing practices. Sailboat ‘2041’ has revolutionary sails made from recycled plastic bottles, innova- tive solar panel sails, wind turbines, and an engine that runs on bio-fuels. It is outfitted with eco-friendly features and carries green products and technology on board.
  20. 20. 2008 to 2012 Phase I of the Voyage began on the West coast of the U.S. in April 2008 in San Francisco, California. The sailboat proceeded north to Seattle then sailed south to Portland, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego. Robert lectured at 26 universities, reaching over 30,000 students with the 2041 mission. Continuing through all phases of the journey, Robert engages and inspires young future leaders, addressing the key issues of climate change and renewable energy sources that affect us all.
  21. 21. The Voyage For Cleaner Energy
  22. 22. 2008 to 2012
  23. 23. ROBERT SWAN OFFICER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE www.2041.com Te l + 1 5 3 0 5 8 7 2 0 4 1 Fax +1 530 587 2144