We are Justin Yeung and Christie Lai and we have been selected as official participants and Hong Kong delegations for the 2041 ClimateForce Antarctic Expedition in 2022 (17 March - 28 March) [updated].
We will be 2 of the 80 participants of a diverse group of people from across the world who will be participating in the “Leadership on the Edge” program led by famous polar explorer Robert Swan O.B.E., and learning exercises taught by renowned experts on the issues of climate change, sustainability, and energy use.
The purpose of this expedition to the Antarctic is to engage and inspire leaders to take responsibility for building resilient communities and to be sustainable in all aspects of living.
This campaign is to seek YOUR SUPPORT raise a total of HKD $300,000 to cover all the cost for the expedition. All outstanding donations will be donated to Climate Fresk, a non-profit dedicated to educating the world on climate change and promoting change.
How can you support us?
Ultimately, we want to provide everyone with a chance to be involved in this expedition. 2041 is a crucial year when the fate of the Antarctic will be decided. (A 50-year treaty prohibiting any kind of exploration in Antarctica ends in 2041.) As such, we hope people who are viewing this campaign can donate any amount with the combination of the number 2/0/4/1 (eg. $1, $2, $4, $204, $2041...) to raise awareness of this 2041 Antarctic Treaty. The donation amount is subject to your preference.
WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO DONATE AS LITTLE AS $1 HKD.
For just $1 your name will be featured on our website for the recognition of your involvement in joining the alliance to protect the 2041 Antarctic Treaty and recognition for becoming a part of the global force against climate change.
You can also go to the ‘Rewards’ section to see if there are any rewards in exchange for donations that you would like!
You can also support us by SHARING our mission in your social media and to your friends and family!
Who are we?
The United World Colleges’ movement strives to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future through the use of various intercultural activities and dynamic lifestyles.
Upon graduating from the United World College we have been fortunate enough to experience talking to people coming from different cultures, in turn fostering our passion to contribute to the peace and sustainability of the world.
“I am a final year BSc Geography student from the University of Bristol specialising in the field of physical geography, specifically climate systems, geographic information system and geographic data science.
Fighting against climate change has always been a topic I have felt the most engaging with and it appeals to me on a personal and academic level. My experience volunteering at the SOS Children’s Village in the Philippines in 2017 has provided me with the opportunity to interact with the local residents about the impacts and consequences of Typhoon Haiyan, a ‘man-made’ climate phenomenon resulting from the increase in intensity and frequency of monsoons in 2013. This first-hand experience has made me realise and visualise the geographical and socio-economic vulnerability of developing countries, which sparked my interest to strive for a favourable change on a global scale and fight against climate change.
With the rising development in technology, there is an increasing demand and potential for the incorporation of big data in development projects. I believe that geographic information is valuable across all disciplines and can be used to develop new solutions and contribute to the transformation of infrastructures of the world in a geospatial context. I would like to help fight against climate change by designing solutions that aim to educate the public as well as collaborating and running international campaigns through the use of digital innovations, ultimately making a long-lasting impact in the environment.
Participating in this expedition will provide me with a valuable opportunity to expose to a broad spectrum of polar tropics. From learning about the fundamentals of glaciology in the university to observing and exploring the diverse biodiversity and natural landscapes of Antarctica first-handed will allow me to visualise the subsequent impacts from ice and ocean in the global carbon cycle. By witnessing the existing conditions and experiencing the subtle and vibrant nature of Antarctica, I will be able to comprehend the difference and contrast between a built environment and a primitive environment through which to facilitate our pursuit of solutions regarding environmental sustainability as well as the transformation and convergence of societies into thinking about the natural environment. I strongly believe that a global effort is needed for the protection of Antarctica and the fight against climate change. Antarctica not only holds a decisive position in the global climate but also in the cohesion of global industrial, commercial, cultural, economic and political institutions.”
“I am a penultimate Ecology and Biodiversity student from the University of Hong Kong. I aspire to play an active role in marine conservation by being a marine biologist and aim to specialise in marine ecosystems in the future.
My determination to save the environment has always been embedded in my consciousness, and deeply influenced by my upbringing. A significant part of my upbringing, despite the heavy academic emphasis in Hong Kong, was to go snorkelling in marine parks with my dad. I have not only personally witnessed what climate change can do to our marine environment, but also how fast it can recover if we allow it. My admiration for this magically complex yet self-balancing nature is the reason why I chose to study ecology and biodiversity, to equip myself with knowledge of other fascinating ecosystems as well.
My passion has also grown me into being an assertive individual, as I strive to be the catalyst for people recognising the urgency to conserve and take actions. For people to incline into being more empathetic towards the environment, they should first witness the beauty of our nature, and I hope my existence could inspire that.
Climate Change is a responsibility that should be borne by everyone. From my university studies, I understood that alterations in one ecosystem could transform other ecosystems, despite the distance. Ecosystems around the world, though seem distant from each other, are interconnected by both species and climate in this closed Earth system. Hence I believe that local and international collaborative efforts are of equal importance in fighting against climate change.
This expedition provides an experience like no other to witness the only piece of land unexploited by humans. As an aspiring marine biologist, I believe I would be highly fascinated by marine life, even if only I can observe from the boat. Antarctic water is known for its strongest current that gives rise to a rich community of life. I am excited to find out the environmental condition and discover the adaptations marine life possess in order to survive these conditions. Since Antarctica is still very understudied, my documentation could raise more interest within my university to study the biodiversity, evolution or climate history of this area which can be used to predict the life and temporal changes in this region. Nonetheless, I hope that this eye-opening experience will facilitate my mission to inspire more people of my age, of my community, and of my society to be more aware of our precious environment and act upon climate change.”
What is 2041?
Antarctica is a protected Pole, pristine and untouched by any kind of exploration. A 50-year treaty prohibiting any kind of exploitation in Antarctica ends in 2041. In the year 2041, the fate of Antarctica will be decided. Sir Robert Swan started the “2041” Foundation to spread awareness about climate change, Antarctica’s present condition and create leaders by 2041 to protect this treaty. Connecting businesses, students, and everyday citizens to the power of the outdoors has always been at the core of 2041. 2041 is working to protect Antarctica and unite those who seek to protect our world and create a more sustainable, clean energy future.
“Only through gaining a relationship with something, will you be driven to protect it.”
Who is Robert Swan?
Sir Robert Swan is the first person to have walked to both the North and South Poles. He was awarded the Polar Medal by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Youth. Through his organization ‘2041’, Swan has travelled to all corners of the globe to inspire and build leaders in order to create a more sustainable world. He is on a 50-year mission to help preserve Antarctica and our planet.
The experiences at the Poles allowed Swan to witness the effects of climate change firsthand, and he shifted his life’s purpose in working toward solutions to the greatest threat on Earth. Swan is one history’s greatest survivalist and has spent his life doing the impossible and inspiring the world. He has shown us his strength, courage, and fortitude countless times in the direst of situations.
In November 2017, Robert Swan, one of history’s greatest explorers went on an expedition to the South Pole with his son Barney, on a mission known as the South Pole Energy Challenge (SPEC). This father and son team skied on a 600-mile journey surviving solely on renewable energy, a first in polar-exploration. Their hope was to show the world that if we can survive on renewable energy in the most inhospitable place on earth then we can do so anywhere on the planet.
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FAQ: What do you plan to work on after the Expedition?
“My short term goals would be to consolidate my experience and expand my network by sharing my experience of the expedition with my local communities about climate change. To fight against climate change, more people should know about the possible solutions and the beauty of preserving the environment. Collective effort is essential to strive for a change. This can be done through going for radio and television interviews and creating contents in social media, in the aim of targeting different audiences. With these short term goals, I hope to establish a common ground in my local community and to work together towards fighting against climate change.
My long term goals would be to set up campaigns and create platforms to develop sustainable solutions to fight against climate change. I am aiming to be a catalyst for international collaboration regarding climate action and influence others to join the global force of change. Besides, I hope to work on cross-national environmental sustainability-related projects and to have more field experience to become more credible in fighting against climate change.”
“After I return, the first thing I would want to do is spread the word. I plan to document my experience and produce a video to publish on different platforms, such as social media and news media, and contact other green groups and influencers to repost. By sharing in ted talks within schools and universities and interviews with radio and broadcasting platforms, I can disseminate my passion and vision for environmental conservation to the broader community.
In order for the public to act upon my calling, I hope to establish an alliance to unite advocates, green groups, professionals such as climate lawyers, professors, engineers and set up campaigns that they can take part in. This platform is to gather more extensive influence and establish long-term collaborative effort, including but not limited to, the formulation of a decarbonisation strategy proposal, the development of innovative renewable energy, and facilitating international campaigns to fight climate change as one.”