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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.
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.”
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