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Jolly To Antarctica To Save The Planet!

March 28, 2016

By Paul Homewood

  

From the “You could not make it up department”!

 

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http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/destination-of-the-week/17-indian-explorers-spellbound-by-antarctica/

 

Reblogged from Sunshine Hours:

 

Students set sail to save the world!

… university students, techies, researchers, executives and greens with a common cause to save earth from ill-effects of greenhouse emissions, rapid urbanisation, excess consumption of natural resources and changing lifestyle.

Irony!

Setting off in ‘Ocean Endeavour’, the luxury ship navigated by 50 crew members.

 

Luxury!

The ship offers a superb guest experience with a nautical lounge, two restaurants, sundeck, and ample deck space for observation of polar landscapes. The ship’s interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel to the cabins and common spaces.

Ocean Endeavour has a focus on health and wellness with newly-built saunas, pool, gym, hot tub and the Wellness Café and Juice Bar. The ship will offer guests onboard services and amenities that that will enhance their Polar expedition experience. There is also a Polar Boutique, where guests can buy gifts and/or any gear they might need for the voyage.

 

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According to the Indian ExpressIndian Express:

 

 

Seventeen young Indians have returned from Antarctica with breath-taking stories of its icebergs, icy winds, weather and inhabitants – penguins, seals, whales and sharks.

“It’s an out of the world experience. It’s like being to another planet, where nature opens up its treasures and beckons humans to discover the earth’s last great wilderness,” International Antarctica Expedition (IAE) member D. Chandrika said.

Chandrika cruised back to Ushuaia in Argentina on Friday from the 12-day adventurous trip, with 149 other members from 26 countries.

The 17 Indians, including eight women and nine men in mid-to-late 20s, are university students, techies, researchers, executives and greens with a common cause to save earth from ill-effects of greenhouse emissions, rapid urbanisation, excess consumption of natural resources and changing lifestyle.

Organised by the US-based 2041 Foundation under the leadership of veteran polar explorer and British environmentalist Robert Swan, the expedition studied the impact of climate change due to global warming for promoting renewable energy sources, sustainability and preserve the earth’s fragile ecosystem.

Swan, 60, the first person to set foot on North Pole and South Pole in 1989, set up the Foundation in 1991 to preserve Antarctica by promoting recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat affects of climate change. Setting off in ‘Ocean Endeavour’, the luxury ship navigated by 50 crew members, from Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town, the expedition sailed on March 14 towards the Antarctica Peninsula crossing the stormy Drake Passage and entering the blue waters of the ocean with no land in sight anywhere.

 

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. John Palmer permalink
    March 28, 2016 8:30 pm

    Good grief… you just couldn’t make it up, could you?
    Swanning-around on a green jolly.

  2. Broadlands permalink
    March 28, 2016 8:59 pm

    India is the second most populous country, after China. It grew 40% from 1990 through 2010, 10% more than the world and ~20% more than the US and China. There is an excess of something.

  3. March 28, 2016 9:21 pm

    ‘the expedition studied the impact of climate change due to global warming’

    Such as expanding Antarctic sea ice?

  4. March 28, 2016 9:50 pm

    I wish I’d thought of it, it’s a great way to fleece a lot of money from a bunch of naive fools

  5. March 29, 2016 6:20 am

    Steady on : Ushuaia is almost like a ferrytour port for the Antarctic. When I was there it was possible to to turn up hang around for a few days and find a place on a boat trip which cost $500 upwards for a week (The $500 is the mostly the cost of the survival suit). So I think the Indian newspaper has dramatized a rather routine event
    …so Paul has had a rather misleading starting point.

    These Indian students are not saving the world..they are just another bunch of affluent tourists having a dream trip.

    • ClimateOtter permalink
      March 29, 2016 8:27 am

      But we’ll still laugh if they get stuck. Apologies to the ship and crew for having to get stuck with them, of course.

    • March 29, 2016 11:07 am

      You’re forgetting that the expedition was

      organised by the US-based 2041 Foundation under the leadership of veteran polar explorer and British environmentalist Robert Swan, to study the impact of climate change due to global warming for promoting renewable energy sources, sustainability and preserve the earth’s fragile ecosystem.

      Swan, 60, the first person to set foot on North Pole and South Pole in 1989, set up the Foundation in 1991 to preserve Antarctica by promoting recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat affects of climate change.

      • March 29, 2016 11:52 am

        “to study the impact of climate change due to global warming for promoting renewable energy sources, sustainability and preserve the earth’s fragile ecosystem.”

        No, seems it was a glorified School Trip mate ..see Their Blog

      • March 29, 2016 12:12 pm

        From the blog:

        Today, after so much waiting; multiple years of it for some, we finally boarded the Ocean Endeavour, our new home for this incredible adventure. Before then we had the first series of lectures in Robert Swan’s “Leadership on the Edge” program, delivering a fantastic mixture of inspiration, environmental knowledge and Antarctic history.

        Each speaker has a vastly different background and will continue to deliver their talks throughout the program as the expedition continues. We are very excited to have all of these highly accomplished individuals with us to help our team members develop in many areas.

        Matthias Malessa, founder of MMalessa Consulting and previously the chief human resources officer of the Adidas group. He will be focussing on Leadership and Inspiration

        Nigel Paine, with his many years of experience in learning and development, promoting creativity and innovation will also be working with Team members on Leadership

        Chris Lambert, a keen adventurist in Polar Regions, he is the current director of Westminster Energy. With his vast knowledge of climate policy and the Antarctic treaty, he will be helping everyone develop their strategies for when they return home.

        Xavier Riera-Palou is our Climate Change specialist, working at Royal Dutch Shell as their CO2 Strategy manager, he can provide great insight into the corporate perspective on climate change, and the very relevant business decisions and how they’re made.

        Don Kent, an experienced grass-roots activist will focus on action, how to act on promises and commitments made during the expedition, difficulties that will arise, and methods to overcome them.

        And of course Robert Swan, through his renowned stories from his adventures across the globe he will share the lessons he learnt on leadership and action, often the hard way.

        Between these 6 speakers, we hope to end the expedition with our team members being fully inspired to lead, have a working knowledge of policy, government and business and be ready to take action towards creating measurable change. Inspiring others along the way.

        I have absolutely no doubt it was just a jolly for the kids. And for Mr Swan and co a good opportunity to make plenty of bucks!

  6. Richard111 permalink
    March 29, 2016 6:35 am

    Imagine the excitement if that ship gets stuck in the ice.

    • Edmonotn Al permalink
      March 29, 2016 12:47 pm

      Yes, and 9 months later the population of India will increase some more….. ;^D

  7. diogenese2 permalink
    March 29, 2016 8:58 am

    This summed it up beautifully –

    “It’s an out of the world experience. It’s like being to another planet,”

    For them, that is exactly what it is.

  8. March 29, 2016 11:01 am

    No problem- the ship is solar-powered. So it is carbon-neutral.

  9. tonyfromct permalink
    March 29, 2016 12:55 pm

    “Savior” work is very important these people. In fact it is a characteristic of the radical left in general. Whether it is saving the trees, the wildlife, the oceans, the Antarctic, the Arctic, the planet, us from ourselves, us from the evil CEOs, us from the evil corporations, us from the greed of Wall Street, us from McDonald’s, there is always a leftist group ready to march with banners raised and self righteousness spewing from their lips. And right behind are the politicians and the media lap dogs happy to give in to their every whim.

  10. March 29, 2016 1:14 pm

    Right – they should have taken mass transit to get there, so they would not be accused of hypocrisy, right? I’m sure you do all you can to minimize your carbon footprint, which gives you proper standing to criticize?

    • March 29, 2016 5:17 pm

      I don’t minimise my carbon footprint, because I believe there is no need.

      However, these greenies do believe there is, but are still happy going off on fossil fuelled jollies to a place where they did not even need to go.

  11. March 29, 2016 1:18 pm

    There is coal under the Antarctic ice. It is visible along the shoreline. Maybe they are there to explore mining opportunities for India since they like coal-fired power plants. But, seriously, shouldn’t they contemplate the past climate change which produced that coal–or where the continent was at the time?

  12. John F. Hultquist permalink
    March 29, 2016 2:50 pm

    Some of the comments above indicate this statement was missed:

    Chandrika cruised back to Ushuaia in Argentina on Friday from the 12-day adventurous trip, with 149 other members from 26 countries.

    Reading is hard.

  13. Oswald Thake permalink
    March 29, 2016 3:30 pm

    Oh, fer Chrissake! These people are a parody of themselves. Wonder if there’s a ‘Safe Place’ on board in case reality butts in?

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