The world is changing… and it’s changing drastically. In spite of knowing what is at stake, we continue with our lives as if nothing ever happened but squirm in our seats when faced with the ‘The Inconvenient Truth’. Climate change is real and it’s happening right now as we speak.
The very existence of mankind is at stake and a handful of climate change warriors have taken it upon themselves to bring the situation under control. Robert Swan, the pioneer of the 2041 climate agreement, has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica by promoting recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change. He is a polar explorer and has walked both, the north and south pole – the first person in history to do so.
Every year, he takes with him a team of young change makers to the south pole to come up with ideas on how we can stop the deterioration of earth. Kunal Sanklecha, a 21 yr old change maker from Mumbai, was one of the members of the crew. But, selection to the team was the easiest part. The bigger challenge was to raise a 7-figure sum of money in a matter of few months.
Chasing his dream of going to Antarctica, Kunal defied all odds, raised funds within a short span of time (through crowdfunding), convinced his parents that he was indeed going to Antarctica and in the end, made it to his goal. His expedition of 10 days, in the company of Robert Swan, showed him the bitter truth of climate change.
In this chat, Kunal gets candid about his journey to Antarctica, climate change, his learnings and next steps in propagating this message.
Robert has been under the ozone zone and has seen the effects of climate change first hand
Climate change is seen in a negative perspective. Here we gather on a common platform and exchange ideas on how this problem can be solved
The Antarctic Treaty is a treaty signed by 53 nations which bans mining and drilling activities in Antarctica
2041 can be a game-changing year is terms of climate change due to mining and other activities
It was a journey of learning every day
We have been a consumerist society and we need to make conscious choices
The South Pole Energy Challenge
Robert Swan and his son Barney will embark on the first-ever expedition to the South Pole powered solely by clean energy technologies. On November 15, 2017, they will start a 600-mile, eight-week journey on foot to the South Pole. Over this expedition, they will demonstrate and showcase cutting edge technologies robust enough to work in one of the harshest environments on earth. Using the expedition as a platform for engagement, the father and son team will work with sponsors to broadcast outreach campaigns to help drive change in the way we use energy.
Measurable solutions include:
- Install solar, wind, and/or geothermal infrastructure in home or business
- Modify lifestyle/ diet to reduce waste
- Support alternative transport technologies: hydrogen, electric, or hybrid
- Demand green energy from utilities
- Invest in clean energy
- Engage in local and national energy policy
- Advance carbon offsetting, reduction, and cleanup technologies
Visit http://2041.com/spec for more information.
Images courtesy – Kunal Sanklecha