Paris, France – June 4th 2008, the Pax Arctica Initiative was launched during a kick off press conference. Among the participants of the event were Former Prime Minister of France Michel Rocard, expedition leaders Luc Hardy, Bertrand Charrier, and President of GC France Yves Paccalet. Prime Minister Michel Rocard related the diplomatic mobilization that resulted in the adoption of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty in the early 1990s.
Expedition leaders Luc Hardy, Sebastian Copeland and Bertrand Charrier officially launch the Pax Arctica Initiative and announce the northern tip of the Arctic Archipelago as the first destination in the series of Arctic missions. The Pax Arctica Initiative is a series of expeditions undertaken by environmental advocates in collaboration with Green Cross France and Global Green USA, designed to alert public opinion of critical environmental issues that endanger the Arctic region. Spanning a period of three years from July 2008 to 2010, Pax Arctica will emphasize focused research by ecological scientists and environmental advocates to explore and assess the ecological conditions and the geopolitical climate of the Arctic. The ultimate goal is to determine the steps needed to preserve the Arctic ecosystem for generations to come and to encourage the ratification of international policies to ensure the preservation of the Arctic habitat.
The expedition is made up of environmental advocates, a team of children between ages 10 and 17 years old, along with the support of Green Cross, corporate sponsors and individuals. As was done with previously in Green Cross expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, showing the human impact on the Arctic carries a political, philosophical and ethical message for the strict regulation of natural resources exploitation in the Arctic to protect this fragile environment and its indigenous populations. The expedition will team up with various experts to document the impact of natural resources exploitation and global warming on the Arctic ecosystem. The geopolitical situation of the Arctic region will also be analyzed with strong emphasis on the preservation of indigenous cultures. The journey will include traveling to key points in the Arctic such as the highest peak of Nunavut State known as Mont Barbeau and the northernmost point of the Arctic Archipelago known as the Island of Ward Hunt. The Pax Arctica Initiative will also include several days at Resolute Bay to document one of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world.
For more information about the launch conference, please contact Marie-Laure Vercambre, GC France Director of Communications: