GCI and Pax Arctica launch the 2014 “On the Shoulders of Shackleton” Expedition to the Antarctic. The mission commemorates the centennial of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 epic expedition to Antarctica.
A six-week expedition by Pax Arctica, in collaboration with the National Centre for Scientific Research/Pierre and Marie Curie University (CNRS/UMPC), Laboratoire LOCEAN and Green Cross International (GCI), will be launched on 5 October 2014 to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on polar regions and to gather scientific data, pictures and films of this remote part of the world.
Luc Hardy will lead a Franco-British team of nine professional adventurers, polar guides, scientists and sportsmen/women on this expedition retracing the 800-mile journey of celebrated explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton between ice-covered Elephant Island and the island of South Georgia in the Antarctic region.
Luc Hardy founded the Pax Arctica expedition platform to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on polar regions. Luc is also the Vice-President of Green Cross France et Territoires, part of the GCI network, a non-governmental organization addressing the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation.
During this expedition organized in partnership with GCI, data will be collected for oceanographic research including measurements of salinity, atmospheric dust and CO2 concentrations in ocean waters and currents to gain a better understanding of changes occurring in the oceans due to climate change.
“Our team will attempt to retrace part of the route of Shackleton’s expedition and we will trek and climb glaciers and mountain peaks”, said Luc Hardy. “We will also collect fauna observations and discuss our findings with interested scientists”, he added.
“As climate change reshapes the poles, there is a growing interest by many countries in these strategically important regions. This raises major security and environmental challenges”, said Green Cross Chief Operating Officer, Adam Koniuszewski, welcoming the pledges made by governments and the private sector at the UN Climate Change Summit in New York. He concluded: “Much more is needed urgently if we are serious about averting a climate catastrophe. Business as usual is not an option.”
The corporate partners include SOPRA and La Française among others.
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