Arctic Boreal Expedition
In my research for my 2016 Arctic Residency I’ve come across another expedition to Svalbard; The Arctic Boreal Expedition.
The Arctic Boreal Expedition has been inspired by the endurance expedition of 1915:
2015 is the centenary of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17) led by Sir Ernest Shackleton – better known today as the Endurance expedition, when Shackleton’s
ship the Endurance, trapped in sea ice for 9 months, was finally crushed and abandoned, on 21st November 1915, sparking the greatest survival story of all time. The intention was to cross the Antarctic continent from one coast to the other via the South Pole. In the event, the expedition never set foot on continental Antarctica. The expedition managed to survive the loss of their ship in the middle of the Antarctic pack ice at a time when there was no chance of contacting the outside world, let lone of being rescued.The Endurance expedition is an inspiring example of fortitude and leadership.
The team behind the Arctic Boreal Expedition have set out on their expedition to raise awareness of issues relating to global warming and sustainable development and also to raise funds for the RNLI and FareShare. As a part of the Global Food Banking Network FareShare saves surplus in-date food that would otherwise be wasted and redistributes it to charities who can make good use of it. It’s the aim of the Arctic Boreal adventurers to raise £20,000 for FareShare through this expedition.
You can find out more about the project at www.arcticborealexpedition.com. There are some fantatsic photos on their blog, and don’t forget to make a donation whilst you’re there!