My name is Oass Yaduvanshi, I am 21 years old and I need your help to go on a life-altering expedition to Antarctica in my fight against climate change!
I am one of only 100 individuals selected from around the world to journey to Antarctica for a Leadership-On-The-Edge program on the 2041 ClimateForce Antarctic Expedition in March 2022, led by the legendary Sir Robert Swan O.B.E.
What am I trying to do?
I want to be on board this ship, the Ocean Atlantic and learn how to tackle the Climate Crisis, directly from renowned experts.
From 24th March to 4th April 2022, Sir Robert Swan O.B.E. will lead an expedition to the last Great Wilderness on Earth- Antarctica. He is the first man in history to trek across the North & the South Poles and has dedicated himself to protecting Antarctica by educating the world’s emerging leaders about climate change and renewable energy. This expedition features workshops and lectures conducted by global experts in climate science, renewable energy, and sustainability and equips participants with the tools to create meaningful change and seek out pragmatic solutions in their communities, institutions, companies, and governments in order to benefit Antarctica and the planet. This unique Leadership-On-The-Edge program includes shore landings at key sites along the Antarctic peninsula, studying and observing massive glaciers and wildlife, group discussions and team-building activities. Participants graduate from the program as 'Ambassadors for Antarctica and Climate Protection'.
Who am I?
When I was 5 years old, I told my parents I wanted to be a “conservationist like Steve Irwin”. I knew I wanted to spend my life studying and protecting wildlife even before I could properly pronounce the word ‘conservationist’. Since I grew up watching National Geographic, Animal Planet and Discovery in a military family of adventure-seeking nature lovers, I have always been deeply connected to the natural world. I hold a Bachelor’s degree (with honours) in Biological Sciences from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University, where I studied wildlife conservation, climate change and biodiversity amongst other related courses.
Currently, I am a student at the Australian National University, Canberra, pursuing my Masters’ Degree in Environmental Sciences (Advanced) with a focus on Ecology, Environmental Sciences and Climate Change. In February next year, I will begin my Masters’ Thesis wherein I intend to study climate change, renewable energy and its impact on biodiversity & marine conservation. Perfectly timed, the Antarctic expedition is scheduled in March, 2022. The opportunity to conduct research on Antarctica is every environmental scientists' ultimate dream & this expedition feels tailor-made for my career trajectory and goals. It will give me both the skills and the exposure to be able to make meaningful changes to the environment sooner rather than later.
I am actively involved with various youth-led environmental groups such as YOUNGO (the Youth Constituency of the UNFCC), ThereIsNoEarthB and YUP4NDCs (where I lead the India working group) to further advocate for responsible emissions targets and climate action. I encourage you to explore the work we are doing through the links above and invite you to join us, if it interests you.
Why is this cause important?
The past two years have been shocking, record-breaking and frankly, scary. Starting with the wildfires in early 2020, our planet has seen hurricanes, earthquakes, flash floods, cyclones and most recently, historic heatwaves ripping through the stability of every ecosystem on Earth. From India to the United States to even Antarctica, global temperatures are reaching new heights and the people around the world are starting to realise the gravity of our climate predicament. By now we know we need to heal our climate, but most of us don't know how to.
Ours is a temperamental planet, and it demands to be treated better. It will take a poet to convey the magnitude of harm we humans have done to the natural beauty of our planet, but I am no poet. I am a scientist, and it is in my nature to find solutions to problems, no matter how apocalyptic. You and I come from an unbroken line of problem solvers millions of years in the making; in fact it is how we became the species we are today. I truly believe that we can innovate our way through this climate problem too, but it will take the combined efforts of us all.
Why do I need YOUR help?
If you are reading this, it means you believe in Climate Action and want to help make an impact on our planet's warming climate. The science is clear- my generation is amongst the last that can solve the climate crisis before it destroys life as we know it. I dream of a world where someday my grandkids play with snow, see live rhinos and giraffes, and where the only thing they need to worry about not melting is their ice cream. Please help me reach that goal.
The total cost of the expedition is approximately $20,000 USD or INR 15,00,000 ,including a $16,250 USD Expedition fee, $4,000 USD airfare, plus clothing and equipment, etc. Since I am a student and just starting my career, this is not an expense I can bear on my own. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated as I prepare to embark on this life-altering journey. Included below are links to my social media so that you can follow me on this remarkable expedition.
Kindly share this with all those who you feel would share my passion for Environmental Conservation & my fight for halting Climate Change.
P.S. The planet thanks you too. :)
Trailer for 2041 ClimateForce Antarctica Expedition can be found here
2041 ClimateForce Antarctica Expedition webpage can be found here
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