Antarctica is the last great wilderness on earth, a place where no wars have been fought, where the environment should be fully protected, and where scientific research has priority.
2041 is a critical year for Antarctica. Forty seven countries around the world have agreed to preserve Antarctica in its natural state, but that agreement, the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, could be modified or amended after 2041 and human activities could ruin the continent forever. On May 20, 2009 in Seattle, Washington I had the great fortune to meet an incredibly inspiring person who has dedicated his life to stop this from happening. His name is Robert Swan and he is the first person in history to have walked to both the north pole and the south poles.
If we can develop a sustainable way of living along with renewable sources of energy, we won’t need to destroy Antarctica. For this reason, I am committed to supporting Robert and his organization, 2041, to the best of my abilities. On this website, you can learn about what I intend to do, how you can help, and what I will do for you in return.
In November 2009 I will travel to Antarctica with Robert Swan and an international team of corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, and young people on the 2041 International Antarctic Treaty Expedition. The purpose of the expedition is to significantly enhance my skills in leadership, teamwork, and personal development and to acquire a strong knowledge of Antarctica. This expedition provides a cost-effective way for me to gain the experience and capabilities I need to be highly effective in supporting the preservation of the continent. I am asking you to help me raise the $26,500 I need to participate in the expedition by investing in my mission. Once I reach this total I will then continue to raise funds so that other people can also be involved in this expedition or a future one.
If Robert Swan could raise over $45 million in the past 20 years to do great things for the world, there's absolutely no reason why we too can't raise as much as possible to help save our planet and preserve Antarctica.
Please take a look at the How to help page to see how you can support my mission.
Thanks for your consideration.
David A. Howes