San Francisco, CA, USA
How IAE Inspired Me:
The Expedition was a confluence of emotions and thoughts for me. It inspired a sense of wonder and awe at the sheer force and of nature -- whether trying to stay upright amidst gusts of gale-force winds on the bow of the ship, or hearing the roar as an ice shelf calved in front of our eyes. It also inspired a sense of smallness, as massive whales swam beneath my feet or as our zodiac floated in the majestic shadow of an iceberg. Despite all of the feelings of my physical insignificance, it inspired a sense of recognition of humankind's ability to impact our world.
What I am doing now:
My belief is that while capitalism has a lot to do with why global warming has progressed as far as it has, I believe capitalism will in fact also yield our best chance of combating it. Through my work in earthmoving automation at Built Robotics, we are developing new methods to build large infrastructure more efficiently, and one of the major markets we have tackled are wind and solar farms. We have deployed autonomous excavators to dig WTG foundations on projects across the United States, drastically reducing construction costs. If we can reduce the cost of developing a renewables-based infrastructure, climate-friendly energy sources will become more economically viable and we can change our energy mix in a major way.
Our greatest highlight was to experience the vast scale of remoteness of the Antarctic and its beauty. To see something as pure and seemingly untouchable being destroyed by our species is life-changing.Learn more
Washington, DC, USA
Traveling to Antarctica with 2041 has opened doors to producing news articles, speaking to schools and nonprofits, and to creating a short film on climate change in the southern continent.Learn more
I gained a better understanding of the global perspective on climate issues and how each individual on the expedition were solving problems in their countries and communities.Learn more
Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
The Expedition was life changing. The effect it had on me can be summarized as a deep and long lasting sense of responsibility and hope.Learn more