Washington, DC, USA
How IAE Inspired Me:
Traveling to Antarctica with 2041 has completely shaped the last two years of my professional career. It opened doors to producing news articles, speaking to schools and nonprofits, and to creating a short film on climate change in the southern continent. My film, In Search of the Adelie Penguin, has been featured by the Washington, D.C. Environmental Film Festival and has been selected by the International Shorts Film Festival in Australia for its 2019 programming. When I reflect on the Expedition, what I remember most is the laughter. This shared experience with 70 new friends was filled with such joy and wonder. I made lifelong friends, allies, and mentors.
What I am doing now:
A member of the 2041 team encouraged me to create a blog upon returning from our trip. I now have my own website, www.maggiedewane.com, which I use to spread awareness to my networks on issues of climate change, conservation, and eco-friendly habits.
In March 2019, I attended Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Training, where I met a resident of Mississippi whose community is experiencing severe environmental injustice. In April, I met a news editor and pitched this story to her. We hope to release the full story as a proper news piece by mid-summer.
I am also applying for a writing/travel grant for a documentary (and possibly an anthology of essays) featuring 10 individuals from every continent, all from different backgrounds and professions. It will highlight the ways--big and small--that they are changing the world and leading environmentally-aware lives. The project is meant to inspire (Team Inspire!) viewers into action and show that we can all play a role in the healthy future of our planet. Six of the ten individuals are people I met through IAE 2017.
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
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
San Francisco, CA, USA
The Expedition was a confluence of emotions and thoughts for me. It inspired a sense of wonder and awe at the sheer force and will of nature.Learn more