How IAE Inspired Me:
The highlight of the expedition for me was definitely meeting people from around the world who are working on a wide range of solutions. Keeping in touch with most of them and seeing what they are continuing to do always provides hope!
What I am doing now:
I recently completely my Masters in Sustainability and am currently working with Renew Oceans. The first project "Renew Ganga" aims to divert ocean bound plastic that flows through the Ganga. As the Outreach Manager, my role involves a lot of ground work with local communities. My work also has a strong educational component to it - I have planned and designed the school workshop content and we aim to engage 5000+ students in the coming months on impacts, causes and solutions of plastic pollution! Over the last 3 months we have planned and implemented 18 events for locals and tourists in the city of Varanasi and have had a great response!
Apart from my full time job, I work on a campaign that I started back in 2017 called "No Straws Attached". The campaign has now spread to 20 countries and we have 50+ businesses on board! The campaign has two main goals: getting customers aware of the fact that they have the choice to say no to single use plastics (when it doesn't depend on their health and safety of course) and getting businesses to step up and taking responsible action!
Shaivya Singh Rathore
I am a student and a part time public speaker. I spread the IAE mission and climate solutions through talks and workshops. I have delivered talks at 10 schools across 10 cities including a TEDx.Learn more
Heather De Cruz-Cornaire
London-Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Being able to access some landing bays on the Antarctic peninsula and to experience this pristine wilderness was such a visceral experience, I can still 'feel' it. I don't even need to close my eyes.Learn more
IAE 2011 was a transformative, life-changing event for me. While I was already in the environmental industry and have been communicating on the protection of our environment since 1989, the journey with Robert and my cohort was affirmational and intensely rewarding.Learn more
San Francisco, CA, USA
The expedition gave me the ability to bridge conversations about climate change and other environmental issues with community members, private and public sector representatives. My work today requires the same set of skills -- translating various requirements, policy impacts, and bridging competing priorities.Learn more
Nagaon, Assam, India
I am often asked about my first impression of Antarctica and my answer is that even the remotest place on earth is not free from human influence; it comes from the sight of whale bones and parts of a whaling boat during our first landing at Trinity island. I learned that although Antarctica didn’t have any permanent or native human population, there were vestiges of human influence everywhere.Learn more