Rituraj Phukan

Nagaon, Assam, India
IAE 2013

How IAE Inspired Me:

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.

The visit to the 2041 run ‘E-Base,’ was empowering and I have made it a point to deliver the powerful message of viability from the only renewable energy powered station at Antarctica.

I will never forget the moments from the 9th of March, when we were summoned to the top deck at 7 AM for the Iceberg Ceremony at Antarctic Sound. We saw us the large tabular icebergs that had floated north from the collapsed Larsen B ice shelf 11 years earlier. I felt a strong connection between climate change, sea level rise, displaced people and the civil unrest of my childhood in Assam.

This is the moment that inspired me to be a climate activist and I was determined to do all I can for awareness and action on the greatest threat to human civilization. Within 3 months, I got trained as a Climate Reality Leader and was equipped with the resources for delivering presentations on the climate crisis and its solutions.

What I am doing now:

The expedition inspired me to be a climate activist. Within 3 months, I became a Climate Reality Leader and gained the resources for delivering presentations on the climate crisis and it's solutions.

Shaivya Singh Rathore

Shaivya Singh Rathore

Chennai, India
IAE 2016

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.

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Heather De Cruz-Cornaire

Heather De Cruz-Cornaire

London-Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
IAE 2017

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.

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Todd Latham

Todd Latham

Toronto, Canada
IAE 2011

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.

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Mallika Arya

Mallika Arya

Delhi, India
IAE 2017

The highlight of the expedition for me was definitely meeting people from around the world who are working on a wide range of solutions.

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Ny-Ann Nolasco

Ny-Ann Nolasco

San Francisco, CA, USA
IAE 2015

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.

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