Shaivya Singh Rathore
How IAE Inspired Me:
I joined IAE as a participant in 2016. I was a Teach For India Fellow then looking to teach my students sustainability and climate solutions lessons. Thanks to the expedition, I went back to not only impact my own students but started a foundation on the Himalayas to emulate the IAE experience to help teach women and children in a village.
What I am doing now:
After this experience, I was selected to join a climate solutions conference in Houston conducted by Al Gore's foundation. At this conference, I reunited with Robert Swan and he asked me to help conduct two successive expeditions- 2017 and 2018. I curated the program on both the expeditions and inducted 200 new climate champions into the 2041 community. Right now I am in Business School learning how to further my social impact through business.
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
The highlight of the expedition for me was definitely meeting people from around the world who are working on a wide range of solutions.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