Walter Fernando

Chennai, India
IAE 2017

How IAE Inspired Me:

The Expedition was truly enriching in all aspects. My biggest take away would be the learning and knowledge gained from every person on the trip. 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.

What I am doing now:

I run an agribusiness company called Farmers Producers Company (FPO), in Southern India. We work with over 500 farmers. This is primarily work with banana cultivation. Apart from the core industry, which is farming, IAE has inspired our team to work on circular economy. This entails utilizing the fiber from banana barks, which otherwise go to waste. We have collaborated with NGOs for training women’s self-help groups (an on-going initiative) and have worked on using the fiber for making paper. We are working on this with global teams to create a large impact in the paper industry that traditionally uses wood as their primary resource.

I initiated OPENACT (with a team of four other people), which runs climate change and sustainability dialogues in Chennai. We ran a 7-series dialogue on climate businesses with domain experts and a wide range of audiences in 2018. This year we have been doing collaborative dialogues with various conservation and environmental groups on tackling local city-based environmental issues.

I have been active in multiple spaces that focus on sustainability and agriculture. Most recently I have been coaching start-ups from my state that are working on clean tech and are presenting their work at the Climate Launchpad, which is an EU clean-tech accelerator program.

Roderick Bunschoten

Roderick Bunschoten

Deventer, Netherlands
IAE 2014

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.

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Maggie Dewane

Maggie Dewane

Washington, DC, USA
IAE 2017

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.

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Aldo Gomez

Aldo Gomez

Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
IAE 2018

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.

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Guarav Kikani

Guarav Kikani

San Francisco, CA, USA
IAE 2017

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.

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