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The expedition team of Antarctic Quest 21 are preparing for their departure: a final training in the Alps in a week’s time and then they’ll be off to Ushuaia, Argentina, where they will meet the ship SeaVenture of Polar Latitudes, which has carried the equipment South and will drop the team on the ice at Portal Point mid-December.

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Today LikeToBe launched the Antartic Quest 21 School Outreach Programme. Members of the expedition team introduced the expedition and answered questions of school kids from as far away as South Africa. We covered everything from expedition food rations and equipment to how the team’s training ahead of and the scientific projects carried out during the expedition.

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The tall ship Pelican of London is off the African coast and on its way across the Atlantic with a bunch of kids from Germany on their big Ocean College adventure.

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Introduction

Everything we do has a footprint and it is appropriate we, the Antarctic Quest 21 Team, consider the sustainability and carbon footprint of all elements of the expedition, from communication and equipment to transport and diet. I will report on our efforts to minimise and mitigate our impact on the planet with a series of blogs, which serves to share our experience with this process and be transparent about our commitment to sustainability.

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As the tall ship Pelican of London makes her way down the English Channel to the edge of the continent and across the Atlantic, the young Ocean College students are introduced to a game that involves transferring a cupful of water from plate to plate balanced on the heads of a line of participants.

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Challenging Habitat has committed to 1% For The Planet.

1% For The Planet is a community advocating action for a better, sustainable future.

Naturally, that includes resources related to COP26, that all-important climate event coming up in November. Let’s work together to effect real change through action, not just words…

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…Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail from Plymouth aboard Quest for the Shackleton-Rowett  Antarctic expedition with a strong scientific mission.

The event is marked today by the Devon-Cornwall Polar Society with an all-day event in Plymouth, which is covered by ITV Westcountry News and the BBC.

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My article in ECO Magazine, featured in the special series on the UN Ocean Decade, tells the story how ocean and citizen science was introduced into sail training on the tall ship Pelican of London.

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Introducing resilience education into the curriculum of an undergraduate degree course at a higher education institution in the UK is a challenge for a scientist with expertise in geochemistry, and it can be a lonely obstacle course.

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AQ21 Scientists – Andrew Smedley

The work of the scientists, who will benefit from the Antarctic Quest 21 expedition is intricate, complex, interdisciplinary and connected to many environmental issues that matter to all of us. Here I’ll try to bring closer to you the work of Andrew Smedley.

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We all know that life is full of uncertainty and most of the time, we don’t notice it too much, let alone worry about it. We’re used to it.

Yet for me, the covid pandemic has, once again, brought into sharp focus how stifling uncertainty is when it comes to planning and taking rational decisions.

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