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Global Impact Portfolio

We are well over halfway into our 50-year mission to preserve Antarctica as a natural reserve land for science and peace. In the year 2041, the fate of Antarctica will be decided. Join us for the remaining 20 years to ensure we have the sense to leave one place on Earth, untouched.

Our Work

The 2041 Foundation works within the following three key impact categories:

Youth Development

School Engagement

The 2041 team has engaged with hundreds of schools around the world, empowering millions of young people from countries such as the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, United States, Argentina, India, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Sweden, Norway, France, China, and New Zealand. Through ongoing educational outreach, our team has made the story of sustainability and the preservation of our planet relevant and engaging for younger minds.

Financial Aid

Over the years the foundation had provided the support needed for hundreds of young, aspiring environmentalists to experience climate hot spots across the globe including Antarctica & Mount Kilimanjaro. Learn more below under “Expeditions”.

Community Outreach

Lectures & Talks

Over the last 40 years, Robert Swan has traveled to over 160 countries, visiting businesses, governments, and communities to teach them about the impacts of climate change. Swan has spoken in front of a wide range of audiences including leading organizations such as the World Economic Forum, United Nations, BNP Paribas, Unit 4, Corporate Eco Forum, and many more. In addition to educating on sustainability and inspiring audiences about the future of our planet, Swan provides insight on leadership, innovation, overcoming challenges, team building, and corporate social responsibility. Robert has continued to engage with audiences across the globe via digital platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education Bases

The 2041 Foundation has established E-Bases (Education Bases) in Antarctica, India, the United States, and other regions around the world. The 2041 E-Bases are multi-purpose facilities supporting both education and local citizens. Each base aims to spread awareness on conservation and sustainability practices and educate on the issue of climate change. The E-Bases are self-sustaining accommodations and are run solely on renewable energy.

 

In March 2008, powered entirely on renewable energy, Robert Swan and a small team lived and sent broadcasts from the Antarctic E-Base via the internet for two weeks. Sharing the story with students and teachers globally, it was the first time in history that a team had attempted to survive in Antarctica relying solely on renewable energy. Their mission was successful, and the team departed the continent after the allotted two weeks in good health. Existing bases continue to operate, supporting teachers to educate future generations on sustainability and environmental protection.

Expeditions

Inspire Antarctic Expeditions

From 1997, we have conducted over 30 expeditions to both Antarctica and the Arctic region with the aim to train the next generation of environmental leaders on climate change and sustainability. With over 4,000 participants from 90 countries, our Climate Champions have become heads of businesses, government, and communities as environmental leaders to protect our planet.

The South Pole Energy Challenge

In November 2017, Robert Swan and his son Barney Swan undertook an expedition to the South Pole called the South Pole Energy Challenge (SPEC). They set out to ski a 600-mile journey surviving solely on renewable energy, a first in polar exploration. Carrying everything on their sledges, they used NASA-designed solar ice melters, biofuels made from waste, lithium batteries, and passive solar flasks for survival. Additionally, they arranged the planting of tens of thousands of trees across the planet to make the logistics and operations of the expedition carbon negative.

The Last 300

Robert returned in 2019 for an expedition titled ‘The Last 300’. Utilizing a mix of advanced biofuels as their energy source and gear made from recycled materials, Robert and his team put these innovative technologies and ground-breaking sustainable methods to the ultimate test whilst raising awareness of the importance of preserving this pristine landscape.

 

In January 2022, Robert will return to Antarctica to complete the last 40 miles– accomplishing his 34 year long goal of crossing the entire Antarctic continent on foot.

Where You Can Help

Get involved with our mission by reading about the initiatives below.

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Your Support Makes all the Difference

With your help, we can continue our efforts to foster the climate leaders of the future, spread education on sustainability, and maintain the Earth’s most important natural environments for generations to come. Every donation takes us one step closer to preserving the pristine Antarctic continent, securing it for the future, beyond the year 2041. 

Previous Supporters

We are proud to receive financial support from individual donors as well as companies from across the globe.

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