Jim McNeill has inspired me to become a young explorer. Never has there been a more crucial time for young explorers to partake in scientific research. Going to the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility is a considerable undertaking.
I am to take part in one of the most ambitious polar expeditions of our time, the first expedition in history to reach the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility in 2023.
Defined as the furthest point from land on the Arctic Ocean and therefore its centre, the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility remains the last truly significant place in the Polar Regions, yet to be reached by humankind and is over 270 miles further than the Geographic North Pole. The whole journey will be near to 800 miles from the northern shores of Canada and will take-in the North Magnetic Pole on route.
The expedition is not only a record-setting adventure but will be gathering "crucial datasets" to benchmark the condition of the ocean for the NASA funded National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) scientists, led by Nobel Prize winning scientist, Walt Meier. These, along with weather data, measurements of pollution and counting polar bears that may be encountered, deliver the reality of climate change and make the whole endeavour worthwhile and purposeful.
Never has there been a more crucial time to act, as we face the inevitable damage caused by humankind. The golden age of exploration has not ended, but the purpose has changed. Why go to the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility? Why risk limb and life? Easy! The job of an explorer has never been more crucial. The task far more urgent. Expeditions show how climate change has affected all four corners of our world and is a key contributor to global change science. Climate change affects everyone.
What makes this expedition particularly unique? The team is made up of ordinary people from all walks of life doing extraordinary things. COP26 has just been held in Glasgow, Scotland – the Arctic's closest neighbour. Some of my lectures speaking at COP26 were trying to convince the big corporations and politicians that it is time to act now. Whether we dream of being in space or having our feet firmly on the ground, we are all in this together and only together can we turn the carbon clock back.
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Thank you for your donations. They are much appreciated.
Companies/charities already sponsoring me:
The Marine Biological Association
Alex Bell Immigration Law
Newcastle Preparatory School
Cambridge Audio / Audio Partnership
Geographical Association Tyne and Wear Branch
Confediration of Scandinavian Societies