Hi, I am Aanya a 13 year old girl studying at the residential Sahyadri School, Pune. I am passionate about the environment and want to make the world a better place to live in. I am the Youngest Indian to be selected for the IAE/CLIMATE FORCE: ANTARCTICA 2018 EXPEDITION by the 2041 FOUNDATION.
Last month in school, we watched Al Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient truth”. I was totally moved by it and immediately thought of Robert Swan. I had seen Robert's Ted Talk earlier this year and was totally mesmerised by him. It was then that I felt the need to get on board this expedition and start work as soon as possible.
THIS CAMPAIGN IS TO SEEK YOUR SUPPORT TO RAISE INR 10,00,000/- SO THAT I GET TO REPRESENT MY COUNTRY AS THE YOUNGEST MEMBER IN ANTARCTICA EXPEDITION.
HOPEFULLY MAKING ALL OF YOU PROUD!!
What is the Antarctica 2018 Expedition and when is it?
The mission of the IAE/Climate Force: Antarctica 2018 Expedition is to build personal leadership skills among people who choose to embrace the challenge of sustaining all forms of life – in their families, communities, organizations and the planet. 80 people are chosen for this expedition every year with a hope that they make a change at a community & corporate level and spread awareness about the effects of Climate Change. The expedition is from 27th Feb to 12th March 2018
I plan to bring back learning, a strong narrative, knowledge and real-time observations of Climate Change to build effective solutions to combat the effects in our communities in India. I will come back being a mascot of 2041 Foundation and create awareness to build a better world. I want to promote sustainability as part of our lives.
Pic : A image of a group heading on a similar trip
ABOUT MY FAMILY AND SCHOOL
I am excited about this expedition and can't wait to get on the ship and start working towards helping build a better world. I am raising funds for this expedition. Since I am a minor, I need to travel with a guardian so my amazingly talented mom “Pratibha Soni” is going to join me on this amazing expedition to the last wilderness left on earth!
PIC: My family
My father works at Ecolibrium Energy. They help big and medium size industries optimize their energy in a sustainable and an ecologically balanced manner. I am very fascinated with their work and super proud of him. My mother is a home-maker and is constantly keeping herself busy and learning new things. My little sister Amyra is in Grade 2 and is super excited about this expedition. We have a golden retriever, Zoe and I honestly wish, I could take her with us to Antarctica. :) I enjoy studying Math and Biology. Football and cycling are my favourite sports. I am a dog-lover too.
I am part of the “Kids4aCause” Core team, founded in 2015. We recycle materials and create functional and useful products. Every year we send the money raised by selling these products towards a social cause like "IMDAD", an organization who bought blankets and medicines for the victims of the Kashmir floods, or to "HUG" during the Chennai floods disaster relief initiative. Last year we sent the money to "The National Indian Association" who utilised the money towards free distribution of supplementary educational books for class 12 girls.
PIC: I am the tiniest one in blue T-Shirt on the extreme left
At Sahyadri School Pune, we take care of our environment. In small but simple ways, we save paper, grow vegetables, reuse our textbooks, save electricity and also use solar geysers. We are conscious about our ecosystem and make every effort to keep our campus and surroundings pollution free.
What is 2041?
Antarctica is a protected Pole, pristine and untouched by any kind of exploration. A 50 year treaty prohibiting any kind of exploration in Antarctica ends in 2041. Sir Robert Swan started the ”2041” Foundation to spread awareness about climate change, Antarctica’s present condition and create leaders by 2041 to protect this treaty. 2041 is working to protect Antarctica and unite those who seek to protect our world and create a more sustainable, clean energy future.
Who is Sir Robert Swan?
Sir Robert Swan is the first person to have walked to both the North and South Poles. He is a polar explorer, a leader in energy innovation and founder of the 2041 Foundation. Robert committed to his dream at the age of 11, achieved it with a team after 22 years and is now, on a 50 year mission to help preserve Antarctica.
In November 2017, Robert Swan, one of history’s greatest explorers will make one last expedition to the South Pole with his son Barney, on a mission known as the South Pole Energy Challenge (SPEC). This father and son team will ski on a 600-mile journey surviving solely on renewable energy, a first in polar-exploration. Their hope is to show the world that if we can survive on renewable energy in the most inhospitable place on earth then we can do so anywhere on the planet.
How much do I need to get on that ship?
This covers all the cost for me and my mother as a guardian. I am also getting sponsorship money but yet will be short by INR 10,00000/-
Why fund me?
By joining the ClimateForce: Antarctica 2018 expedition I will become part of a vast global movement of change leaders from across the planet. With thousands of Climate Force/IAE alumni in over 100 countries, I will have access to a diverse set of ideas, resources, and connections. i will begin my life long Climate Force journey on this special expedition.
Children are the future of this world and as a 13 year old I want to be a part of the leadership to create awareness about this treaty as well as lead a campaign to make small changes in our daily lives to live in a sustainable environment.
Risks and challenges
It is an "All or Nothing Campaign"
If I raise the entire fund, we go on the expedition and you get your money’s worth.
We will not be able to go on the Expedition ☹ and you get your money back.
What are your immediate goals once you come back from the Expedition?
I would like to inspire other students from my school by creating awareness about climate change and it's effects. I plan to use the knowledge I gain on the expedition to add value to the already environment-conscious activities in school.
If given an opportunity I would like to visit other schools and conduct workshops/seminars on Leadership and other skills i have acquired on this expedition as well as create awareness about climate change.