The talk that Robert Swan gave to the attendees to the IABC World Conference in San Francisco was very inspiring. Robert Swan, OBE, as the IABC website descries him is a polar explorer, environmental leader and special envoy to the director of UNESCO. As the first man to walk across both the North and South Poles, Swan witnessed firsthand the damage to the polar regions. Over a five-year period, he removed and recycled more than 1,500 tons of waste from the Antarctic Peninsula. He is a noted speaker at global environmental summits, a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Youth and a visiting professor at the School of Environment at Leeds University. In 1995, Swan was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
2041 will be the year that the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty comes up for review. Robert Swan is very passionate about involving todays' youth since it is their inheritance as by 2041 many of us will be ready to fade into the sunset. What can you do to help?