Indian youth embark on global expedition to Antarctica


Aiming to spread the message of saving the planet, a select few youth, among other Indians are embarking on a global expedition to "the last great wilderness on earth" led by noted polar explorer and environmentalist Robert Swan.

Drawn from diverse background ranging from a primary teacher in Pune to a technology analyst in Chandigarh, a team of about five Indians are set to join the main crew on February 28 in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, before heading to Antarctica on March 3.

The two-week long International Antarctic Expedition (IAE) 2013, under the leadership of British explorer Swan, will see over 30-40 participants from various parts of the world, who would join core '2041' main crew on board the 'Sea Spirit' on their landmark southern sojourn.

For 23-year-old Anurag Maloo who teaches grade three kids in Pune, going to Antarctica is nothing short of a dream.

"The whole journey of it, from applying for the expedition to raising funds to now anticipating the great white Antarctica, it has taught me a lot of self-belief and has reaffirmed my faith in my ideas about environmental sustenance which I teach in my classroom," says Maloo.

The "larger purpose" of the 'Antarctic-size exercise' drew him to this journey of a lifetime says Maloo who met Robert Swan at a motivational talk event a few years ago.

"It doesn't matter, from where we come from. What matters, we are human beings born on our planet mother Earth and giving back with a sense of responsibility is what we intend to do. We believe in solving and curbing problems in one life time, not to pass that problem to the next generation," he says.

Sonal Asgotraa, 26, a Chandigarh-based technology analyst at a private firm is overwhelmed at being chosen for the journey.

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