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Research and education director of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) Christina Beckmann will join an international group of climate activists, clean energy entrepreneurs, documentary filmmakers, and corporate social responsibility executives selected to travel to Antarctica with The Explorer’s Passage 26 February-12 March 2018. The trip, known as ClimateForce: Antarctica 2018, is meant to increase climate change awareness and educate people committed to extending this message throughout their own spheres of influence.
ClimateForce: Antarctica 2018 will be led by seasoned polar explorer Rob Swan, who gave an impassioned keynote presentation during the 2017 Adventure Travel World Summit, and his son, Barney. Along with two other explorers, the duo recently completed a pioneering trek to the South Pole during which they tested and demonstrated the use of new renewable energy technologies robust enough to work in one of the harshest environments on earth.
Beckmann’s presence on ClimateForce: Antarctica 2018 marks a milestone in the ATTA’s deepening relationship with conservation-minded public and private organizations focused on conservation education. As part of this group, Beckmann—and, by extension, the ATTA team — will learn, network, and collaborate with a diverse set of global partners that share a common passion for conservation and developing new ideas and solutions for escalating sustainability education around the world.
“We know adventure travel trips inspire people around the world every day in a multitude of ways,” Beckmann said prior to her departure. “While we have been rightly focused on our own industry’s sustainability, now is the time to broaden our goals and consider ways we can work across industries to extend our reach, delivering conservation education and messaging more directly to travelers.”
Trip passengers are traveling with The Explorer’s Passage. They will leave Ushuia, Argentina, and cross the Drake Passage before making stops at Stonington Island, Lemaire Channel/Port Charcot, Niko Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay, and Deception Island.