David de Rothschild:

On Sweating through my Long Johns at The North Pole

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www.iamecowarrior.com in partnership with youtube.com/user/ThePlastiki IAMECO Warrior David de Rothschild is an ecologist by trade and environmentalist at heart whose mission is to give nature a voice through storytelling. Following a 2004 expedition across Antarctica he founded Adventure Ecology, an organization that creates real-life adventure narratives by taking travelers on thrilling, often times dangerous trips that are ecologically slanted from the outset, thereby creating "buy-in" aro...

www.iamecowarrior.com in partnership with youtube.com/user/ThePlastiki IAMECO Warrior David de Rothschild is an ecologist by trade and environmentalist at heart whose mission is to give nature a voice through storytelling. Following a 2004 expedition across Antarctica he founded Adventure Ecology, an organization that creates real-life adventure narratives by taking travelers on thrilling, often times dangerous trips that are ecologically slanted from the outset, thereby creating "buy-in" around environmental causes. The expeditions are designed to do nothing less than transform the hearts and minds of new adventurers -- and by extension, their communities at home. In this clip, de Rothschild describes how during a 2006 expedition to the North Pole he and his fellow adventurers experienced the impacts of climate change firsthand. Transcript -- Adventure ecology was really spawned halfway across Antarctica. I was involved in an expedition in 2004, and I was skiing across Antarctica. And I think that was a bit of a defining moment during that experience in that expedition that really sort of confounded my belief in the fact that we needed to create a narrative that was going to be exciting and compelling and was going to be something that people could buy into. And so I think adventure ecology was really trying to do what it is called, which is take adventures and make them ecologically slanted from the outset and give them a real resonance around an environmental cause from the very beginning. Our first major adventure, called "geo-branded expedition," was back in 2006. And it was a North Pole expedition. And that, I think, threw up a lot of questions and a lot of answers, and allowed people to buy into these out-of-sight, out-of-mind environments, specifically, in this case, the North Pole and our melting ice caps and climate change. And I think there are still so many naysayers, sadly, who try and muddy the water with miscommunications in this field of environmental science, and within the field of climate change. For me it was incredibly powerful to share that experience with kids all over the world and to give them the opportunity to see it firsthand -- and they make their own choices. So it was very evident from the temperatures we were experiencing, the climate we were in, wasn't what we were expecting. We were expecting, obviously, a bitterly cold North Pole environment; and I'll never forget sitting up in the North Pole -- maybe two or three days away from the North Pole itself -- and sitting in the tent actually sweating away as I was cooking my food, sitting there in a pair of long johns, and thinking, 'It's insane that here I am at the North Pole, in an environment that is meant to be one of the harshest environments of all, and one of the coldest environments of all, and here I am sweating away.' The temperatures were barely below zero degrees Celsius. And so for me that was a very big part of the narrative, was to explain these massive issues through the lens of adventure in an environment where we were seeing the firsthand effects of our everyday actions. Share your eco Adventure www.iamecowarrior.com Directed by Roger Moenks

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