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Polar Carbon Negative Initiative (PCNI) to be Key to Upcoming 2041 ClimateForce Antarctica Expeditio


The November 2021 Expedition led by Father/Son Team of Robert Swan and Barney Swan Join Jeff Bonaldi and The Explorer’s Passage in Announcing New Environmental Standards for Polar Sea Expeditions

Los Angeles, CA (March 18, 2021) - PCNI, the Polar Carbon Negative Initiative developed by Robert Swan and Barney Swan in conjunction with their expedition partner, Jeff Bonaldi, CEO/Founder of The Explorer’s Passage, have established stringent environmental protocols for their upcoming 2041 ClimateForce Expedition to Antarctica that is setting sail on November 3, 2021. With their upcoming Antarctica journey, the Swan’s and Bonaldi have committed to not only adhering to their new PCNI protocols, but they are also promising that this expedition will be a Carbon Negative journey.

Key elements to PCNI include:

  • Offset the carbon footprint of entire expedition through their partner agency Neutral Together – a revolutionary tool that provides measurement of emissions using a specialised carbon calculator developed for the travel industry and a community-based C02 offsetting model.

  • Clean up an additional 25% of CO2 from the atmosphere so that the Expedition is taking more CO2 out of the atmosphere than it is putting in.

  • Offsetting will be accomplished by participation in five environmental projects across the globe that include wind, solar, and hydroelectric projects.

In addition to these CO2 commitments under PCNI, the Expedition will also be implementing environmental practices while not utilizing any single use plastic on the expedition. These include:

  • Water Bottles All passengers will be provided an eco-friendly water bottle at the beginning of the Expedition, with water filling stations positioned throughout the ship.

  • Cabins All single use and plastic items have been replaced by wall-mounted dispensers to eliminate waste. Only biodegradable products are used.

  • Biodegradable Cleaning Products All products will be Phosphate free, non or minimally toxic, biodegradable, not accumulative and eco-friendly cleaning products only.

  • Other Items All single use plastic items have been eliminated, such as disposable cups, stirrers and straws. Paper cups can be used when requested.

Robert Swan and Barney Swan, a father/son team that have made it their mission to preserve and protect the Antarctic region, realize that experiencing Antarctica is the best way to create a new and informed generation of global climate change leaders. Having created the 2041 Foundation, Robert Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica through the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change.

Set to launch on November 3, 2021, the adventure coincides with the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the human discovery of the Antarctic. The 12-day itinerary begins in Ushuaia, Argentina, the port city and Antarctica adventure hub, before setting sail through the Beagle Channel and the Drake Passage. The expected stops in Antarctica will be Crystal Sound, Fish Islands and Deception Island, the former center of the Antarctica whaling industry.

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with both Robert Swan and Barney Swan and 2041 ClimateForce,” explains Jeff Bonaldi, CEO/founder of The Explorer’s Passage. “We share the Swan’s passion to provide travel and adventure with a mission. With Climate change being our most daunting global issue, the 2041 ClimateForce Antarctica Expedition provides an opportunity to learn and grow and come back from the expedition with a new perspective that hopefully ignites a passion to help with the mission. I don’t know anyone that has come back from Antarctica without a renewed respect and awe for our planet and the urgent need to save it.”

Itinerary (subject to change): Bookings for ClimateForce 2041 Antarctica Expedition are limited.


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