Hurtigruten Expeditions and the #WeTwo Foundation have revealed the 10 young people who will join a voyage to Antarctica this November.
Nominated by teachers, social workers, police officers, parents, guardians and friends, the group of 16-19 year olds have been chosen for their sustainability initiatives within their local communities.
The cruise, which will take place on the hybrid ship MS Fridtjof Nansen, will see the group join Hurtigruten’s expedition team in a series of citizen science projects.
This will include seabird distribution with the Antarctic Site Inventory, tracking individual whales and leopard seals and studying phytoplankton to understand better how they respond to water temperature changes.
Hurtigruten Expeditions UK & EMEA general manager Anthony Daniels said: “It’s incredible to see the dedication of every entrant towards sustainability.
“You can truly see their passion to positively impact their local environment. We can’t wait for all these young explorers to join us on board the MS Fridtjof Nansen, and with the help of our on-board scientists and expedition team, realise how the actions in their local community will help to protect the world for the next generation.”
#WeTwo Foundation co-founders Phoebe Smith and Dwayne Fields added: “From over 700 nominations, we had the unenviable task of whittling them down to the final 10.
“It was not easy, but we are confident that the young people we have chosen will help us plant the seeds of change in their communities – and beyond.
“The ideas that they have for improving their local communities in their ‘pay it forward’ pledges shows that this generation truly cares about making a positive change in their environment, and we can’t wait for them to see first-hand how important their work in their communities is for driving real change on the other side of the world.”
Those taking part are:
- Lola Bradshaw, North Devon
- Reo Christopher, Birmingham
- Aoibh Bradley, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Ellese Brooklyn Owen, Nottingham
- Allison Ciszynska, Llanelli, Wales
- Kaireen Edwards, Hertfordshire
- Owen Jones, Merseyside
- Melos Krasniqi, Ladbroke Grove, London
- Malaki Morgan-Richards, Wood Green London
- Daniel Ward, Carstairs, Scotland