The answer might be: One step at a time. Literally. That’s what 24 people between the ages of 18 to 28 will be doing when they embark on the first ever human powered expedition from the North Pole to the South Pole. The goal is to raise awareness of global warming and other environmental and social issues during the course of their journey. What’s particularly interesting about this adventure is that the team at Pole To Pole intend to use the power of social networks to teach millions of young people around the world what they can do to stop global warming and play a role in creating lasting, positive change.
The expedition will be split up into four interconnected teams. The Trek Team will make the actual physical journey from pole to pole. They’ll walk, ski, kayak and bike the entire way. The Advance Team will work on charitable projects in various parts of the world with the goal of improving the quality of life in the communities they’re working in. The Education Team will connect all of these efforts to schools in North America and Europe, enabling them to learn via a virtual association with the program and inspiring them to take action in their local community. The Virtual Team will follow the other three teams via the internet. They’ll receive online training in leadership and civic engagement and also set up service-oriented projects in their own communities.
Pole To Pole sounds as though it will be an epic journey. Perhaps I’m projecting based on my experience working with Outward Bound, but I suspect the participants will be strengthened by acts of consequential service to others and, in the process, become stewards of the earth for future generations.