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‘We are Antarctica’

Campaign to explore our relationship with Antarctica and give wilderness a voice to launch this September
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
We are Antarctica

This article first appeared in our Organic September issue of My Green Pod Magazine, published on 14 September 2022. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox

Reboot the Future is a small foundation with a global ambition: to foster a new world in which we treat others, and the planet, as we would wish to be treated.

Co-founded by Kim Polman and Stephen Vasconelles Sharpe, Reboot’s programmes extend across education, culture and values-driven leadership.

Its latest project, in partnership with EarthRise and ADot Foundation, has been created to shift our relationship from passive observer to active stakeholder in our planet’s future.

Speaking up for Antarctica

Antarctica is a key player in regulating the Earth’s climate and ocean systems – meaning her health and wellbeing is interconnected with our own.

She is threatened by climate change and the many nations that stake claim to her resources, but with no resident human population, who will speak up for her protection?

‘We Are Antarctica’, launching on 18 September 2022, will use a combination of film, conversation and education to help people to explore their connection with Antarctica and the wider natural world.

A journey for the future

For the campaign, Jack Harris of EarthRise studios travelled to Antactica with UN Climate Champion Shivi Dwivedi, recording the journey.

It’s hoped the resulting film will provoke audiences to explore their past and present relationship with the continent of Antarctica, and consider their role in her future.

The goal is for the film to function as a trigger to help create conversation spaces and resources; participants will be invited to consider our relationship with the remotest parts of the natural world and share roadmaps to a better future.

Antarctica in the classroom

At the heart of Reboot’s purpose is work with schools and students; its community of 17,000 teachers shares the foundation’s resources on sustainable teaching.

We Are Antarctica will be supported by a range of classroom resources that will help learners explore their relationship with Antarctica and the wider natural world.

The teaching aids will bring the importance of the polar caps – and by extension the entirety of the biosphere – into the learning environment.

Using striking visuals, carefully selected archive footage, soaring music and voice-overs, the film will take its audience on a journey through the history of this wild continent and to the heart of Antarctica’s past, present and future, covering topics such as whaling, shipping and human colonisation.

The film will premiere in London and New York on 18 September 2022, and will be available for download through the autumn term.

A special event will take place on 01 December, World Antarctica Day, so watch out for updates.

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