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NativeEnergy’s 10th Anniversary Event: "Climate Change from Pole to Pole"

Posted by The NativeEnergy Team on Nov 04, 2010
Tags: events & sponsorships, climate change news

Robert Swan fell in love with Antarctica at age 11. And, unlike many who forget their early dreams, he grew up to become the first man to walk to both the North and South Poles. On Monday, October 25, NativeEnergy staff and friends listened to stories of Robert’s travels, travails, and the underlying motivation for it all: protecting the environment.

The event was hosted at Shelburne Farms, a 1400-acre working farm, historic landmark, and environmental education center on the shores of Lake Champlain. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, mingling, and discussion. But the highlight of the evening was Robert’s presentation, a combination of expedition stories and a call for action against climate change.

Robert has directly experienced the effects of climate change. During his expedition to the North Pole, he noted during the presentation, his team nearly drowned due to unpredicted ice melting. Thankfully, they were able to navigate across the rapidly disappearing ice sheet, but he never forgot the underlying message: climate change is having serious effects, now.

Motivated by his experiences, Robert founded 2041, an organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation of leaders to help mitigate climate change and protect the Antarctic Treaty. The name 2041 refers to the year that the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty can potentially be modified or amended. To learn more about 2041, visit

For 10 years, NativeEnergy has provided innovative climate solutions to businesses and individuals. Robert Swan’s presentation at the October 25 event was a strong reminder of the importance of this work.

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