EBase - Antarctica
After successfully removing 1,500 tons of waste from the shores of Antarctica, Sir Robert Swan stood at the Bellingshausen Russian Base and envisioned an education base that would allow him to share the beauty of this continent with students and leaders around the world.
The world’s first educational base in Antarctica – The EBase
From 2002 to 2007, Robert’s dream of building the world’s first educational base (EBase) in Antarctica became a reality. Each year the visiting teams contributed to the design and construction of what would become the EBase, which overlooks the cleared beach on King George Island, Antarctica. EBase serves as a resource for teachers and an inspiration to young people around the world. In 2008, we saw ‘The E-Base Goes Live’. Powered entirely off renewable energy, Robert and a small team lived in the EBase and broadcasted to schools and universities around the world demonstrating clean technology and energy saving techniques.
The EBase serves as a symbolic model for educational, environmental and energy issues throughout the world. Its purpose is to inspire a global audience to tackle the issue of climate change, by showing that when we achieve the seemingly impossible in Antarctica, we can all take small, achievable steps in our own backyards.
In the year 2041, the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty could potentially be modified or amended. Robert states, "Our aim is to work towards the continuing protection of the Antarctic Treaty. With the time of less than 30 years upon us, the children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow. Through education today it will be their support of tomorrow that will help us see that the last great wilderness on earth is never exploited."