The POLE OF POSSIBILITY aims to inspire thousands of young people around the world to believe in themselves and their dreams, and to champion the possibility that being BOLD and BRAVE, with PURPOSE and PRINCIPLES, that personal change can lead to local and global change. We promote the principles of ICE: the power of Inner Gold, Connection and Environment to improve our world.
The journey is a call to action about the power we each have to do more than we believe possible. Schools and young people are invited to take part in the POP Challenge
The Polar Academy
We are connected with the work of The Polar Academy and the POLE OF POSSIBILITY team includes POLAR ACADEMY graduate, Iona Somerville, who along with the founder, Craig Matheson, have pledged to speak to at least 79,000 young people about the POLE OF POSSIBILITY and the concept of ICE. The academy takes teenagers from a variety of backgrounds and inspires them through participation in Arctic expeditions. The young adults targeted for the expeditions are not those who fit the profile of the either high achievers or the other extreme, for which there is an abundance of initiatives already in existence. The Polar Academy aims to help the average young adult who struggles through life; surviving without recognition, and without feeling able to realise their full potential.
As a ‘Scout Adventurer’, Karen is proud that the project is supported by and aligned with the Scouts : aiming to give young people skills for life, to be inclusive and to make a growing impact in our communities.
The team are working closely to develop links with world-leading educational organisations to inspire and educate young people . For example, connect into some of the inspiring organisations we are working with: KidSpirit (see this article on Inner Gold) and Highland One World (and their Creative Activist Academy).
There will be a live broadcast to young people around the world from the POLE OF POSSIBILITY in January 2022. Learning from scientists and environmentalists, the team will communicate the vital role of Antarctica in maintaining global equilibrium. No-where on the planet are the affects of human impact on environment more apparent, yet the protection of this important continent is under threat when the Antarctic Treaty expires.
‘The Cold Way’ Film
The journey will be filmed to produce a thought-provoking, moving and inspirational documentary about THE POLE OF POSSIBILITY. This is being filmed by Spiral Out Pictures.
Science & Sustainability
The team are aware that taking a journey to Antarctica is a privilege and feel a responsibility to off-set the impact of their visit to such a pristine, sensitive and precious continent. The team will offset their carbon footprint of 22 tons by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide saving elsewhere: at the BBRAUN China Shanghai Roots & Shoots One Million Trees Project and CARBFIX: An Icelandic project that reduces CO2 emissions by capture and injection of CO2 charged water into geological formations.
The team will also contribute to data on snowpack for the CSO (Community Snow Observations) project in partnership with NASA. This is coordinated by POW (Protect Our Winters) to feed climate change observation data to the NSIDC (National Snow and Ice Data Centre) and to governments.