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Join Abdulla AlMisnad on his March 5-19 journey to Antarctica with polar explorer Robert Swan’s 2041 team
Abdulla AlMisnad is the first Qatari to join Robert Swan’s annual 2041 expedition to Antarctica. If you would like to submit a comment, review, article or link to what someone else is saying about this blog or Antarctica, email email@example.com
There is also a place to comment after each of Abdulla’s daily expedition logs.
Meet Abdulla AlMisnad
Abdulla, who has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, recently joined Shell as a commercial advisor and will work on Shell’s carbon dioxide, or CO2, management activities. He has long been interested in the challenges posed by the environment and has even worked as a part-time energy auditor. More...
Welcome to my Antarctica expedition blog. Why did I choose to join 2041’s journey to Antarctica? It’s not so much about what’s in Antarctica as it is about what I want to bring back. I want to learn how to challenge myself and others to rethink how we interact with the world and how to take often overlooked factors like the environment and society into consideration. More...
Qatari in Antarctica
The challenge with Antarctica for anyone going there is what to do when you get back. What Antarctica represents is the fact that there’s plenty of room for improvement; it's a sign that we have a long history of mistakes when it comes to understanding how we impact our future. As Qataris we have the same responsibilities as other youth all over the world. More...
2041 and polar explorer Robert Swan
2041 was founded by polar explorer, environmental leader and public speaker Robert Swan, the first person in history to walk to both the North and South poles. Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica by the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability to combat the effects of climate change More...
Buzz about the expedition
Green drive: Qatari on Antarctica mission
DOHA: A Qatari professional will travel to Antarctica on a mission to help raise awareness in Qatar about climate change and the importance of protecting the environment. Ahead of his expedition to the end of the Earth, he visited schoolchildren in Doha to get them to think Green.
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‘Green’ envoy provides glimpse of Antartica to school children
DOHA Abdulla al Misnad of Shell, who is travelling to Antarctica on a mission to help raise awareness in Qatar about climate change and the importance of protecting the environment, visited school children in Doha just before leaving on his expedition to the end of the earth.
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Antarctic explorer in awareness drive
Abdulla al-Misnad, of Shell, who is travelling to Antarctica on a mission to help raise awareness in Qatar about climate change and the importance of protecting the environment, has visited schoolchildren in Doha just before leaving on the historic expedition.
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Greening of Oil launches Antarctica expedition blog
Join Qatari engineer Abdulla AlMisnad on his voyage to Antarctica with polar explorer Robert Swan’s 2041 team; photos and daily logs in English and Arabic
Anchorage, Alaska—March 2, 2010—Students, age 10 to 100, are invited to join Qatari engineer Abdulla AlMisnad on his two-week voyage to Antarctica with polar explorer Robert Swan’s 2041 expedition, starting March 5 on Greening of Oil’s Web site.
Abdulla will write a daily log of his adventures in Arabic (under construction) and English (ready to view) on Greening of Oil’s Antarctica expedition blog site More...
Shell sponsors Qatari for Antarctic Expedition
Abdulla AlMisnad of Shell is going to travel to the end of the earth on a mission to help raise awareness at home about climate change, and the importance of protecting the environment.
Abdulla AlMisnad, a Shell employee, will join 2041's 'Inspire Antarctica Expedition' from the 5th to 18th of March, which will educate participants about global warming, conservation, and Antarctica's fragile ecosystem.
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Antarctica mission for eco-awareness
Abdulla al-Misnad of Shell is going to Antarctica on a mission to help raise awareness in Qatar about climate change, and the importance of protecting the environment.
The Qatari national will join 2041’s ‘Inspire Antarctica Expedition’ from March 5 to 18. The trip will educate participants about global warming, conservation, and Antarctica’s fragile ecosystem.
Read the full article.
DAILY LOG from Antarctica 2010 expedition
Videos from the expedition
This first video is of some Adelie penguins, you may recognize them as the “Amigos” from the animated film Happy Feet. More...
Recreation of a Question and Answer with Bill Spence (note these are my words not his, all mistakes are mine)
Q1. Tell us about your personal journey to sustainability
My recreation of what Bill said: It took me 20 years to get to a position in my life where I could think about myself, about my needs. I had just graduated from University and was finally getting an income from my new job in The Hague. More...
Final expedition log
I’m finally back in Doha, same place as when I wrote that first entry so many ages ago it seems. I’ve landed a few hours ago and can’t really sleep, still on some weird time zone. It’s a good time to put things together. More...
Finally back on shore in Ushuaia. In the airport and had a chance to try to get some feedback. Unfortunately wasn't able to get anything while I was away. So it looks like Day 10 and most of the pictures I sent got lost in the wind. Day 10 was actually one of the most amazing days... the action we saw...More...
Days 12 and 13
Seasick on the way home. We’re apparently dancing around a storm. We tried to take a little detour to Cape Horn… but the winds were too strong. I’m actually not that bad… food just doesn’t look too appetizing. We’re pretty much spending the next two days chatting about what happened. At the same time we’re beginning to realize that the end is coming closer. More...
Our final Antarctic touchdown: King George Island (KGI). KGI is a strange place; it’s basically a collection of research bases from all over the world. Everyone’s there: the Russians, the Chinese, the Chileans, the Argentineans, the Uruguayans the Koreans, the Brazilians and more. It was a little reminder of civilization, and the funny quirks of people. More...
Readers, we have not yet received Abdulla's Day 10 log. Perhaps, the storm that was brewing during his last communication has interfered. But we have something new for you. More...
Landing to landing: boots are wet, gloves are wet. We camped on Antarctica last night. We set up those ready-made plastic tents but most of us ended up sleeping outside actually, underneath the Antarctic sky. Remember all that stuff I told you about how we have to wear layers in Antarctica? Well imagine what it takes to sleep outdoors in Antarctica… More...
The days are getting more and more packed, hardly time to sit still. Landing followed by landing. Typical day is wake up to a soaring mountain. Throw on all of those layers I was telling you about. Actually the weather is much much better then any one's expected. Usually I'll only wear three layers on top, a neck-warmer, hat, one pair of gloves and my water-proofs. More...
First of all ice, ice, ice and ice. We made our first Antarctic landing and we saw ice. Ice on water, ice on air. Ice on the mountains, ice on the brain. We opened and closed the day with a float through a tight passage… think soaring icy cliffs. In between we took a three-hour zodiac tour of an iceberg graveyard. More...
Introductions. First of all Antarctica. We can finally see it. Look, I took a picture. if you look really hard at the horizon, that gigantic white smudge by the horizon. see it. that's part of Antarctica. The cold's turned from finger-numbing to face-blasting; still a few more notches to go. More...
When rolling through Drakes Passage, the trick is to shuffle. You shuffle when you walk, shuffle when you talk and even shuffle when you pray. Even when you think it starts to shuffle. The view is amazing. Blue, blue and nothing but blue: hazy blue skies and angry blue waves. More...
Ok this will have to be quick. Off to Antarctica in a few hours. From now on everything gets hazy. Our path, communications everything. I will probably still be able to get a file uploaded once a day... conditions permitting. More...
Ushuaia. Last city on Earth. Normal looking town actually, I think I saw a KFC around somewhere. Otherwise all normal… except for the water, as fresh and clean as a pack of Wriggley’s Spearmint Gum. I didn’t know water could be like this. Everything is calm; everything is still. I’ve been looking out my window for the last few days: no waves, no currents, no tides. More...
32 Degrees. From the summer of Doha to the summer of Buenos Aires. The only difference is that it’s supposed to be summer down here. It’s a strange idea that you have to go through all this heat to get down to Antarctica. More...
First leg of the journey: Doha to Paris. It was really really cold on the plane. Stayed wrapped in the blanket the whole way through. I can’t imagine what Antarctica’s going to be like, what the temperature ranges are year round.
I’m looking at my email now and I see this link from a friend of mine. Now this is one amazing adventure. She’s skiing and dog sledding all the way to the North Pole. Here’s another story. More...
I’ve just finished packing. I’ll get a few hours sleep before I head off to the airport. I’ve spent the last two days talking to the boys at Omar Ibn Al Khattab High School and Middle School (I hope some of you guys are reading this now). I spent all morning today and yesterday talking to somewhere around a thousand students. I thought I’d have a hard time talking about climate change and CO2, about making the link between Qatar and Antarctica. More...
Abdulla’s post-expedition log
The tough questions
Almost a month ago now, I was in Antarctica and already it seems far away. People have asked me a lot of questions, and I thought I’d share some of these with you and give you some insight on how I’ve been thinking about sustainable development and what makes sense to other people. I’ll talk about them over a few entries during the next weeks. More...
Greening of Oil really hopes you've enjoyed tracking Abdulla's Antarctica experience.
He returned with a simple, yet powerful message: "lets cut CO2, lets save Antarctica, lets save the world." More...
Entry 2, education
So here are a few links and resources that might be interesting to you. Remember to check out the videos that were posted in my expedition logs. I've picked quite a few of these up from some of the people on the trip. If you have any other resources please let me know, lets keep on sharing these resources. More...
Coolest curriculum in the world
Lesson plans update from Greening of Oil’s publisher Kay Cashman More...
So Alejo Contreras is the name of the fellow that got dropped in the middle of Antarctica to refuel Robert Swan's Plane as he flew to rescue his men. That was the first time he had been to Antarctica and he's been going back ever since. More...