Shinaz, first Maldivian to embark on a journey for the Antarctic

Husen Iyad, Haveeru Online
Feb 25, 2012 - 02:35 6 comments
  • Co-founder of the Maldivian Youth Climate Network (MYCN) Mohamed Shinaz Saeed at the airport yesterday, to embark on the journey to the Antarctic.

Co-founder of the Maldivian Youth Climate Network (MYCN) Mohamed Shinaz Saeed last night, set off to participate in the International Antarctic Expedition 2012 organized by 2041.

2041 is an organization 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.

The mission of International Antarctic Expedition 2012 is to create ambassadors for environmental education and sustainability across the globe.

Shinaz is currently on his way to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to attend a 16 day training experience by Robert Swan’s personal leadership and sustainability program “Leadership on the Edge,” which encompasses leadership, the environment, education, and survival, before setting off to Antarctica.

Speaking to Haveeru before his departure Shinaz said that the ultimate goal of this expedition is to emphasize on the vulnerability of Maldives and Antarctic to climate change, increase local and global awareness on climate change by encouraging more youth, communities and organizations to participate in programs to combat climate change. It also focuses to empower businesses to truly go green and support green movements.

“Anyone who wants live updates of the expedition can stay connected on my website, twitter and my facebook  page” Shinaz said.

Shinaz, an environmental activist from Maldives, who made front page news of several leading international magazines by recreating a Maldives flood scene being submerged in water, in a 3 meter (9 feet) perspex tube outside the Bella Center on the opening day of the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009 is to return back to Maldives and conduct an Antarctic Photo Exhibition in Male, Kulhudhuffushi and Addu, followed by awareness sessions.

Shinaz accompanied by environmental experts in the fields of climate change and sustainability including one of the greatest environmental and social experts in the Maldives, Dr.Simad Saeed, also aims to hold such sessions in India and Sri Lanka afterwards.

“I would like to thank my sponsors STO, LeCute, Panasonic, Soneva Fushi, Bandos Island Resort & Spa, Villa College, CDE Consulting, Allied Insurance, Maldivian for their support in the expedition” Shinaz said.

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