Co-founder of Maldivian Youth Climate Network and environmental activist, Mohamed Shinaz Saeed, 25, the first Maldivian Youth to embark on a journey to the Antarctic reached his first icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula on the 4th of this month after two days of traveling on the Drake Passage.
Shinaz left from the southernmost tip
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina on the 1st of March 2012.
The first picture posted of Shinaz after he had set off from Maldives was taken
in Argentina before his departure to the Antarctic. The picture taken at the
very top of Martial Glacier, Ushuaia, Argentina shows Shinaz holding the
Maldivian flag in his hands.
The official facebook page for Shinaz’s journey had also posted photos and videos. Some photos showed
penguins in motion and seals swimming in the waters while one of the videos
showed the historical moment in which they witnessed their first iceberg.
One of the greatest challenges Shinaz had to face on his journey to the Antarctic was in the South American continent where many only spoke Spanish, Shinaz posted in his facebook profile that he had managed to communicate with the locals by using an i-phone application.
The organizer 2041, of the Antarctic expedition includes 78 people from 22
different countries this term.
The official 2041 blog had also included a live-map of the vessel’s position on their blog, which also gives further details of the vessels position including its speed and course.
2041 is an organization founded by polar
explorer, environmental leader and public speaker Robert Swan, OBE, the first
person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles.
Shinaz made front page news of several leading international magazines in 2009 by recreating a Maldives flood scene being submerged in water, in a 3 meter (9 feet) perspex tube outside the Bella Centre on the opening day of the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Talented photographer and graphic artist, Shinaz is to return back to Maldives and conduct an Antarctic Photo Exhibition in Male, Kulhudhuffushi and Addu, followed by awareness sessions to create awareness among the youth and help communities in promoting environment friendly lifestyle in their daily life.
Shinaz accompanied by local environmental experts in the fields of climate change and sustainability aims to hold such sessions in India and Sri Lanka afterwards.