EXCTING RADIO INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY TUESDAY 16th FEB 2010
TWO YOUNG INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS & HAYLEY WARNER SET
TO MAKE HISTORY IN ANTARCTICA
Famous Polar Explorer Robert Swan, Best selling Australian author, Thomas Keneally
OA will announce Australias representative for the World Youth Summit in Antarctica
expedition at a press conference on Tuesday 16th February at 12.00pm at The Maritime
Museum, Darling Harbour.
Three talented young Australians including the first two indigenous will be announced on
Tuesday morning the 16th February as the Australian representative to join polar explorer
and environmentalist Robert Swan OBE on the World Youth Expedition departing on the 3rd
As Earth Hour approaches (March 27th), and families and individuals are encourage to take
simple steps to reduce their environmental footprint at home, these young adventurers will
discover how to survive on renewable energy in the highest, driest and coldest continent on
Young Performer and Earth Hour ambassador (and 2009 Idol runner-up) Hayley Warner will
be joined the first young Indigenous Australians to visit Antarctica, track star and AFL
Indigenous Programs Co-ordinator Narelle Long (niece of Michael Long) and Malcolm
Lynch, a member of the AFL Flying Boomerang Squad.
The focus of the expedition will be the opening of the first environmental school in Antarctica
called E-Base (on King George Island), a series of environmental experiments in conjunction
with the University of Western Sydney, and a series of live crosses back to school children in
Australia in the lead-up to Earth Hour on the 27th March, 2010.
Much loved and best-selling author Thomas Keneally, will present the young Australians with
a series of books to place in perpetuate at the E-Base school for future expeditions.
Following the press conference, a photo shoot will be held on the Endeavour, a ship of
exploration and human achievement, and part of Australian history which Narelle and
Malcolm are about to become.
E-Base. The Coolest School on the Planet officially opens
Two years ago polar explorer and environmental campaigner Robert Swan OBE made
history by living in Antarctica for more than two weeks surviving only on renewable energy.
His revolutionary E-Base located at the Bellingshausen Russian Base on King George Island
took six years to build but not before Swan and his 2041 foundation team removed 1500
tons of waste from the Antarctic shoreline. The E-Base educational facility serves as an
inspirational classroom for students and teachers around the world encouraging them to
tackle the issues of climate change and renewable energies.
Swans message is clear: If the seemingly impossible can be achieved at this remote and
hostile outpost, surely we can take similar steps back home.
In 2008 E-Base went live. Using the latest in satellite, internet and digital media
technologies, Swan and his team, shared their message on renewable energy with an
Live text and video conference links with schools and other educational organisations
allowed Swan to showcase alternative energy sources from a place where the temperature
can drop to as low as - 80 degrees celsius.
The E-Base is now powered by renewables 365 days a year and will serve as an
educational base for Haley Warner, Narelle Long and Malcolm Lynch as they explore
Antarctica and learn more about the practical application of sustainable energy resources in
the most difficult conditions imaginable.
AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA INTERVIEWS TUESDAY AFTERNOON:
Professor Robert Swan OBE
CALL LIZ COURTNEY 0409 225 447