Category: Global Issues
PRESS RELEASE – SCOUTS CLIMATE QUEST EVENT
Held over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July 2020 Climate Quest was a virtual event hosted by Sevenoaks District in partnership with the Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project.
One of the key themes of the main Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctica project mission is Environment. Antarctica is a living environmental laboratory for Climate Change and Antarctic Wildlife. Climate Quest was put together to engage young people in these important issues.
To earn their Climate Quest Badge participants had to complete a minimum of 2 activities from each of the three different zones – Causes, Consequences and Take Action.
Around 300 people registered for the event and orders have been placed for somewhere in the region of 200 badges already! The activities are still available for other to take part in due course.
All the feedback and response from the participants and parents has been phenomenal…
“Thank you. We have had a great time and really enjoyed the tasks. Lots of chatting about the environment with a 5yr old and 10yr old!”
“Such a great weekend full of fun and interesting activities, thank you Kent Scouts. Alex and Charlotte from 1st New Barn Cubs and Beavers.”
“My boys Harrison & Finlay from Larkfield 1st with most of their completed challenges from this Climate Quest Weekend. Thanks so much for all the organising. It was utterly brilliant.”
“Isla, 2nd Radipole Guides, and Oli, Weymouth South Scouts, have enjoyed taking part in the Climate Quest this weekend. Thank you so much for running the event and organising such fantastic activities.”
“I would just like to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the team at Climate Quest. William from 10th Fareham Cubs, Hampshire has had a fab weekend of activities learning lots of things about global warming, recycling. He has loved every minute of it.”
“Bird feeders made, extreme weather report and macaroni cheese made for dinner. Oliver has had a great weekend doing the activities. Thank you to everyone involved.”
ReQuest2021 Project Mission
Some more work on refinining the mission for the ReQuest2021 project which can now be summarised under the 3 banners of Peace ~ Environment ~ Heritage
ReQuest2021 Podcast Ep.6
EPISODE 6 – Wednesday 1st April 2020 – Chinstrap penguins and climate change, More from Alan’s presentation to Medway Towns Scout Active Support and Interview with Cathy Mummery
A podcast documenting the Kent Scouts #ReQuest2021 Research Project all the way to Antarctica and back again! Interviews, Scouting historical links, events and research project work recorded along the way. Part of Alan Noake’s Antarctic Soundscapes project.
Darcey’s Loo Roll Penguin Craft Project video…
CBS Newstory about Chinstrap penguins and climate change…
Medway Active Support Team…
Cathy Mummery’s Sponsorship Link…
Photographs by Frank Hurley
Herbert Ponting Photos
Henry (Harry) McNish (1874-1930) – Biographical notes
Our Fundraising Ladder with lots of other ways you can follow and support the project….
Our Case for Support
CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG SAYS,
If a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school – then imagine what we all could do together if we really wanted to.
She certainly has a point but do you think young people should strike from school to raise awareness of Climate Change?
Well now you can help send some young people to ‘school’ in Antarctica instead! The Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Project is doing just that. Our mission is to develop six young Antarctica ambassadors who then will create a future legacy by sharing their polar research experience to inspire thousands of other young people.
Each of the young people YOU help support will have to:-
…FUNDRAISE towards the overall total costs for their expedition.
…PROMOTE Scouting’s strong heritage links with Shackleton’s 1921 Quest Expedition.
…LEARN how to crew a one-hundred-year-old sailing vessel through Antarctic waters.
…EDUCATE younger children about climate change and endangered Antarctic wildlife.
…UNDERTAKE an Antarctic Research Project and present their results upon returning.
Kent Scouts Global Projects now has a strong track record of running large successful international expeditions. Back in 2009 they ran an eco-awareness training project in South Africa, in 2012 a team climbed Kilimanjaro, in 2018 twenty-four scouts helped with school building and malaria education in Ghana and in 2020 a group are heading off to work with a charity supporting street Children in Kenya.
And now the money bit…! To deliver this project successfully is going to require total funds of £110,000 by 30th June 2021. Flights and Antarctic voyage amount to £10,000 for each of the ten project participants. Plus, another £10,000 is required for pre-expedition training, equipment and resources to achieve the other project objectives – such as the heritage plaques being carved out of Caithness slate which are £1000 each.
So, if you live in Kent (or Aberdeen!) you can attend one of our popular Community Fundraising Events. We are also seeking Corporate Sponsorship and can in turn promote your brand on all our printed literature and online media. Finally, we welcome fresh ideas from individuals or organisations to fundraise for us.
HELP OUR YOUNG ANTARCTIC AMBASSADORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
SPONSOR THE PROJECT NOW:
ReQuest2021 Podcast Ep. 3
EPISODE 3 – Thursday 2nd January 2020 – Antarctica In An Icebox, 10 incredible things you should really know about Krill and an interview with Lucy Morgan.
A podcast documenting the Kent Scouts #ReQuest2021 Research Project
all the way to Antarctica and back again! Interviews, Scouting
historical links, events and research project work recorded along the
way. Part of Alan Noake’s Antarctic Soundscapes project.
Lucy Morgan’s Climate Change Blog…
Lucy Morgan’s – sponsorship link…
Facebook group for T.A.S.K. The Antarctica Scout Krill project :
Our Fundraising Ladder with lots of ways you can follow and support the project….
ReQuest2021 Online Advent Calendar – Day 20
Antarctica2020 is a group of influencers from the world of sport, politics, business, media and science, that are building support for the protection of more than 7 million square kilometers of the Southern Ocean by 2020, through the establishment of a network of large-scale marine protected areas in the region.
ReQuest2021 Online Advent Calendar – Day 14
An outline summary of the 14 articles of the Antarctic Treaty:
- No military use shall be made of Antarctica, though military personnel and equipment may be used for peaceful purposes.
- There will be complete freedom of scientific investigation.
- Antarctic Treaty Nations will exchange plans for their scientific programmes, scientific data will be freely available and scientists will be exchanged between expeditions where practical.
- All territorial claims are put aside for the duration of the Treaty. No activities under the Treaty will affect claims to sovereignty of any part of Antarctica made by any nation.
- Nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal are banned from Antarctica.
- The Treaty applies to all land and ice shelves south of 60° South, but not to the seas.
- All Antarctic stations and all ships and aircraft supplying Antarctica shall be open to inspectors from any Treaty nation.
- Observers and exchange scientists shall be under the jurisdiction of their own country regardless of which national station they may visit. National laws do not apply to stations or areas, but only to the citizens of those countries.
- Treaty nations will meet to consider ways of furthering the principles and objectives of the Treaty. Attendance at these meetings shall be limited to those countries that are engaged in substantial scientific research activity in Antarctica. Unanimous approval will be necessary for any new measures to become effective (i.e. everyone has to agree).
- All Treaty Nations will try to ensure that no one carries out any activity in Antarctica that is against the Treaty.
- Any dispute by Treaty Nations, if not settled by agreement, shall be determined by the International Court of Justice.
- The Treaty may be modified at any time by unanimous agreement. After 30 years any consultative Party may call for a conference to review the operation of the Treaty. The Treaty may be modified at this conference by a majority decision.
- The Treaty must be legally ratified (agreed to) by any nation wishing to join. Any member of the United Nations may join as well as any other country invited to do so by the Treaty Nations. All notices and records are deposited with the Archives of the United States of America.
- The Treaty translated into English, French, Russian and Spanish was signed on 1st December 1959 by 12 states and entered into force on 23rd of June 1961.
More facts about the Antarctic Treaty: http://blogs.sun.ac.za/antarcticlegacy/wp-content/blogs.dir/189/files/2015/10/Facts-about-the-Antarctic-Treaty.pdf
ReQuest2021 Online Advent Calendar – Day 12
Twelve months of the year below zero!
At the South Pole, 2,800 meters (9,200 feet) above sea level, the average annual temperature is -49 °C (-56 °F), ranging from about -28 °C (-18 °F) in January to about -59.5 °C (-74.5 °F) in July. The lowest recorded temperature is -83 °C (-117 °F), while the highest is -12 °C (10 °F).
Here are the average temperatures of the South Pole (Amundsen–Scott Station) for the twelve months of the year…