Category: Research Projects
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 21
Today we celebrate our project hash tag #ReQuest2021
Just doing a simple Google image search on “#ReQuest2021” shows the fantastic internet presence of our project we have reached already…
Over £30,000 raised so far!
As of 24th September 2019 we have just passed the £30,000 mark towards making Kent Scouts #ReQuest2021 Antarctica Project happen! Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far we have now hit 35% of our overall target. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ReQuest2021
Here is a reminder of our ten project objectives – primary and secondary.
Primary Project Objectives:
- Participate as members of the crew on the Barque Europa on a voyage to Antarctica in the Winter ‘21/’22.
- For each of the participants to carry out an Antarctic research project and present the results upon return.
- To visit Port Lockroy base that was established by Scout James Marr and fly a Scout flag on Antarctica.
- To unveil an expedition plaque dedicated to Marr & Mooney at Gilwell Park and Port Lockroy in Antarctica.
- To involve the younger sections in join-in educational fun activities in the form of Antarctica In An Ice Box.
Secondary Project Objectives:
- Hold a pre-expedition PR event for sponsors, participants and Scouting dignitaries on board a similar 100-year-old vessel at St Katherine’s Dock, on 17th Sep ‘21 and have Tower Bridge opened just for us!
- Attend the Devon and Cornwall Polar Society Quest reconstruction event at Plymouth in Sep 2021.
- To have Scouting representation at Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Grave on South Georgia on 4th/5th January 2022.
- Potential to link up with Scouts in other countries on the original expedition route.
- Potential to create a legacy charity project. T.A.S.K. – “The Antarctica Scout Krill” project.
Lucy’s Climate Change Blog
Climate Change is complex and controversial. Lucy’s blog is aimed at Guides and Scouts as well as others who want to learn more about this environmental change.
Lucy is a Geography Undergraduate studying at Durham University and has a particular interest in Climate Change. She is interested in the relation between people and the environment and how we can reduce our negative impacts on our planet.
The ReQuest Team Members will each undertake an Antarctic Research Project and present their results in different formats on their return.
Lucy Morgan’s: Writing a blog about climate change, based around questions people have. Also running Guide/Scout meetings on the topic. Plus she will be running a fundraising event related to climate change.
Genevieve Scullion’s: The physical effects of different temperatures on body functions. With the help of the members of the expedition, she will be able to measure the effect of varying temperatures on lung function, heart rate/ blood pressure and reactions.
3D ICEBERG SIMULATION
George Stonor’s: A study into the movement of icebergs after they have detached from the ice shelf. This would involve understanding the different forces acting on the ice -such as sea currents, winds and gravity – and their resultant effects.
PHOTOGRAPHY & ART
Darcey Holmes’s: Capturing, using photography, a historical journey in contrast with 100 years ago. Using art to convey the overwhelming effects of human activity and climate change on Antarctica’s landscape and wildlife.
THE SOUNDS OF ANTARCTICA
Alan Noake’s: Recording an entire “soundscape” podcast of Antarctica – the various sounds of the ship, icebergs, wildlife and weather. As well as one-to-one interviews with participants, crew, scientists and tourists. The project aim is to produce a complete audio record of the project.
MOTION SICKNESS STUDY
Cathy Mummery’s: The physiological causes of motion sickness and then whilst on Bark Europa look into the various treatments and how effective they are on individuals – shop bought medications, natural remedies and common sense remedies (watching the horizon, fresh air etc.)
Laura Bernard’s: Document, through pictures, the physical and psychological effects of fellow explorers throughout the journey to and from Antarctica. Capturing the highs and lows of the entire experience.
Matt Wood’s: Carry out first hand research on how electricity is generated and stored in the research bases on Antarctica. We all know that global warming is happening, and one of the key issues contributing to this is the way we (humans) generate and use electricity.