By: Victoria Ortiz
"I'm not trying to be anyone's savior. I'm just trying to think about the future and not be sad."
This quote by Elon Musk at April’s TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada has echoed beyond the stage throughout social media and the web. It’s a sentiment that also resonated with our Executive Director and founder, Gregg Treinish, who was sitting in the audience.
“[Elon Musk] is such a phenomenal visionary thinker,” says Gregg. “I think everyone who works towards making the world a better place does so partially because we feel like we have to do something in the midst of the great challenges we face.”
The conference theme ‘The Future You’ brought together leaders in the technology, education, and design communities to talk about the future. As a finalist for the 2017 TED prize, Gregg was able to attend the conference and listen to hundreds of inspirational activists, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists.
“It was a great opportunity to meet people who will be influential in driving our organization's mission forward,” said Gregg.
One talk that stood out to Gregg was by futurist and designer Anab Jain. She spoke about successful storytelling mechanisms to gain support, and gave the example of creating a bottle of what the air would look be in the UAE by 2030. She gave it to government officials to breathe, and they announced changes to their policy the next day (she acknowledged this might have only been in part due to her presentation).
“I loved her story because she found a tangible way to show people what the future could be while also demonstrating the importance of the issue. Now I keep thinking about how we can do the same at Adventure Scientists to highlight the issues we work on.”
The conference brought together visionaries, people who are constantly looking to challenge what is possible. Adventure Scientists plans to explore the possibility of incorporating new technologies into our work so that we can continue to be the best provider of reliable, hard-to-get conservation data.
“It was such an honor to be included in that group of leaders,” said Gregg. “I am confident that the relationships I’ve made as part of the TED family will last for years and years to come.”
Photos courtesy of Gregg Treinish
By: Marian Krogh
In February of 2017 I went to Gulmarg, India to ski. Yes that’s right, skiing in India. Not only is it possible, it’s amazing. In fact, the highest ski gondola in the world sits in the far northwest of the country in the Kashmir region.
By: Victoria Ortiz
Left brain, right brain. Scientific or artistic. In this world of specialization it’s easy to separate the two spheres. But at Adventure Scientists we bring together different communities and ideas. We connect adventurers and scientists, and we believe that data tell stories that create tangible outcomes. But how does one show that in a logo?
By: Annette Bombosch and Phil Hunter
The Southern Ocean is a magnet for a tremendous amount of diverse wildlife. The summer season, during which so many animals come to feed and breed, is relatively short on the Antarctic Peninsula by nature of its extreme latitude. The end of February and beginning of March is one of the best times to be in Antarctica.
One morning I was greeted by penguin chicks, running busily along the shore while chasing their parents for food. The chicks were starting to fledge, losing and pecking out most of their fluffy down feathers. Since they can’t reach the ones on their head and back, these feathers are the last to fall out giving each of them quite a unique hairstyle. I can’t help but fall in love with these curious and clumsy little penguins. Soon they will enter the water where the clumsiness will disappear. The sea is their home, and they will swim gracefully throughout the Southern Ocean until next year’s breeding season arrives in October.
By: Sequoia Schmidt
It wasn’t until my early adulthood that the desire to learn about climbing really took hold. At the recommendation of a close friend, I signed up for an alpinism course with the American Alpine Institute (AAI). This course was seven days of rigorous mountaineering training followed by a summit attempt of Mt. Baker.
AAI strictly follows a Leave No Trace policy for all their activities. This means that everything brought into the mountains is carried out… and they mean EVERYTHING.
Upon arrival at base camp on Mt. Baker, we got a demonstration from our guide on wag bag usage. In case you are like I was, and blissfully unaware of that part of environmentally conscious mountaineering, it meant literally defecating in a bag.
By: Dylan Jones, Part 1 of 2
I feel as if we’ve stumbled into the center of the universe. We emerge from the thick forest canopy that had been obscuring our view for miles. The landscape is vast. Milky water from a braided stream weaves across a wide riverbed comprised of cobbles in shades of red, green, and purple. Majestic spires crown craggy peaks as waterfalls tumble thousands of feet from snow fields in shaded couloirs. The sky is even bigger. It appears we’re just a handful of miles from the large glacier to the north, but perceived distance in the alpine is often skewed.
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