It’s Christmas Eve and the team are struggling with seriously adverse weather conditions.
But that didn’t stop them from recording an interview with ITV West Country News, marking presenter Kylie Pentelow’s first ever Zoom interview with a team in Antarctica!
In the 3 minute segment, the team managed to discuss the scientific objectives, the unseasonal weather and difficult conditions, the route and the historical significance, and they even managed to squeeze in Merry Christmas message to friends and family!
In an era of rapid climate change and biodiversity loss it’s no longer enough to just do scientific research on expeditions, we have to communicate this research to the everyone, including the public, policy makers, and also to journalists so they can better understand and communicate these stories as part of their jobs.
So media coverage like this is hugely important. A huge well done to the expedition team for pulling this off, and thank you to ITV West Country News for having the courage to schedule the interview!
Thanks to Alexis Bowater (Bowater Communications) for organising the coverage, and The AST Group for supporting the expedition with the satellite communications technology necessary for this to be possible.
Many thanks to all of our friends, sponsors and supporters who are backing the Antarctic Quest 21 expedition, including:
NAAFI Team Army/Team Ethos Costain Group PLC BetterYou Ltd Applied Satellite Technology LtdGreencastle Consulting Klättermusen AB Fjellpulken AS Polar Latitudes Clean Planet Energy PlanetLabs.Earth LikeToBe.org LGfL Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Royal Geographical Society Prof Dr Ger Graus OBE Phil Carrotte Tim Ellis Twin Science & Robotics Verofax Limited Alpenverein Osterreich Beyond Exploration Shackleton Whisky Paul Read Martin Holland, FRGS USNAR Polar Science and Technology Program The Ulysses Trust Expedition Base Camp Anjuli Selvakumaran Elliot Brown Watches University of Plymouth Utrecht University The University of Manchester Durham University University of Tasmania Challenging Habitat AndrewSmedley PippaWhitehouse Colonel Paul John Edwards MBE The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CB CVO CBE AngelaMilne Simon Ussher Nigel Marley MichielvanDenBroeke ImogenNapper Emily Whitehead Kate Retallick Claire Grogan FRGS Charlotte Braungardt
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“Dr Charlotte Braungardt is a freelance environmental scientist working through her consultancy Challenging Habitat. She is the scientific advisor for the Antarctic Quest 21 expedition.”