Into Antarctica: A Negrense’s Journey for Mother Earth

Today, this blogger received a Facebook invitation from a Dumaguete-based friend who is initiating a fund-raising initiative to finance her participation in a once-in-a-lifetime and pioneering journey to ANTARCTICA. She has recently qualified to be part of the International Antarctic Expedition of the Antarctic Youth Ambassador Programme from February to March 2013. She would be the first and only delegate to have come from the Philippines. 

About the Antarctica Expedition

The Antarctic Youth Ambassador Programme (AYAP) selected 30 young people from around the world to take part in the International Antarctic Expedition (IAE) from 28 February to 14 March 2013.

Antarctica is vast. Twice the size of Australia, it is an island continent, east of the sun, west of the moon and south of everything else. The continent holds 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of the world’s fresh water. It is the highest, driest, coldest and windiest continent on earth.

Human activities in Antarctica are governed by an international agreement known as the Antarctic Treaty System, established in 1959. This unique international agreement ensures that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes only and that the environment is protected. Currently there is a moratorium in place that bans drilling or mining in Antarctica called the Environmental Protocol, established in 1991. This document can be reviewed after the 50-year anniversary in 2041.

The mission for the IAE Expeditions is to engage and inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility, be sustainable, and know that now is the time for action in policy development, sustainable business generation through the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability thus protecting Antarctica beyond 2041.

Her Story

I am Zephanie Repollo Danieles,a daughter of a simple public school teacher in the Philippines, a student from St Paul University Dumaguete, and working volunteer with I am one of the 30 international youth leaders selected to join the International Antarctic Expedition in 2013 and first to come from the Philippines.

My country is situated in Southeast Asia. Like other countries, we suffer the impacts of Climate Change. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) knows no limits. Although we contribute very little to the Global CO2 Emissions, we are the third most vulnerable country on climate change impacts. Majority of our people are facing the risks brought by climate change and often left without the capacity to respond to disasters.

Since 2009, I’ve been actively campaigning to reduce global emissions to 350 parts per million (ppm), the safe upper limit of CO2 in the atmosphere according to scientists. I organize creative actions to educate, advocate, and mobilize the strength and energies of the youth to reclaim the future from the clutches of climate change. This year, the youth will be pushing the Philippines past coal. 350 Philippines will coordinate protests, marches, and other creative actions around the country to highlight both the dangers of coal power and the promise of renewable energy.

Be Part of Her Journey

Now, an important opportunity to broaden and strengthen the global network of my generation to tackle climate change will happen with your help. I will be the first from the Philippines to join this meaningful expedition. With your generosity, I will be able to further develop my leadership potentials, increase awareness and effectively communicate the urgency to take action on the most significant issues of our time.

From the expedition, I will be bringing with me a project that will help equip young leaders the knowledge and skills to initiate Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Training Workshops. Committed participants will extend their knowledge and skills acquired in the training to vulnerable communities in Negros Oriental.

But as student and volunteer of, the financial implications of this trip are huge. I am asking you to be part of this project by helping me realize this special opportunity to represent the youth of my country. Please donate to my participation in the International Antarctic Expedition now!

Expenses Estimate (in USD):

Expedition Fee (fix cost) 20,000
Medical and

Travel Insurance (amount to be confirmed by organizers) 2,000
Airfare 4,000
3-day Accommodation at Ushuaia 1,500
Gear 1,000
Allowance 500
Visa Processing 5,000
Indiegogo (service fee) 1,000
GRAND TOTAL: 35,000Organizers are also helping me raise funds. I will be updating you for developments. The estimates above may hopefully get lower!
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One thought on “Into Antarctica: A Negrense’s Journey for Mother Earth

  1. Why not declare a state named “Arctica” and we, the people of born kings and queens, all habitants of planet earth, have got the right to protect our republic from damage and harm. Our republic would have passports and a declaration of life rights for all sorts of beings. Each one, who destructs or damages some/one -thing, will be punished by our civilrights court. We could give asylum to climate-refugees. All habitants on earth can be “Arctica”-citizen, but no one has got the right to drill for oil or any other devastation!

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