ABOUT / The Story So Far

In September 2007, 12 youth from Germany, the UK and Canada embarked on a sailing journey to the Norwegian Arctic on Cape Farewell’s first Youth Expedition.

These young voyagers sailed from Longyearbyen to Ny Alesund on Spitzbergen, Svalbard’s largest island, from September 14-23, 2007. The voyagers conducted scientific experiments and created art inspired by this fragile Arctic environment, which is so sensitive to the effects of climate change.

Youth expedition leaders, teacher and filmmaker Colin Izod and science teacher and choreographer Suba Subramanian, together with onboard artists, scientists and educators, mentored and supported the development of the projects. Daily video reports, blogs, webcams and message boards were sent live from the Arctic to the Cape Farewell website (www.voyage.capefarewell.com) and to screens at Southbank Centre in London and the Eden Project, Cornwall. The projects that the young people develop, both at sea and with their schools, become an international educational resource.

Following the youth voyage, Cape Farewell’s Art and Science voyage took place from September 23 to October 10, 2007. This voyage sailed the 78th parallel to eastern Greenland, a passage only made possible due to the melting of sea ice. This expedition crossed the north Atlantic to the extreme frontline of climate change, before sailing south to Scoresby Sund in Greenland.

This expedition brought together writer Vikram Seth; comedian Marcus Brigstocke; artists Amy Balkin, Kathy Barber, David Buckland, Beth Derbyshire, Dan Harvey, William Hunt and Brian Jungen; and journalist Benjamin Jervey. Dr Simon Boxall of the National Oceanography Centre and his team continued monitoring of the robustness of the Gulf Stream and a media team led by acclaimed environmental photographer and filmmaker Nick Cobbing, documented the expedition and the most recent impacts of climate change.

Cape Farewell Youth Expedition 2008

The 2008 voyage began September 1st and returned September 20th, 2008. To learn more, check out the Expeditions section of this site.

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