Protecting the North Pole's wildlife & floating ice-reef ecosystem
As an explorer Pen Hadow has pushed back the boundaries of what is known.
His iconic solo trek from Canada to the North Pole has never been repeated, and his leadership of non-governmental scientific exploration on the Arctic Ocean is without equal. His mission now is to protect the wildlife of the North Pole’s international waters. He is today’s quintessential explorer.
Hadow believes exploration of the natural world has been never more urgent or important in human history, with the continued existence of our species along with myriad others now dependent on us improving our understanding and management of the natural world. For example, with the Arctic’s sea-ice habitat fast disappearing, international research and conservation measures are now urgently needed to protect its threatened unique wildlife and floating ice-reef ecosystem.
He continues to lead an influential non-governmental scientific and public engagement programme, Arctic Mission – an annual expedition programme in support of the international advocacy work of the 90North Unit.
The 90North Unit, founded by Hadow, is the only organisation exclusively dedicated to protecting the wildlife and floating ice-reef ecosystem in the Arctic Ocean’s international waters. The Unit is catalysing the conservation process within the United Nations to create the world’s largest protected marine area by 2032.
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