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World-first expedition to Antarctica in 2023 to be filmed for feature documentary

The Sylvia Earle will begin its journey in February 2023

A feature documentary about a world-first expedition to Antarctica is currently in development as the adventure travel company behind it looks for people to join the voyage.

Australian firm Aurora Expeditions is calling for applications to join the Antarctic Climate Expedition in 2023, led by renowned oceanographer, marine biologist, explorer and conservationist Dr Sylvia Earle.

Aurora is looking for “thought-leaders” in the fields of science, art, education and economics, alongside inquisitive teenagers and corporate executives.

Described as a pivotal and far-reaching climate summit expedition to the most spectacular and biodiverse wilderness regions of Antarctica, it is limited to about 100 expedition guests from around the world.

It will comprise conservationists, high-profile personalities and ocean luminaries and aims to raise public and government awareness of the splendour and importance of the Antarctic.

As well as a feature documentary, the expedition will result in a series of lectures, exhibitions and a book.

“This will be a climate expedition like no other that can have a real impact on the future of our relationship with life on Earth,” said Dr Earle.

The 12-day Antarctic Climate Expedition starts on February 13, 2023, with two nights and a full-day conference in Ushuaia, Argentina, followed by a nine-day voyage onboard Aurora Expeditions’ new ship, the Sylvia Earle. It will conclude with a post-voyage night in Punta Arenas, Chile.

The expedition route features the Drake Passage, Aitcho Islands off the Antarctic Peninsula, Hope Bay, Brown Bluff, Enterprise Island and Lemaire Channel, among other key destinations.

In partnership with Ocean Geographic and Dr Earle, the expedition’s master plan is to address the warming climate and loss of ice in the Southern Polar region as a direct threat to the future of human life on our planet.

The expedition will confront the consequences of environmental change and develop creative strategies to radically reduce carbon emissions. Expedition members will help formulate 23 resolutions to inspire transformative changes for global net-zero emission by 2050.

“The stories and images from this game-changing expedition aim to encourage the way people see and understand the Antarctic,” said Aurora Expeditions CEO Monique Ponfoort.

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