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Polar Net Zero – a fascinating live interactive event for young people

The importance of polar research in combating the effects of climate change

We were delighted to join our partners in the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP) in sponsoring and participating in Polar Net Zero, an interactive event held during COP26. The event was designed to challenge a live audience of young schoolchildren, as well as children from across the globe attending the session by livestream, to think about the role they can play in creating a low carbon future.

Sweco’s Special Interest Projects & Advisory Team Manager Stewart Craigie, along with experts from the British Antarctic Survey, BAM and Hugh Broughton Architects talked about the significance of Antarctica in relation to climate change, the importance of polar research and science to combat the effects of climate change, as well as describe what it is like to live and build in Antarctica. This event also focused upon the importance of Antarctic science and the need for us to better understand why the climate is changing there and elsewhere in the world and what we need to do to stop the current trend. It also highlighted the new Discovery Building, which is being delivered as part of the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP) to update and restore infrastructure at Rothera Research Station so that it remains cost effective and safe.

If you missed Stewart Craigie’s fantastic spot at the Polar Net Zero session during #COP26 (or you’d like to share the whole event with colleagues and pupils), here’s the recording in full below – with Stewart starts his fantastic talk at 37m25s.

Find out more about our work on the British Antarctic Survey below, and learn about the modernisation of Rothera facilities buildings & infrastructure.


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