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Screening of "The Pursuit of Endurance" at the Embassy

Screening of "The Pursuit of Endurance" at the Embassy

Published on February 16, 2016
On February 22, the Embassy of France in Washington hosted a screening of The Pursuit of Endurance, a film documenting the journey of a group of adventurers seeking to follows in the footsteps of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton.

In the heart of the Antarctic, these nine adventurers—brought together by a passion for adventure and testing their limits—lived an extraordinary story, .

Their goal was to follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest legends of the golden age of polar exploration: Ernest Shackleton.

In 1914, after the sinking of his ship The Endurance, Shackleton saved his entire crew from certain death. 100 years later this expedition set out to explore the sub-Antarctic islands of Elephant, South Georgia and the South Sandwich by boat, ski and pulka.

On board the Australis were an expedition leader, a veteran explorer, a former officer, a skipper, a polar guide, a scientist, two young soldiers and an athlete snowboarder. Their expedition reminded viewers of the fragility of this highly endangered ecosystem, and the need to improve their understanding of these remote expanses.

After the screening of this documentary, entrepreneur and environmental advocate Luc Hardy took part in a panel about his film along with Paul Walker, director of Environmental Security and Sustainability at Green Cross International and David Porter, an atmospheric and oceanographic research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - Columbia University.

Watch a discussion about South Pole exploration and climate change with Hardy and Porter

Speakers Biographies

Luc Hardy is an entrepreneur, veteran adventurer, environmental advocate, author, member of the Explorers Club of New York. He is the President of Sagax, a US-based investment and management advisory firm. Luc Hardy pursues a personal goal of traveling extensively across the globe, photographing and reporting from remote places in order to raise awareness for global causes. Luc is also Vice-President of Green Cross France & Territories, the environmental NGO founded by Mikhail Gorbachev. Over the years, Luc Hardy has led several expeditions in polar and glacier regions (Greenland, Himalayas, North Pole…).

Paul Walker is Director of Green Cross International’s Environmental Security and Sustainability program, Paul has helped lead the programme since its inception in the mid-1990s with colleagues from Russia and Switzerland. He is also manager of the Washington DC office for GCI and its US national affiliate, Global Green USA.

David Porter originally started out studying the weather as a meteorologist, but his love of field work and his evolving interests led him to the study of ocean-atmosphere interactions for his PhD and then to his current research on ice-ocean interactions. David’s experience across different fields gives him an edge in combining observations, data, and mathematical system models together.

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