A passage through ice
In the summer 2010 my nephew Edvin Buregren sailed his boat to Canada, a trip covered in his blog. It was the first step in an ambitious attempt to sail the northwest passage, from the north Atlantic to the Pacific north of Canada and Alaska. The primary goal is to raise the awareness of the effect the global warming is having in the polar ice cap. They will attempt a route further north than what has been previously possible, but that may be just open for the first time since before the last ice age, due to the receding ice. They will work together with media and organisation to help raising the awareness on what is going on and the gravity of the situation.
For this some support is needed and they have opened a site where you can contribute a small sum. Starting at $10, you can buy shares in the expedidion and have your photo on the site, the name on the site or on the rubber dingy, join them for a couple of days on the boat and many other things. The money is needed for buying satellite time to update the project blog in real time, to offset CO2 emission for the times where ice conditions forces them to use the engine, to reinforce the boat for ice passages and to get a more efficient radar than the one they used to navigate the ice fields west of Greenland last summer.
Donations are needed since this is not a large-scale scientific expedtition with a substantial budget, but three dedicated guys in a standard sailboat (a Swedish Monsun 31) trying, on a shoestring, to make a difference. Here is their presenatation:
Read more about their planning, preparation and about the 2010 trip from Limhamn to Newfoundland.