PANGAEA Expedition To Establish Sustainability Awareness
The four year PANGAEA environmental sustainability expedition was kicked-off in Monaco last Saturday (May 17, 2008) with the baptism of the PANGAEA polar expedition sailing boat. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco was present to give his support to the expedition and its leader Mike Horn. The PANGAEA sailing yacht was baptized by Mrs. Gaynor Rupert at the ceremony last Saturday. The PANGAEA Expedition's main sponsor and exclusive partner is Mercedes-Benz, and the Expedition's mission is to promote sustainability and conservation of the environment to the world's youth at each destination it travels to over the next four years.
The Greek word PANGAEA means "all-Earth" and this is an appropriate name for the Expedition as it will travel to all continents, including the North Pole and Antarctica. There will be 144 youth at the various stages accompanying Mike Horn as he travels to the different world destinations and they will assist in the establishment of environmental sustainability projects using state-of-the-art technology. Mercedes-Benz will provide logistical support at each of the ports of call and also supply the Expedition with low emissions vehicles.
Mike Horn is a South African-born adventurer and starting in 1997 with his 7000 km expedition along the full length of the Amazon river, and then in 1999 an 18 month solo journey around the equator without motor transport, he has established a long successful resume of completed endurance records. In 2004, he solo circumnavigated the Arctic using just a kayak, a bicycle, and a ski kite. In 2006 along with Norwegian Arctic explorer Borge Ousland, the two skied the North Pole during the permanent darkness of the Arctic months.