IUM students from the sustainable development class of Prof. Bakardzhieva attended a presentation on Mike Horn’s “Pangaea” project – a four-year global sailing odyssey to inspire young people to clean-up and protect the planet. The conference organized by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation at the Novotel Hotel was one of the events celebrating the end of the expedition as Mike Horn sailed his ship into Monaco harbor on December 13.
The conference was delivered by thirty of the more than one hundred young adults aged 15 to 20 from every continent that had joined the South-African explorer on various sections of his journey where they learned about the flora and fauna, discovered the importance of nature and its elements and were encouraged to understand the importance of environmental issues.
IUM students were impressed with their peers’ passion about the environment and their physical and mental strength. They were also inspired by the ACT projects those young adventurers are now starting around the world in order to give back to their local communities and ignite in others the same sparks Mike Horn ignited in them.
Says Horn: “I want the future generations to find solutions and ultimately enhance a respectful balance between nature and mankind. During the past four years, we have shed light on environmental problems we face today. By working together with hard work, ingenuity, drive and courage, we can complement each other and find new energy of hope and ambition. Together we can tap the world’s most powerful energy source – the younger generation.”
The Pangaea Expedition has been the biggest environmental project in the world to date. The base for the expedition was the 35 meter yacht Pangaea, which has been designed to incorporate sustainable technologies. The vessel, which can sleep 30 and features state of the art communication and conference facilities, is used for environmental research and educational projects at its various ports of call around the world.
The Pangaea Expedition began on October 9, 2008 when Mike Horn set sail from Punta Arenas in Chile on the first stage of his epic journey to Antarctica, where Horn trekked to the South Pole in the company of two young explorers and HSH Prince Albert II. Then his route took him through Australasia, China, Russia, to the Magnetic North Pole, across Canada, North and South America, Namibia, South Africa, UAE and finally Monaco.