After the conclusion of the 2 degrees expedition, Bernice Notenboom was motivated to take one step further by giving a real, up-front and personal experience to communicate the effects of climate change and encourage industry to move towards carbon neutral solutions and sustainability.
CEOs and top managers from various Dutch industries such as Schiphol Airport, Gasunie, NS, ING Bank, and Rotterdam Harbour (Havenbedrijf) were invited to participate in a four-day sailing trip north of the Arctic Circle around Svalbard to witness the effects of climate warming with their own eyes. The objective was to convince these companies to make concrete plans whilst on board, in order to seek sustainable business solutions and to collectively contribute to achieving the 2 degrees goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Top managers of Dutch businesses accompanied by Bernice (red jacket) and Mark Drinkwater of ESA (far right). (Martin Hartley)
I was invited, on behalf of ESA, to accompany Bernice and the top managers on the trip on the sailing vessel Rembrandt van Rijn to give lectures on the effects of Arctic climate change. In addition I supported a visit to the KSAT satellite receiving station to understand the role of ESA satellites and the ...