The “first-of-its-kind scientific research mission” that starts in December, will allow“five individuals to travel to Earth’s most remote continent and join Antarctic Scientist Kirstie Jones-Williams” in the mission.Airbnb and Ocean Conservancy announced the Antarctic Sabbatical, an unprecedented opportunity for five passionate individuals to travel to Earth’s most remote continent and join Antarctic Scientist Kirstie Jones-Williams on a first-of-its-kind scientific research mission in December.
Volunteer citizen scientists will be given a chance to collect snow samples and study the extent to which microplastics have made their way to the interior of Antarctica.
The goal of the mission is bring more awareness on how humans are impacting the climate in one of the most isolated ecosystems.
Airbnb officials said that by understanding the impact of plastic pollution generated elsewhere in the world, the citizen scientists will deliver insights on how the global community can help protect both Antarctica and the planet.
On the month-long expedition, the citizen scientists will:
- Attend an immersion training in Punta Arenas, Chile. Fly to Antarctica to begin their scientific mission.
- Collect snow samples from the interior of Antarctica and study them for foreign microfibers to determine how far waste and pollution has travelled across the world.
- Visit the South Pole, get the chance to explore the beauty of Antarctic sites.
- Post that, they will return to Chile where they will continue to study their findings and work with Ocean Conservancy to become ambassadors for protecting the oceans.
In this advocacy role, they will deliver insights on how the Airbnb community and others can help minimise their collective plastic footprint to support Ocean Conservancy’s mission.
Last date to apply to the mission is 8 October 2019.