Polar explorer, guide & entrepreneur who founded the International Polar Foundation
My idea that matters… Stability in a changing world cannot be guaranteed, but a smooth transition can be assured. This can by done firstly by informing people about what lies ahead and the need to modify their lifestyles, and secondly through empowering individuals to take necessary actions by providing them with the means to do so.
Climate change is a global problem, and to address it we need cooperation – not only between countries, but within countries, between governments and the private sector, between different industrial sectors, between industry and academia, and between industry and the general public. To innovate towards a new future, we have to forge unlikely alliances aimed at delivering new investments, new technologies, and new processes.
Instead of seeking stability, the aim should be to seek change, innovation and new economic choices to drive a new period of economic development. Change and uncertainty will always be in the cards. We must be able to think in terms of continuous evolution instead of maintaining a status quo, which serves no-one in the long run.
I accepted the invitation to speak at the Stagiaires’ Ideas that Matter #2 event, because… It’s an initiative at the European level organised by the next generation of people taking action for a better future society.
Note… Alain Hubert is a civil engineer, certified mountain guide (UIAGM), entrepreneur, and public speaker. He has taken part in several mountaineering and polar expeditions from 1983 to the present, including many as a guide. He has undertaken many polar treks since 1990; more than 15 expeditions in the Himalayas between 1983 and 1999; an autonomous expedition to the Geographic North Pole in 1994; a world-record autonomous crossing of the Antarctic continent (4,000 km) in 99 days in 1997-98 using power kites; and the Arctic Arc Expedition in 2007, the first ever crossing from Siberia to Greenland via the North Pole. He is also the initiating Chief Director and Engineer for the on-site construction of the Princess Elisabeth station, the first “zero emission” research station in Antarctica built by the IPF with the help of its partners during the International Polar Year 2007-2009.
In 2002, Alain Hubert founded the International Polar Foundation (IPF) with the purpose of raising awareness about the importance of polar science and climate change. The IPF also promotes innovative and multifaceted responses to the complex challenges raised by the need for action on sustainable development. The IPF will set up the Polaris Climate Change Observatory (PCCO) in several locations around the world (www.polarfoundation.org). Active on a scientific and educational front, Alain Hubert continues to give speeches worldwide and ventures out on polar expeditions. He is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and was awarded the Georges Lemaître International Prize in 2003 and the first ever Climate Change Prize by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation in 2008.
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