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HPE Greenland Expedition Team

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In March 2020, a self-funded team of 10 women coming together under the banner of ‘HER Planet Earth’ - a non-profit organisation headquartered in Singapore dedicated to gender equality and environmental conservation - will attempt the winter crossing of Greenland's Arctic Circle Trail on fatbikes. This is a feat that has never been accomplished by an all-female team before. The objective of this 11-day, 200km pioneering expedition is to raise awareness and funds (a team total of S$50,000) for underprivileged women affected by climate change in the Asia region.   

In the past decade, climate related disasters have led to the loss of 700 thousand lives, 1.7 billion people affected and economic losses of USD 1.4 trillion. These effects disproportionately affect women and girls: multiple discriminations mean that women are more vulnerable in crises and post disasters situations. In view of this, the team wants to raise funds for UN Women UK, and their programmes supporting the economic empowerment of women in rural areas of Asia, more specifically, in countries most affected by climate change, such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and Nepal. 

Why Greenland?

Recent HER Planet Earth expeditions have taken all-female teams to remote islands in the Philippines, to new peaks in Antarctica, to the largest caves in the world in Vietnam and to mountains in Iceland and North Kenya. For this next challenge, the team has chosen Greenland, the world’s largest island and an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, because of growing concerns related to global warming and rising sea levels. 

The glaciers of Greenland are contributing to a rise in the global sea level faster than was previously believed and the women wants to see for themselves the extent of the ice melt, while also meeting with climate scientists and local Inuit people to better understand the gravity of the situation. The big concern for the future is if the giant ice sheets in Greenland continue to melt, this would raise global sea levels by as much as 7m. While all coastal cities will be affected by rising sea levels, Asian cities will be hit much harder than others given their population, economic activity and landmass. Many of the processes that control sea-level rise are amplified in Asia. As a result, about four out of every five people impacted by sea-level rise by 2050 will live in East or South-east Asia.    

The team’s Journey

The expedition will start in Copenhagen with an expedition briefing. The team will then fly to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. With snowmobile support to transfer bags, the team will then spend six days pedalling from the Russell Glacier to the coast through a variety of terrain including steep hills, rocky outcrops and vast frozen plains and lakes. The daily temperatures are expected to be between -10 and -30 degrees Celsius and on their journey, the women may also encounter polar bears, reindeer, arctic foxes, musk oxen and arctic wolves.  Starting with the 60km “pinnacle” leg, the women will progress slowly on the frozen fjord before the track becomes slightly hilly. The subsequent legs at 23 to 37km (per day) are relatively short, but can be quite tough when there is fresh snow.

HER Planet Earth’s objective is to inspire people to leave their comfort zones, families and homes for a certain period of time, while pushing their limits in an effort to rally support for a worthy cause. At the core of our culture is a commitment to empower underprivileged women, a passion for adventure and a deep respect and love of nature. HER Planet Earth seeks to take participants on pioneering expeditions around the world, so that they can make new discoveries, flourish as individuals, but most importantly, contribute to society. By travelling in such challenging conditions, the team hopes to bring international attention to the need for societies, governments and corporations to get involved and help support climate action and women empowerment.

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Raised: 86%
 

Team target: $50,000.00

Raised so far: $43,152.54

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Fanny de Premorel

Fanny's Her Planet Earth expedition - Greenland 2020

43 donations

94%

$4,725.76

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Fleur-Eve LE FOLL

Fleur-Eve's Fat Bike Expedition in Greenland - March 2020

7 donations

170%

€5,620.34

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HER Planet Earth Admin

HER Planet Earth's HPE Greenland Expedition 2020

3 donations

136%

$683.29

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Judith von Prockl

Judith's Her Planet Earth Greenland Expedition March 2020

14 donations

44%

$2,237.68

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Katrine Olsen

Katrine's HER Planet Earth Expedition - Greenland 2020

21 donations

89%

HK$8,968.82

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Loreto Rincon

Loreto's Greenland Expedition 2020

33 donations

69%

$3,467.52

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Patricia Jones

Cycling the Arctic

2 donations

112%

$3,363.83

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Sandra Lim

Sandra's Greenland Cycle

56 donations

113%

$5,693.89

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Sharlyn Stafford

Sharlyn's Her Planet Earth Greenland Expedition March 2020

32 donations

110%

$5,509.97

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Victoria Great

Victoria's Greenland Expedition 2020

36 donations

120%

$6,043.58

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