Marc Cornelissen launches IPF activities in the Netherlands

Dutch Polar explorer and environmentalist Marc Cornelissen has offered to roll out the activities of the International Polar Foundation in the Netherlands. As a first step, Keep It Cool, an educational website for primary schools has been launched at the beginning of the International Polar Year. This website will feature content from the IPF's educational website: EducaPoles.

On top of the work he is doing for the IPF and his Polar Explorer activities, Marc is the man behind the Ben & Jerry's climate Change College. Addressing the need for a new generation of change agents, the Ben & Jerry's Climate Change College has been created to empower young people that challenge the way businesses and individuals impact the environment. The project is based on a unique partnership between initiator Marc Cornelissen, Ben & Jerry's, the socially responsible ice cream maker and the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). The Climate Change College is currently in its second year and has already proposed many activities.

During the Arctic Ocean field program Marc Cornelissen joined Victor Boyarsky during a resupply flight to Alain and Dixie during the Arctic Arc expedition.

"Through his mediation Alain has been very supportive in creating the opportunity for the Ben & Jerry's Climate Change College to work on the Arctic Ocean. It was therefore an extra special occasion to meet Alain and Dixie. For me it was a highlight. The guys were in excellent mental and physical condition. Not only is their progress impressive, so are their ever growing records on snow cover and terrain properties. I know what it takes to do these measurements. It is a simple but very demanding task which needs a lot of discipline. Especially when you have taken up the challenge these guys have."