Off to Antarctica in the name of climate change

(From left) Ms Jessica Cheam, Ms Inch Chua and Ms Anthea Ong are joining the expedition., which will include workshops on climate change, energy solutions, sustainability and recycling, and activities such as daily hikes and whale-watching.
(From left) Ms Jessica Cheam, Ms Inch Chua and Ms Anthea Ong are joining the expedition., which will include workshops on climate change, energy solutions, sustainability and recycling, and activities such as daily hikes and whale-watching.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Singaporeans join global team on expedition to raise awareness of issue and its effects on South Pole

Social entrepreneur Anthea Ong gave up her car in 2010 after 20 years of driving to reduce her carbon footprint. In going green, she also became a vegan, avoided using plastic bags and stopped using leather products altogether.

So for the environmentalist, joining an Antarctica expedition to advocate climate change was a dream come true. Today, the 49-year-old will set off from Argentina with two other Singaporeans and about 100 others from around the world to raise awareness about climate change in the icy South Pole.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Off to Antarctica in the name of climate change'. Print Edition | Subscribe