In all my years of developing people to serve a purpose be it military, emergency services or sports teams, I’ve never been quite so proud of our Global Warrior developmental plan.
No matter which extreme environment you choose you will be trained in every aspect which makes you relatively safe and able to work and travel in such environments.
We train you for the what-ifs. What if you strain your leg and are unable to continue; what if you start suffering from hypothermia or sunstroke; what if you are unable to continue your journey; what if you become unwell; what if we encounter a dangerous animal such as a polar bear or poisonous snake; what if you lose a vital piece of equipment; what if the risks become too difficult to manage in the way you set out to?
Whether you are a scientist or ordinary member of the crew, you will develop to cope with all these potential problems - the skillset you get during the process is second to none and prepares you hugely for life itself.
Arguably exploration and discovery are more important now than they ever have been, even in the “heroic” or golden” era. We are not discovering new lands or drafting new maps but we are discovering and documenting change. And the more comprehensively and in real time we can do this, the more we can understand the situation and act intelligently to help humanity to survive.
This is about the crucial work we do in scientifically gathering indisputable data which tells us how that environment is faring.
For over twenty years we have been gathering data in the polar regions. Now we are expanding into the oceans and after that the deserts, mountains and jungles, each of which are the accepted indicators of change before the other regions.
It is a crucial part of our remit to tell the stories which evolve in the very best ways possible. Each and every one involved is charged with telling their own story of their involvement. Why they are there, what motivates them to be involved, how they are feeling, what are they discovering about themselves and what they are experiencing; the good parts, the bad parts – peaks and troughs – warts an’- all. These are the modern-day tales of human endeavour in the extremes.
Some people are under the impression that it is easier these days with new materials and clothing but in my experience the weather systems are so disturbed that much more needs to be taken into consideration.
For example, when I kitted out a BBC Natural History Unit to film Arctic Wolves for four months on Ellesmere, I had to take all the down gear and all the waterproofs and we experienced temperatures from -21 degrees Celsius to + 28 all in the same timeframe. It’s just so unpredictable, as we are beginning to see in our own back gardens!
Before, during and after each expedition we will engage with as wider audience as we can in the most productive, informative, educative and entertaining ways.
Our crews, teams, squads, talk to schools, small business forums, large corporations, village communities, youth organisations and the general public. They are all ambassadors for what we do and all help to deliver our story and what we are finding, scientifically.