Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing our ancestors’ ancient migration on foot out of Africa and across the globe. His 21,000-mile, multiyear odyssey began in Ethiopia—our evolutionary “Eden”—in January 2013 and will end at the tip of South America. Supported by the National Geographic Society and the Knight Foundation, Paul is engaging with the major stories of our time, from climate change and technological innovation to mass migration and cultural survival. As he traverses the globe at the measured pace of his footsteps, he reveals the texture of the lives of the people he encounters—nomads, villagers, traders, farmers, and fishermen who seldom make the news. When this journey ends, he will have pieced together a global mosaic of stories, faces, sounds, and sights—an unparalleled archive of our shared humanity at the start of a new millennium.
Your classroom can follow along with some of our favourite scientists, explorers, adventurers and conservationists as they embark on exciting journeys across the globe, pushing the limits of research, exploration and endurance.
Click through the slideshow to find out more about these expeditions and watch our newsletters as we’ll be connecting for multiple hangouts with all of them.
Super Cycling Man
Will Hodson is spending the next 5 years cycling across all 7 continents. He's doing it all in super hero costume to raise money for several charities. Over a year in and Will has already cycled across Europe and through much of Asia. We were able to connect for our first hangout in Istanbul, before Will launched into Asia. Since then, he's tackled Georgia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Most recently he crossed China and is now making his way through Cambodia. His goal is to raise £100,000 to support the amazing work done by The World Cancer Research Fund, Parkinson’s UK, World Bicycle Relief and Sustrans. Along the way, aiming to inspire children, adults, in fact everyone he meets along the way to get out on their bikes and have an adventure.