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.
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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.
Ogooue River Megatransect
In 2020, an international team of explorers, scientists, and storytellers will attempt a first descent of the Ogooué River in Gabon. Led by National Geographic Explorer Joe Cutler, our team will paddle 1,000 kilometers down the Ogooué River, traversing the entire country of Gabon in inflatable rafts. The team will survey biodiversity, ecosystem health and share stories from the river. One of the last remaining wild rivers, the Ogooué is home to endangered manatees, freshwater turtles, crocodiles, hippopotamus and hundreds of fish species – many of which are only found in the Ogooué drainage. Our goal is to explore, survey and document the Ogooué, one of earth’s last wild rivers.
Darwin200 | Round the UK Voyage
This is a pilot voyage, part of a larger expedition setting sail in 2021 to follow the most important expedition for natural history ever, Darwin's voyage on the HMS Beagle. In preparation for the 2021 Darwin200 global voyage, explorer and biologist Stewart McPherson and a crew of young scientists, videographers and more have chartered the tall ship Pelican of London to circumnavigate the UK with specialist environmental scientists onboard to mentor the group of young scientists. These scientists will conduct a programme of observations, experiments, discussions, and problem-solving sessions related to the health of the UK’s surrounding waters.
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