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Learning the Value of Water Through a Visit to the Arctic Circle

Posted By Karen E. Menard, Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Education Division – Consumer Outreach Committee Blog


All Things H2O      December 2019/January 2020 Issue





Learning the Value of Water

Through a Visit to the Arctic Circle


This past June, SouthWest Water Company, headquarters based in Sugar Land, TX, sent Finance Director Rita Carroll and Pflugerville ISD middle school teacher Terri Skinner to study sustainability, leadership development, and to learn how to use energy in more responsible ways. The 12-day journey, ClimateForce: Arctic 2019, encompassed 86 scientists, explorers, government and business leaders, and teachers from around the world on the 12-day trip that includes expeditions in Norway and the Arctic Circle.



This expedition was led by Robert Swan, OBE, a leading environmentalist and renowned Polar explorer. Swan was the first person in history to walk to both the North and South Poles. Swan is the founder of the 2041 Foundation, whose mission is to educate and promote the use of clean energy to preserve Antarctica.



“Educating today’s youth about what’s happening in the Arctic and teaching them how to become better leaders is essential to real change,” Swan said.

The future of the world can be partly tied back to teachers and the role they play in educating youth about what’s happening at this current moment in time and providing students with the skills to solve questions like – how do we maintain our Earth’s natural resources to ensure it continues to be available?

Terri Skinner wrote her own blog post during the expedition and reported her own realization with the movement:

“Robert Swan spoke about his journey to Antarctica and the North Pole and his efforts to spread a message of hope and empowerment to people all across the globe.  He made us realize that we need good news and positive change to inspire others to become part of a global movement to protect the planet and that the time for action is now. As Robert Swan told us today, the Artic is speaking to us, we need to listen,” said Terri Skinner.



The Arctic expedition is an extraordinary opportunity to see the value of water. As water ambassadors, it’s important to be the advocates within organizations that champion for the efforts of sustainable development and educate the general public about the pricelessness of water.

To see the Arctic expedition footage and further discussions of this topic, please click this link here.


About the Author

Raquel Roulin is the Communications Specialist for the Texas branch of SouthWest Water Company, and she is a Young Professional within the Southeast section of the Texas AWWA. She enjoys being able to pursue her passion for communications through educating customers on the value of water.

Connect with her on LinkedIn or Twitter - @raquelfrancoise


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