Tim Jarvis-The Pragmatically Optimistic Explorer Extraordinaire
When the granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton calls and asks you to recreate "the greatest survival story of all time" many people might think twice, but environmentalist and explorer Tim Jarvis knew it was a phone call he couldn’t say ‘no’ to.
In this episode of My Home Planet, Tim chats about this epic voyage, navigating his way out of the Malaysian jungle as a child, the perils of self dentistry in -35 degree cold and the ways to weave environmentalism into conversations around leadership.
There is excitement in his voice as he discusses at the prospect of heading back down to Antartica later this year with one of the worlds greatest mountaineers Conrad Anker, and setting up his 25 Zero initiative. He also ponders what Shackleton would make of Antarctica now and why he is pragmatically optimistic about the future of our planet.
Tim Jarvis AM is the senior associate of sustainability at ARUP. He has Masters in Environmental Science and Environmental Law and is the Australian global ambassador for the WWF. He received the Order of Australia in 2010 for his service to conservation and the environment and is considered one of the most important explorers on the planet today.
He has authored three books about his most epic voyages: Chasing Shackleton: Re-creating the World's Greatest Journey of Survival, Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica and The unforgiving minute: one man's journey to the edge of the world and to the centre of his soul.