Their latest journey took them through the North-West Passage via the Fury & Hecla Strait. The route is a first, opening a shorter seaway from Pacific to Atlantic. It was only possible due to global warming, demonstrating an alarming loss of sea ice in the Arctic.
At the time of this writing, their plans to sail to Haiti has been curtailed because of a Zika virus outbreak in the region. The family will currently remain in the eastern seaboard area around New York educating in area schools and are scheduled to do some much needed maintenance work on Pachamama. This summer, the boat will take course to return to the Arctic. Dario and family will study the impact of climate change on the Inuit, polar bears and belugas. Sea ice allows Inuit and polar bears to travel over the ice to catch seals in their air holes. With the rapid disappearance of the sea ice, the livelihood of the Inuit is already severely endangered.
On a personal level, the family is looking to find a teacher who will volunteer to home-school their children. Please connect with Dario or Sabine if you’re interested in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of sharing education and knowledge to a small, but highly motivated classroom in exchange for unparalleled enrichment, friendship and warmth of social cohesion with the family and the unbelievably welcoming and warm Inuit culture!
Over the years, many scientists, volunteers and even famous personalities have come on board and sailed with the Schwoerers for awhile or for a year. All of them left as friends and ardent supporters. In year ten of their expedition, Pachamama sailed wind-powered to South Africa for the 2011 World Climate Conference in Durban where Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard came on board and joined the family on the sail to the UN Rio20+ conference in Brazil. If you wish to support this families’ single handed commitment and effective work for the betterment of our planet and our children’s future, you can check the Schwoerer’s up-to-date sailing schedule, upcoming activities and blog, or learn how to volunteer on or off board with them, or to donate, go to http://www.toptotop.org .