At 12:21 p.m., she joined her friend Susan Tate, a Whitehall Middle School teacher, in the Polar Plunge as part of a fundraising venture for a trip to Antarctica with the 2041 Foundation.
The international expedition, led by Sir Robert Swan, is a “Leadership on the Edge” program, which focuses on sustainability, renewable energy and why it is important to keep Antarctica pristine.
“The year 2041 is a crucial year for Antarctica because, in the year 2041, the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty could potentially be modified or amended,” France said. “Currently, Antarctica is only open to scientific studies. Sir Robert Swan’s goal with doing the expeditions is to help build the next generation of leaders to take responsibility, be sustainable, and know that now is the time for action in policy development, sustainable business generation and future technologies.”
The trip begins in late February 2013. France said she wants to use the skills she learns by doing public speaking at schools, libraries, companies and other public facilities.
“We need to have our children and our grandchildren inherit a planet with cleaner air, soil, and water than what we have now, and help keep Antarctica pristine,” the Spring Lake woman said.
To learn more about the 2041 Foundation, visit 2041.com.
France is also seeking sponsorship funds. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.