Great flags designed by school children for Antarctica Day 2015!

IPF President Alain Hubert displaying the flags at Novo station

IPF President Alain Hubert displaying the flags at Novo station

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Antarctica Day on December 1st was celebrated by people around the world to recognize the peaceful protection of Antarctica as an international space. More than 50 countries work together to protect the Antarctic environment and share their scientific research using a peaceful agreement called the Antarctic Treaty System.

Schools were invited by the International Polar Foundation to design flags for Antarctica and teachers sent a selection of flags which had been made by their students. The IPF received a total of 38 wonderful flags from schools in the United Kingdom, the United States and South Africa. Children from France and Slovakia who had learned about the project from Professor Sneeze also participated in the initiative.

The flags were sent to Antarctica where they were photographed at Novolazarevskaya station located at 70°46'S, 11°50'E, Dronning Maud Land, in East Antarctica. Two photographs of the flags in Antarctica and a signed certificate were sent to the participating schools and children.

Year 4 pupils at Darley Dale Primary School in the United Kingdom greatly enjoyed Antarctica Day as they participated in a workshop with Executive Secretary for IPF UK, Dr. Liz Pasteur. During the workshop, they dressed up in polar clothing and learned a lot about Antarctica as well as sea level rise and ocean acidification by doing science experiments.

This activity is organized in collaboration with Our Spaces and the UK Polar Network.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making Antarctica Day a wonderful experience for all the participants!

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