ICELAND: The Land of Fire and Ice
Gender Equality, Progressive Environmentalism and Sustainability
DATES: Friday, November 16 - Thursday, November 22, 2018
LEAD TRIP CHAPERONE: Donna M. Daigle - firstname.lastname@example.org
Historians tell us that Iceland was originally founded by a man named Floki of the Ravens; we never hear about Aud the Deep-Minded. A Hebridean Viking, Aud had a boat built in secret and convinced over twenty of her friends and family members to sail with her to Iceland for a new life. Iceland’s near equal gender parity comes from her long history of independent women starting with Aud, her followers and their subsequent generations. Over 1200 years later, Iceland holds the prestigious rank as number one on the Gender Gap Index (GGI) according to the World Economic Forum and has for the past eight years.
Iceland’s unique geologic features add to its stark beauty and provides 90% of the people of Iceland with geothermal energy to heat their homes and perform other services. Iceland is the only country in the world that produces 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. In 2002, Iceland adopted a comprehensive national strategy for sustainable development which has stimulated several environmental policy initiatives in response to climate change and in support of nature conservancy and waste management. Iceland also has a long tradition of democracy pertaining to environmental policies and decision making. Their commitment to public participation in the democratic process was strengthened through the ratification of the Aarhus Convention
, which promotes awareness through access to important environmental informatics/metrics and judiciary policies.
The Raw Beauty of Iceland
Glaciers, rivers and lakes account for 13% of Iceland’s surface area, resulting in abundant freshwater supplies. Less than 1% of the land area is artificially built. National parks and reserves have been expanded: about 20% of the land area is under some form of nature protection, among the highest shares in the OECD.
Please reference the Itinerary below for details as to how we will explore the history, natural wonders and sustainable practices of Iceland.