The Polar Conservation Organisation (PCO) might be a relatively young legal entity, it however has arisen from over 20 years of passion for the conservation of the Polar Regions.
In the beginning…
After overwintering at the SANAE III station in Antarctica from November 1992 till February 1994, and scientific trips to a few Sub-Antarctic islands, Brendon Grunewald (PCO’s Founder) was regularly invited to speak at schools, clubs, universities etc about the experience of living and working in Antarctica, particularly life through the winter. These speaking engagements expanded to include lectures on a wide variety of topics.
In 1996, Brendon created a website called “70South.com”, after the latitude at which he spent 14 months in Antarctica. Over the following decade, Brendon added hundreds of pages of educational information was added, news was updated several times and the site grew in traffic and popularity. There were even 70South pamphlets and fliers at the South Pole station (Amundsen-Scott), in Ushuaia, McMurdo, and several other places.
Awards won by 70South
Under the 70South banner Brendon travelled extensively lecturing and speaking at any opportunity he got about life in Antarctica, the value of the Polar Regions, Science programs and other topics related to Antarctica and the Polar Regions.
70South was thus a work of passion of one person, without financial reward, without financial backing or compensation. In order to formalise some of that and in order to deal with political organisations, companies and other institutions a legal entity was needed, hence the birth of the Polar Conservation Organisation (PCO).
The Start of the Polar Conservation Organisation (PCO)
The Polar Conservation Organisation (PCO) was formed as part of discussions between Brendon Grunewald and several people at the European Parliament. The advice given being that the Parliament could not deal easily with individual people’s efforts, a legal entity was needed in order for the EU institutions to be able to deal with it appropriately. Hence the Polar Conservation Organisation (PCO) was born.
The Polar Conservation Organisation (PCO) today
The Polar Conservation Organisation (PCO) like any organisation continues to evolve. We encourage you to take a look at the website and contact us directly to find out more.
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