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The Arctic expedition – Mission 1 – was the first of the expeditions, high-profile journeys to environmentally challenged areas of the world.
The first art exhibition, Waste & the Natural World, opened yesterday at the Saatchi Gallery and showcases the work of four young artists who want to highlight concerns about the planet.
'My aunt will use a piece of clingfilm or foil until it falls apart,' de Rothschild says.
'She has the same dishwasher and the same washing machine she has had for 15 years.
As far as we can tell, we are having a detrimental effect on nature through the greenhouse gases that we emit, the pollution that we put in our oceans, the chemicals that we put on our fields.
What annoys me is that we get hooked on the debate, when it should not be about when we'll change but how fast we can educate people to make it happen.'It is safe to say that 'passionate educator' was not top of the list of career choices when de Rothschild was a boy. Attention deficit disorder wasn't a coined phrase,' he says.
You could argue that those old machines are not so energy-efficient, but she won't buy a new one until the old one is beyond repair.
I think we have to readjust to that mentality again.'Those who deny the existence of climate change are, he says, missing the point.
The teachers attend workshops and then through them the whole school has access to the resources of the website.
Conscious that I am walking through north London with a man who spent 100 days last year crossing the Arctic on foot, I stifle the urge to whinge. And he is very good looking, with kind blue-grey eyes, shoulder-length hair and the laidback surfer-dude clothes and demeanour favoured by metropolitan under-thirties, his conversation peppered with 'kind ofs', 'incredibles' and 'really cools'. He talks for an hour, describing how the Arctic was so cold that his eyelids stuck together; how difficult it is to cross the ice, which is not flat but a sea of mountainous frozen waves; the danger from polar bears. 'They look at you and you know they're seeing four steaks on legs and 16 cocktail sausages.' And he asks child-friendly questions: 'The Arctic is a freezer. 'Not using a plastic bag for everything they buy, jumping on public transport.
You would never guess that is he is also very rich, the 28-year-old scion of the famous banking family – the son of Evelyn, cousin of Jacob – and, so it is rumoured, set to inherit a share of £300 million. There are simple things you can do like buying an eco-kettle or having a quick shower, but then it gets complicated.
There are times when I forget, but I try to do my little bit.'He goes off on long diatribes about the state of the planet, backing up his arguments with a formidable battery of statistics – 2.5 billion people around the world live with no energy, 'on a zero-energy diet'; America uses 25 per cent of the world's energy but has only five per cent of the population; 90 per cent of our energy is lost through inefficiency and wastage going from the power station to the lightbulb; 1.3 billion tons of waste are produced around the world each year – and then will interrupt himself mid-rant with an apologetic, 'I'm sorry, I'm on my soapbox now.'De Rothschild describes Adventure Ecology as a 'global learning network', made up of three main pillars – expeditions, the arts and education.
'We are captivating, articulating, educating and reactivating,' he says.