Dominic Hilton, Head of Online Communications, Geo Mission
So my name is Dominic Hilton. My job role is Head of Online Communications, and the organisation I work for is Geo Mission. I've always been, for as long as I can remember been interested in the environment, but I think when I can remember becoming all of a sudden more aware of the environment was when I won the French prize at school, aged about 11 or 12, and was presented with a glossy photography book of the natural world, and more importantly how man’s impact was threatening these ecosystems.
And then I think more specifically became interested in certainly the more extreme environments or fragile environments when I read Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ epic account of his crossing of Antarctica with Dr Mike Stroud, and that really triggered something in my head, not only on the adventure side of things but I think also the fragility of some of the ecosystems that we live in. And I guess finding an organisation like Geo Mission allows me to indulge both my passion for the environment, but also my passion for all things adventure.
Over the next five years, Geo Mission will be expanding its areas of research, keeping a presence in the Arctic but expanding its climate change research projects into different ecosystems of the world, whether that’s the rainforests, the oceans at large, the tundra or the deserts, and again looking at using explorers who can go above and beyond what scientists can do and look at exploring extreme environments and retrieving data that traditionally scientists haven’t been able to do.
I think with regards to the future, and whether I'm an optimist or a pessimist, definitely an optimist for two reasons. The first is that the generation that’s coming through now is much more aware of the environmental impact that man has on the planet, but I think more importantly than that, what Geo Mission is trying to pioneer is the fact that big business, who traditionally have been the bad guys when it comes to the environment, now have an extremely positive role to play where they can fill this gap of scientific research, plug the gap and play an extremely important role in the future.