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Sebastian Copeland
Explorer & Founder / CEO at SEDNA Foundation


Sebastian Copeland is a photographer, explorer, and environmental advocate. He has also produced documentary films chronicling his North Pole and Greenland crossings.

Copeland has led expeditions across the Arctic sea, Greenland and Antarctica, and has reached both poles on foot—North and South. With over 8,000 kilometers under his skis, Copeland holds various records and polar “firsts” across the polar region. In 2017, Copeland was named one of 25 of the world’s top adventurers of the last 25 years.  
An international speaker on the climate crisis for more than a decade, Copeland has addressed audiences at the UN, at universities and museums worldwide, and many fortune 500 companies warning of the systemic transformations taking place in the polar regions from anthropogenic activities, and their geopolitical consequences. Copeland is a Fellow of the Explorers Club. He sits on the board of directors of President Gorbachev’s Global Green USA.

In 2010, Sebastian Copeland launched the SEDNA Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission of educating and empowering individuals, lobbies, and members of media and government on the urgency of global climate change and its damaging effects to our planet’s fragile Polar Regions.

Sebastian’s expeditions to Greenland, Antarctica and the North Pole have served as a significant source of inspiration for taking his role as environmental advocate one step further.  SEDNA embodies Sebastian’s passion and commitment to protecting these fragile expanses of ice and wildlife, the future of which is in critical condition.

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