#DARWIN200 Global Voyage
14 augustus 2023 - 20 juli 2025
DARWIN200 is a planetary conservation initiative, which aims to change the world for the better.
The nineteenth-century voyage of HMS Beagle and the adventures of Charles Darwin have generated some of the richest stories in the history of science, ones filled with excitement and discovery. When the young naturalist boarded the ship in 1831 to sail around the world, neither he nor anyone else could have imagined how significant the experience would prove to be. Darwin’s voyage seeded his theory of evolution by natural selection, which is regarded as one of the most important ideas in the history of human thinking. Yet Darwin would be astonished by the changes to the planet that have taken place over the last two centuries, and by the ongoing threats that are reshaping our world. It is with this in mind that on 14 August 2023, the two-year DARWIN200 Global Voyage will begin aboard the 50-metre long, historic Dutch tall ship Oosterschelde.
Darwin was only 22 years of age when he set sail on the life-changing journey, famously stating that it was by far the most important event in his life; in fact, it would determine the course of his entire career. The aim of the DARWIN200 Global Voyage is to create a similarly transformative experience for 200 of the world’s brightest young environmentalists, who have the potential to become the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and conservation leaders of tomorrow and the catalysts that will change the future of planet Earth for the better. A decade in the making, the DARWIN200 project centres on inspiring a new wave of exceptional environmental leaders by training and empowering some of the world’s top young (from 18 to 25 years of age) conservationists. As “Darwin Leaders”, these young people are being selected based on their accomplishments aimed at making the world a better place. These 200 Darwin Leaders are the inspiration behind the project’s name.