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Ann Bancroft to keynote White House Arctic Science Ministerial

Polar explorer and educator, Ann Bancroft chosen as keynote speaker at the White House Arctic Science Ministerial in Washington D.C. next week.   “Having witnessed first hand the changes since my first dogsled expedition in 1986 to the present, I am very honored to be invited to keynote the first ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial […]

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Ann Bancroft Interviewed on Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys

Hear Rudy Maxa’s interview with Ann Bancroft – currently in rotation on TuneIn radio (online on You can also catch the interview on Rudy Max’a 8/20/2016 podcast episode of Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys .

Access Water Expedition Continues

We’re busy planning leg two of the Access Water Expedition series, with plans to take it down the Mississippi River. Our goal with this expedition series is to lead a conversation with millions of youth that will raise awareness and inspire the future leaders of the world to work towards a safe and abundant world, starting […]

Day 50 of Access Water Ganges

Today is Day 50. This day is our last in the boats, so we celebrated with our support crew last night. Marcia and Krushnaa danced while Liv used her torch to light up the stage. There was music and all joined in, mixing cultures. It was like an amphitheater. We performed a skit, passed out […]

Reaching Our Last Camp

Sultanganj and Student Artwork

Day 42: On this day we were in Sultanganj. Here is a photo of us outside a mosque. As with most mosques, they do not let women inside, so we had to snap a photo outside!                           Also, check out this amazing artwork. […]

Ann’s KARE Interview, Patna River Show, and Thoughts on Protecting the Ganges

We Need Your Help

As you know from following our journey, we are in the middle of our expedition on the Ganges. We have already seen a lot and have a ways to go to do what we have set out to do. But we still need your help funding this trip. We need to be here. Leading this […]

Adventures in Bihar

We continue our journey in Bihar, experiencing some foggy and misty weather. We are seeing a lot of river dolphins, which are very common in the river Ganga. These dolphins are extremely unique, as they are the only aquatic mammals that have developed strong enough sonar senses that they can find and capture food by […]

Wildlife Along The Ganges

Education Challenge: Varanasi

Education Challenge: Varanasi This week’s education challenge will focus on topics in the city of Varanasi. Click here for a full PDF of all the challenges and stay tuned every Monday for each week’s education challenge! Subject: Access to clean water, cleansing the water, decomposition processes Challenge: What are the threats to the drinking water in Varansi? […]

A Weekend Recap

Back on the River

Kanpur Weekend Recap

Awaiting the Kanpur River Show!

Kanpur River Show The team is very excited for the TERI-BAE River Show in Kanpur, the second of our Access Water Expedition! The Ganges holds a high level of economic and cultural value to Kanpur’s residents. It reminds us of water’s importance and our mission to make clean water universal. To learn more about how […]

Education Challenge: Kanpur

This week’s education challenge will focus on topics in the city of Kanpur. Challenge: Where is your T-shirt made? How is it made? What is it made of? Where does it go when you don’t want to use it anymore? Are there other alternatives? How can you influence (production, consumption, etc)   Teaching resources:   […]

Safe water made possible by

Feature Friday: “It’s about more than water” For 25 years, has challenged the traditional approach to assisting people in developing countries and paved the way for developing solutions for the water crisis. Their vision is “the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water.” Fast facts: Globally, women and children […]

Our Weekend Raft Trip

This past weekend we had the chance to do some rafting down the Ganga river. Here is a recap of our journey in photos! The River Ganga Jiaojiao (Cindy) posing for a pic on the river Taking a lunch break The team rafting Our team in the Northern part of the Ganges where the River […]

Our Trek to the Gangotri Glacier

“To have a moment to touch the waters of the Ganga, after all this time, is like dipping your hands in pure sunshine ” – Lisa te Heuheu Earlier last week we made our trek to the Gangotri Glacier. We started in a little mountain town, which we arrived at after hours of driving up […]

Education Challenge: Rishikesh

This week’s education challenge will focus on the city of Rishikesh. Challenge: Beagle: Explore local trees and be part of European scientific research project discovering our impacts on the planet. Extreme weather: The students are challenged to talk about measures that have been made in their own local community to prevent natural disasters. Have the students […]

City Background: Rishikesh

We are now in Rishikesh which is located in part of the Indian state Uttarakhand. At this point the Ganges emerges from the mountains and enters the Gangetic Plains. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, Rishikesh is known as The Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and Yoga Capital of the World. […]

Article in the Economic Times

One of our partners, TERI – The Energy and Resources Institute, shared this on their Facebook page today. Thanks for sharing! We are happy to have you as a partner on this journey. “Starting today 8 women explorers will hike along the Ganges from Gangotri on an over 2400 kms 55-day expedition to initiate conversation and […]

A Refreshing Dip in the Ganges

We were thrilled to have arrived at the Ganges at Rishikesh near Bulls Landing. We enjoyed taking a refreshing dip in its crystal waters, and will be rafting this portion of the river. Today we are in Uttarkashi and traveling towards Gangotri. Keep checking back for more updates on our journey down the Ganges!    

Day One: First View of the Ganga (Ganges) River on the Road to Rishikesh

Arrival in Dehli and Press Conference

The team arrived and gathered in Dehli on Friday! We are so pleased to be together after so many challenges. We met at the Norwegian Embassy for our press conference. Featured above is our team with our sponsor Google India and our support team Mercury Himalayan Explorations. Tomorrow our expedition begins! Follow our journey here […]

Education Challenge: Drinking Water, Clean Water

As the Access Water team journeys down the Ganges, we’ll be doing weekly posts with educational topics related to their journey that can be done with students in the classroom. The first topic is Drinking Water and Clean Water. Here are the questions:   How many people on earth lack access to clean drinking water? […]

Kim Smith

Expeditioner Highlight: Kim Smith

Bio: At only 30 years old, Kim Smith is embarking on the Access Water Expedition with a variety of experiences under her belt. Her resume includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences, a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Industrial Psychology and she is currently pursuing her masters in Developmental Studies. Kim was born […]

Photo of and Indian citizen in water

The Story of Water in India

Water is a pressing topic in India which is one reason we’ve chosen to start our journey on the Ganges. Check out the infographic below to learn more about the story of water in India and what the Columbia Water Center is doing to address this topic. The Columbia Water Center is committed to understanding […]

Olfat Haider

Expeditioner Highlight: Olfat Haider

Bio: Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, Olfat Haider spent many years managing the tensions involved in her Arab identity. She faced discrimination from both the Jewish and Arab populations growing up, and played on the Israeli National Women’s team as its only Arab member. These experiences inspired Olfat to promote peaceful co-existence between Jewish […]

Women in India

Learn More About India

Curious to learn a bit more about India? Here are a few fun facts about one of the world’s largest countries. India was derived from the River Indus In ancient times, “India” initially referred to those regions immediately along the east banks of the River Indus. By 300 BC, Greek writers began applying the term […]

What You Can Do to Conserve Water

Rivers are commonly associated with recreational activities such as kayaking or swimming, sacred rituals such as baptisms or generating energy and electricity. But did you know that there is much more to rivers than the things you physically do in or around them? National Geographic outlines the importance of rivers and calls them “the veins of […]

Town along the ganges river bank

Ganges Background

The Ganges river, also referred to as the Ganga, is known as the sacred river of India. Starting in the Himalayan mountain range, the Ganges stretches 2,700 km through northern India and Bangladesh before reaching the Bay of Bengal. Source: Britannica Kids The Ganges is described is sacred texts as the ‘best of rivers, born […]

World map with water on white backdrop

Do you know your fresh water facts? The importance of fresh water

Are you an expert on water or could you stand to learn more? For instance, how much of Earth’s water is fresh? How much fresh water do clouds hold? How many people in India have been displaced by large-scale dams? Check out National Geographic’s “Freshwater 101” quiz to test your smarts (and to learn how […]

Access Water Teaser Video

A first look at the Bancroft Arnesen Access Water Expedition team.

Five days until kickoff!

In just five days, our team will be in India ready to kick off our Access Water expedition! We have been planning for a long time and are eager to get started. Meet our team and learn more about why we are headed to the Ganges.