Bernice Notenboom is climate journalist, science writer, keynote speaker and professional adventurer. In 2008 she became the first woman to reach the North, South, and Cold Pole (in Siberia) and traversing Greenland’s icecap on skis in one year. In 2009 she reached the top of the Mount Everest. Leaving the Netherlands in her mid twenties for a fast-groomed career track of a MBA, Wall Street and Microsoft, she quit her job and moves to rural Utah and starts the rafting company Moki Treks.
After Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler nominated her for best environmental practices, Notenboom sold her business and plunges into a career of a professional adventurer. She leads a life of extremes, fast paced, spanning over 70 countries and numerous indigenous cultures. She skies, climbs, kayaks and ride camels and horses on all continents but nothing prepared her for the experiences in the Arctic and Antarctic. On assignment for National Geographic Traveler she discovers the fragility of the arctic sea ice. Over the next five years, Bernice sets out to report about the changing climate of extreme environments. She skis in the Arctic and Antarctic, climbs in the Himalaya and kayaks a river in the Sahara. Her films Himalaya Alert about her climb on Mount Everest and the threat of the Asian Brown Cloud and The Niger; a river under siege about monsoonal changes affecting tribes in the Sahara, aired on public broadcast channels in Europe and Canada and toured in film festivals around the globe. Himalaya Alert won best environmental film at the Trento Film Festival in Italy and in Graz, Austria. Her book Poles Apart was nominated for the Dutch literature award and is translated in German and Swedish.
Notenboom was part of the official Dutch delegation to the climate conference in Copenhagen. She gives sustainability seminars, consult green strategies with corporations, speaks at TEDx conferences and writes for National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic (Dutch edition) Outside Magazine, Volkskrant and the Financial Times among other publications. She is also a radio correspondent for NPR’s Savvy Traveler and Living on Earth.
Currently, Bernice is the presenter/co-producer of Tipping Points, a 6 x 1 hour series about tipping points in our climate system for The Weather Channel in the United States, and broadcasters in Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan and Holland. Bernice spends her time between Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Fernie in Canada.