...but not carbon footprints.
Land Rover is aiming to help UK schoolchildren children learn about water conservation with an expedition to the Jordanian desert
The 2017 Land Rover Bursary, administered by the Royal Geographical Society, will take students across the desert in specially prepared Discoveries for the ‘Water Diaries’ expedition to investigate how the population manages its most precious resource – water.
Geography teacher Fearghal O’Nuallain is leading a three-person team on a month-long journey and Year 11 pupils from St Peter’s Catholic School, Solihull will follow O’Nuallain’s trip via regular online broadcasts to support their geography studies.
'The Discovery is going to be critical to the success of our trip,' said O’Nuallain. 'It will take us across the vast sand dunes and rocky terrain of Jordan while carrying everything we need. Beyond simple transport, the specially enhanced SUV will also be our accommodation, laboratory, classroom and broadcast studio for four weeks.' Field scientist Dr Shane McGuinness and documentary filmmaker Temujin Doran will also travel in the Discovery, which has been specially prepared by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division.
The car will be fitted with a roof rack to help carry the team’s kit and a pair of awnings, that will provide shelter from the elements for the regular broadcasts. The car will also be equipped with off-road lighting, a split battery charging system, and power inverter. Additional fuel and water supplies will also be carried
Mark Cameron from Jaguar Land Rover said: 'The Land Rover Discovery is one of the most capable SUVs in the world, so our enhancements were focused on the specific requirements of the expedition. Adding extra storage capacity, both physical and electrical, plus some much-needed shelter, will ensure the team can live, work and broadcast in relative comfort despite their unforgiving surroundings.'