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David Mayer de Rothschild (born 25 August 1978) is a Britishmarker adventurer, environmentalist and head of Adventure Ecology, an expedition group raising awareness about climate change. He is the youngest of three children of Victoria Schott (born 1949) and Sir Evelyn de Rothschild (b. 1931) of the Rothschild banking family of England. His middle name "Mayer" is taken from the name of the founder of the Rothschild family banking empire, Mayer Amschel Rothschild.

Early life

David de Rothschild was born in 1978 in London, Englandmarker. After leaving school he attended Oxford Brookesmarker receiving a B.Sc (Hons) in Political Science and Information Systems, followed later with an advanced Diploma in Natural Medicine from the College of Naturopathic Medicine, London.David was an accomplished equestrian, who at fourteen, joined the British Junior Eventing team

After his studies, David worked in music merchandising, and in 2001, bought an organic farm near Akaroa on the Banks Peninsular in New Zealand, which still produces beef, sheep, herbs, nuts, and honey.

Adventure Ecology

In 2005, David de Rothschild founded Adventure Ecology, an environmental organisation intended to raise awareness of issues of environmental concern.

His commitment to the environment has sent him on adventures to some of the world's most remote and fragile regions. In 2006, de Rothschild spent over 100 days crossing the Arctic from Russiamarker to Canadamarker, which saw him become one of only 42 people, and the youngest British person, to ever reach both geographical poles. Prior to his 2006 "Top of the World Expedition", he had already become one of only 14 people ever to traverse the continent of Antarcticamarker, and was part of a team that broke the world record for the fastest ever crossing of the Greenlandmarker ice cap.

As part of Adventure Ecology’s ARTiculate series, de Rothschild led a field trip expedition to Ecuadormarker in 2007 along with a group that included a high profile artist, photographer, filmmaker and scientist. The group spent time in the Ecuadorian rain forest, documenting the damage international oil companies had caused by drilling the vast oil reserves, which disturbs the natural and social order.

In what could be a bold publicity stunt, de Rothschild is planning to sail to Plastic Island, a floating pile of plastic and garbage debris in the South Pacific. He plans on doing so on a catamaran made from reclaimed post-consumer plastic bottles called the Plastiki.


David de Rothschild was awarded the accolade of "Emerging Explorer" by National Geographicmarker, was appointed an "international ambassador" by NGO Clean Up The World and nominated as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum.

Literary work

In 2007 de Rothschild wrote The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills to Stop Climate Change—Or Live Through It, which was the official companion book to the Live Earth concert series. In 2008 he was the Consultant Editor for Earth Matters: An Encyclopedia of Ecology and wrote the Foreword to True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet.


  1. 7 February 2009 The Sunday Times Magazine
  2. National Geographic: David de Rothschild
  3. Profile
  4. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2008. ISBN 9780756634353
  5. National Geographic Society. ISBN 9781426304439

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