Announced this week by the UN Environment is that Will Gadd is the new UN Environment Mountain Hero.
UN Environment Mountain Hero Will Gadd raises awareness on disappearing glaciers. He is one of the world’s most prominent ice climbers and will be supporting UN Environment as our newest Mountain Hero.
Among his many accomplishments, he has established ice climbing routes across the planet and has set the world record twice for the longest distance covered by paragliding (423 km).
Our mountains and glaciers tell us a lot about the health of our world. I’m proud to share my direct experience with climate change on international mountain day through the United Nations Mountain Heroes program. Link in my bio for more information. Photo @christianpondella from a trip @huens and I did with @pablo_durana to Kilimanjaro a few years back. There the glaciers aren’t just receding, they are disappearing. Climate change isn’t a theory when you experience it first hand. #unenvironment #kilimanjaro #climatechange #glacier #iceclimbing @redbullcanada @redbull @arcteryx @blackdiamond @scarpana @sterlingrope @smithoptics
At the heart of the Mountain Heroes campaign are extraordinary athletes who dedicate some of their time to raise awareness of environmental issues, in particular environmental protection of mountains, where early indicators of the effects of climate change are already becoming visible.
“Climbers and mountaineers also have a responsibility to protect the landscapes they enjoy. It will take cooperation between all stakeholders of mountains to increase awareness of the unique challenges they face.
“That’s why UN Environment is also partnering with the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation to boost environmental protection in mountainous areas. The work includes training mountain guides on sustainability issues in collaboration with the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations. One example is working with the climbing and mountaineering community on reducing the amount of litter left in these fragile landscapes.”
Congrats Gadd on the new title and for more see here.
@realwillgadd, a trailblazing ice climber, is the newest addition to our Mountain Heroes campaign! He joins a group of extraordinary athletes who are raising awareness about the concerning impact of #climatechange on mountain regions. We welcome Will and look forward to his advocacy. #InternationalMountainDay 🌄 📷 Credit: @ChristianPondella / Red Bull Content Pool