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Will Gadd is UN Environment Mountain Hero

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).

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.