Join us in our fight
Glaciers are rapidly melting, snow coverage is diminishing and mountains are starting to fall down. All with severe consequences for a large number of people globally. We are talking about the impact of climate change on our alpine environments, and we want to do something about it.
The Climb for Climate project is a 100-day initiative with the aim to catalyst change and raise awareness about the impact of climate change on our alpine environments and their surrounding ecosystems.
The project is centered around the climbers and founders of the project — Peter Sandahl and Danny Uhlmann — and their attempt to climb all the 82 summits over 4 000 m in the European alps, within 100 days. This is a logistical chessboard that puts the physical and mental efforts to the limit and requires significant mountaineering expertise and a good portion of luck with weather. It involves 400 km of technical and sometimes treacherous high alpine terrain with twenty times more vertical meters than Mount Everest.
Through the climbing efforts, the project will bring its followers on a journey high up into the heart of the Alps. A journey involving an authentic demonstration of personal struggles, reflections and achievements. But more importantly, a journey that enables people to see, concretely and from first row, the devastating effects that an increasingly warmer planet has on these fantastic landscapes.
During these 100-days, the project will engage with its partners and numerous individuals, organisations and communities that all wish to contribute with their stories and proposals that, taken together, gives different perspectives on climate change and what we can — and must — do to solve our problems.
By bringing many parties together the aim is to create a movement that stretches far beyond the project itself. Setting a change in motion that creates the awareness that enable and inspire people, on all levels, to take meaningful action towards a positive outcome for the Earth.
As such, the project's success is not dependent on the success or failure of climbing the 82 summits within the timeframe of 100 days — it’s about creating awareness and to initiate a movement that set actions in motion.
“a journey that enables people to see, concretely and from first row, the devastating effects that an increasingly warmer planet has on these fantastic landscapes”
What's the issue we aim to address?
Our mountain and high alpine environments are beautiful and majestic landscapes. They are not only popular tourist attractions, but also the home to a unique set of biodiversity and the livelihood for many people, organisations and even countries.
The bad news is that our alpine regions are also the scenery where the devastating effects of an increasingly warmer planet are obvious, even to the untrained eye. In essence, we are rapidly about to lose these landscapes as we currently know them — and with dramatic consequences as a result.
The Earth has in-arguably warmed up over the past 150 years. The CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is now rapidly approaching what scientists consider the upper limit, if the global warming should be stopped at 2 degrees celsius.
In the Alps, the temperature rise is twice the global average and has thus already reached the critical 2 degree level. This results in rapid glacier melting, diminishing snow cover and loss of permafrost keeping the mountains together.
The consequences are enormous: impaired water balances and fresh water shortage, sea level rise, disrupted biodiversity with elimination of plants and species, significantly reduced energy supply from hydro power and severe implications for tourism and agriculture.
about climb for climate
The Climb for Climate – 82 Summits for Change is a global climate change initiative which aims to raise broad awareness about the impact of climate change on our alpine environments and their surrounding ecosystems.
Thank you South Pole for compensating the project’s CO2 emissions.