Target: Parker Liautaud, student of Yale University and youngest man to ski to the South Pole
Goal: Commend student for sharing a first-hand account of the effects of climate change
The youngest man ever to ski to the South Pole, Parker Liautaud, did so recently to share his experience and findings with the world. Earth is in dire straits; many influential people choose to ignore the signs, while others respond with claims that climate change is natural and nothing to cause concern. Parker risked his health, sanity, and comfort to acquire answers about the state of our climate, and to prove that anyone can make a difference in the world.
Eighteen days, four hours, forty-three minutes and 314.58 miles have awarded Parker two world records: youngest man to ski to the South Pole and the fastest unsupported trek from Antarctica to the South Pole. The record is a great achievement, though Parker wants the publicity for this trek to center around the objective for his trip: to document and showcase the severity of climate change in the Antarctic, and prove why negative change must be addressed now. Parker mentions that his speed of travel is a metaphor for the speed of climate change. Our world is changing at an unprecedented rate and we must work together in attempts to halt the change and help the earth recover.
Parker faced many setbacks while on his journey, though he never allowed these trials to stop him from documenting and reaching his final goal. We can all learn from Parker’s perseverance and dedication to a cause. Sign this petition to applaud Parker for his journey and dedication; vow to help the climate in any way possible.
Dear Parker Liautaud,
You are the current world-record holder of two amazing titles: youngest man to ski to the South Pole, and fastest time trekking from Antarctica to the South Pole. Though, as you had hoped, these accomplishments are not what stay with those who hear about your story. What moves people is your motivation for your journey: your climate change documentation and advocacy.
Climate change is a real problem that many influential figures choose to ignore. Thanks to people like you, with a desire to know the truth, societies around the world may catch on faster and react faster in order to save our planet. I commend you for your brave studies in the frozen tundra of our earth. Your journey was exceedingly difficult; your perseverance brings hope and courage to everyone who hears your story. Thank you.
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