WHY PARKER LIAUTAUD IS EXTRAORDINARY
Parker Liautaud is called by many names: campaigner, global policy leader, public speaker, environmental journalist, and polar explorer. He is only 19 years old yet he had embarked on four expeditions to the North Pole already. He is now gearing towards his fifth, this time, he is headed to the South Pole, a more challenging terrain.
He has been trekking the most unfriendly of all places in terms of climate to help the advancement of research on global warming:
“First, we wanted to see the changes in the ratios of the stable isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen in water molecules as you go deeper in the annual layers of Antarctic snow. These ratios can provide information on various aspects of the climate system/water cycle. And second we measured the concentrations of the radioactive isotope tritium in Antarctic snow, with the goal of finding out how tritium levels vary with latitude across Antarctica. Tritium is useful for understanding the global hydrological cycle and is an important tool for dating water and ice with high resolution.” (SOURCE: National Geographic)
FEATURED IN VANITY FAIR, NEW YORK TIMES, ETC.
Because he was not even 20 years old when he conquered the North Pole twice (the first expedition was with Robert Swan and he was not subjected to walking with his sled in tow; the second one had to be aborted 15 miles from destination), his story was picked up by prestigious publications. Vanity Fair, for instance, featured him in a six-page article. He was also profiled by the Independent and the New York Times among many others.
He did only attract journalists but also TV hosts and news anchors. He was interviewed for television on CNN and the BBC. TIME magazine included him in their list of “30 people under 30 changing the world.” He is also an esteemed speaker, having shared the stage with environmental sages, such as Al Gore, Bob Geldof, and Kofi Annan. Al Gore even told Parker that he inspired him because of his will to contribute for the good of the environment.
He’s been made ambassador for One Young World’s Wake Up Call campaign and had addressed over 1200 delegates from 190 countries.
We don’t know about you but it seems like Parker is doing something really remarkable given his age. He can do other things with his time and resources but he chose to do something that would benefit not only himself but all of mankind. If we could only share this kind of mindset then maybe this world would be a better place.
So we encourage you to find what you are passionate about and no matter what others say, take that first step and don’t be disheartened. You’ll never know how that first step is going to lead to many until you reach your goal. And like Parker, you might just find yourself on top of the world.
TOP REASONS WHY PARKER LIAUTAUD IS EXTRAORDINARY
1. He became the youngest person to complete a Last Degree expedition to the Geographic North Pole when he was only 16 years old.
2. His first trip to the North Pole was when he was 14.
3. He failed his first attempt to break the record when he was 15, tried again and made it at 16.
4. In 2013, he completed his third expedition with Doug Stoup.
5. He is an Etonian.
6. He now attends Yale, majoring in Geology.
7. He has addressed over 1200 delegates from 190 countries and shared the stage with Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, and Al Gore.
8. He’s an ambassador for One Young World.
9. He was profiled by Vanity Fair, the Independent, and the New York Times and interviewed on TV by CNN and BBC.
10. TIME magazine named him as one of the “30 people under 30 changing the world.”