Nepali summiteer draws world’s attention to save Himalayas
Nepali summiteer Apa Sherpa, world record holder for 20 ascents of Mt. Everest (also known as Mt. Qomolangma) articulated his contentment over unfurling a climate change message from top of the world.
Popularly known as “Super Sherpa”, Nepali hero Apa, 50, conquered Everest for the 20th time again on May 22, breaking his own world record.
“I had sumitted Everest many times for personal sake but since 2008, I’m climbing for social cause. Carrying the message of climate change and biodiversity conservation to the world, I’m climbing Everest,” said Apa on Tuesday.
Apa, who is also the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s “Climate for Life” campaign ambassador and climbing leader of Eco Expedition 2010, was speaking at a press meeting Tuesday organized by WWF after he returned from conquering the Everest.
Apa first reached the summit of Everest on May 10, 1990 with a New Zealand team led by climber Peter Hillary, son of Edmund Hillary.
Before heading on his daring and noble mission this year to draw the attention of world to pay attention to melting Himalayas as a consequence of climate change, Apa told Xinhua that he was climbing Everest to raise global awareness about impact of climate change over Himalayas.
“As far as I can, I will continue to contribute my country by any means whether creating awareness or collecting garbage,” said Apa, who is a goodwill ambassador for climate change for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
Nevertheless, he said he encourages young summiteers to work for the nation and save the Himalayas.
Apa carried the national tourism campaign “Nepal Tourism Year- 2011” flag and WWF banner written with “You Heard Our Voice, Now Raise Yours-We Can Stop Climate Change at the top of the world in his 20th ascents.
“I am thankful to have been able to climb Mt. Everest for the 20th time. I climbed this year to raise awareness about the Apa Sherpa foundation, which is dedicated to increasing educational opportunities for people in the Himalayan Region. I also climbed to bring attention to the damage done to the Himalayas because of global climate change,” Apa mentioned in his official website right after conquering Everest
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