Global youth climate movement start on Alps longest glacier with World record attempt

A new world record attempt on Alps longest deepest glacier with World record attempt aims to kick off a global youth climate movement.  Involving the creation of the largest postcard and initiated by the ‘Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’ (SDC) together with WAVE (World Advanced Vehicle Expedition) the aim is to assist young people from across the world to raise their voices about climate change.    It is set to take place in one of the most spectacular places in the world  Aletsch glacier, Switzerland on the 30th of October subject to weather conditions.

The world record attempt will involve creating the largest postcard made up of at least 100,000 standard sized postcards. Each individual postcard will have a written commitment from a young person stating that they will make an effort to alleviate the negative effects of climate change. SDC is arranging with Swiss embassies and consulates around the world to gather postcards from many countries so that this record attempt will be truly international.

This event will take place at one of the most unique locations in the world the Aletsch glacier in Switzerland – the longest and deepest glacier of the Alps.  With its unpredictable weather conditions and inaccessible location the world record is presenting the organisers with major logistical problems.  Junfrau Railway has come to the aid of the project with an offer to transport participants 3,454 metres up to Europe’s highest altitude railway station.

As well as individual messages an additional simple but key message will be spelled out using green postcards that say ‘We are the future – give us a chance. , Stop global warming 1.5°C’. This will be visible from high above the event. In addition, to boost the impact of the event  key messages will be drawn from the postcards and will be sent to major policy and decision makers all over the world. This will include the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. António Gutteres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Ms. Patricia Espinosa, the Heads of States from all the countries that will have provided postcards, as well as all Members of the Swiss Parliament.

This record attempt follows the ‘World Advanced Vehicle Expedition’ (WAVE) led by Louis Palmer successful attempt to compose the largest postcard during COP22 in Marrakech in 2016 featuring over 50’000 postcards.  For schools that need support getting involved in this world record attempt we can provide blank postcards and colour pencils. They will be made available at Swiss embassies or consulates that will also send completed postcards to us in Switzerland.


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