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Step by Step to the North Pole: Parker Liautaud at TEDxULg

Climate change is one of the most complex and significant issues we face today. Over the past 20 years, political and economic obstacles have often prevented the international community from making significant progress in mitigating the effects of climate change and working towards a sustainable future.However, there exists a world in which the needs of 9 billion people (the expected global population by 2050) are met sustainably -- and many of the same concerns faced in attempting to tackle this monumental issue are faced with equal relevance in attempting to reach the North Pole.About Parker Liautaud :—————————--Parker Liautaud is a 17-year-old polar adventurer, environmental campaigner and speaker. Starting with his first in 2010 (at 15 years old), he has undertaken three separate expeditions to the North Pole.Through his polar expeditions, Parker launched an organization called The Last Degree, a group working towards research-based solutions to climate change, which has carried out new types of research in partnership with leading institutions such as the University of Alberta and the IAEA.Parker was the first person to check-in at the North Pole via Foursquare. In December 2012, he will attempt to become the youngest to trek to the South Pole in a 40-day expedition covering 890km, and on the way activate a new array of innovative automated research beacons.About TEDx :___________In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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