In January, the round-the-world sailors and environmental campaigners Sabine and Dario Schwörer invited seven young climate protectors from every continent to Switzerland. The “Climate Solution Awards” from the Swiss climate initiative ToptoTop pursues several goals at the same time.
«We want to bring together talented and committed young people from across the world”, explains Dario Schwörer, continuing: “In Switzerland there are so many great examples of sustainable management and climate protection. We want to pass this on to our award winners as motivation along the way.»
During the course of their nine-year journey, the Schwörers met countless people who use their passion and creativity to protect the climate and the environment. It was from this that the idea of the ToptoTop Climate Solution Awards was born. This year’s nominees came from the USA, China, New Zealand, Argentina, the Antarctic, Great Britain and Kenya.
Together with supporters and friends of the ToptoTop expedition, a challenging, varied and certainly unforgettable programme was prepared for the participants. It ranged from sporting activities such as skiing or sledging to visits to solar plants or efficient power stations. Contact with young people at schools in Switzerland was also on the agenda, as were meetings with partners such as Victorinox, Solar Impulse and myclimate.
The implementation of the Climate Solution Awards was only made possible thanks to several partnerships. Thus Swiss travel company Kuoni made a substantial contribution in terms of services and funding to enable the participants to travel to the event.
Statements of the awardees: