• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 31s

Globe-trotting climate educators visit Alaska

By KTVA CBS 11 News 1:50 PM March 20, 2014

Global nonprofit brings firsthand look at climate change to Alaska students

ANCHORAGE – A global expedition working to share a firsthand look at climate change has made its way to Alaska.

Top to Top — run by volunteers under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme — travels the world by “human power and nature’s force.”

Switzerland native Dario Schowrer said he and his wife conceived of the program after noticing the impacts of climate change in their home country.

“We came up with the idea to go in all climate zones and try to find the best examples for the environment, for the climate, collect them and go into classrooms and teach … about all these positive solutions,” Schowrer said.

An expert on the impact of climate change in the Alps and an experienced mountaineering guide, Schowrer said the expedition is attempting to circumnavigate both North and South America. But he said the expedition team enjoys sharing their discoveries as much as they enjoy making them.

“It’s just great to see, when you light up these kids’ eyes with all the positive and all the beauty of the planet we have, and that fills up our batteries again,” Schowrer said.

Alaska, he said, has so far proven to be one of their favorite destinations.

“I think the hospitality and the friendliness of the people is just outstanding,” Schowrer said.

The expedition first made landfall in Cordova after sailing from Hawaii, and Schowrer said the community still holds a special place in his heart.

“I think they were the best people we ever met,” he said.

Click here to learn more about TopToTop.

Latest Stories

  • Lifestyle

    Alaskans stride for solutions at annual Heart and Stroke Walk

    by Eric Ruble on Sep 24, 18:48

    Considered a growing problem by health professionals, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Nearly 1,200 Alaskans joined the fight against it at the Anchorage Heart Walk Saturday morning. “We can think about our own families and friends that are potentially suffering from heart disease and cardiovascular disease, which is turning into an […]

  • News

    Charlotte police release video of Keith Lamont Scott shooting

    by CBS/AP on Sep 24, 17:27

    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Saturday released dashcam and bodycam video of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, as well as photos of the gun and possible marijuana blunt found on Scott when he died. In the dashcam video, Scott can be seen exiting his vehicle before officers start firing. Officers are heard saying “drop the gun, […]

  • Lifestyle

    Mat-Su Borough officials surprised by mountain goat in downtown Palmer

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 24, 17:14

    ANCHORAGE — Matanuska-Susitna Borough Animal Care Officer Nick Uphus arrived in downtown Palmer Friday afternoon to assist police with the unexpected. “I thought it was a loose domestic goat when I got the call. I knew Palmer Police would not put a goat in the back of the squad car,” Uphus said in a Mat-Su […]

  • Lifestyle

    ‘Tangible’ results from Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes conference

    by Davis Hovey / KNOM on Sep 24, 13:29

    On Wednesday, the conference on Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes, or WIHAH, wrapped up in Anchorage. The goal of the conference was to address the challenges of providing safe and affordable access to running water and sanitation. Panelists with different technical backgrounds presented earlier this week. One of the presenters, local Nome resident Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle, says this conference […]

  • News

    East Anchorage home damaged in early morning fire

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 24, 13:04

    A family whose home was damaged during an early morning fire was displaced but did not need help from the American Red Cross, officials say. The fire was reported at 1:43 a.m. at 2436 Havenshire Place, Anchorage Fire Department dispatchers told KTVA. Fifteen units were dispatched and arrived by 1:49 a.m. The fire took nearly […]

  • News

    Sitka group wants plastic bag fee

    by Associated Press on Sep 24, 13:01

    A group is exploring a possible plastic and paper bag fee in Sitka. The Sitka Sentinel reports the first Bags for Change meeting brought in about a dozen people. Supporters say single-use grocery bags harm the environment. A fee could range from 10 to 25 cents on paper and plastic grocery store bags. The group […]

  • News

    Shaktoolik plans to ‘stay and defend’ current location

    by Lauren Frost / KNOM on Sep 24, 12:42

    This August, representatives from Shaktoolik completed a strategic management plan to protect their community from erosion and violent storms. The plan lists nine critical actions, including replacing the health clinic, reinforcing the berm, and building an evacuation center. All of these critical actions are part of the village’s larger goal of remaining at their current […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage chiropractor arrested for child exploitation may have additional victims, police say

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 24, 11:50

    An Anchorage doctor has been arrested on multiple charges related to child exploitation and distribution of child pornography, according to a release from the Anchorage Police Department. Police said it is possible he has additional victims, and some may live outside of Alaska. Online court records show police arrested 31-year-old Jesse Lee Webb on Thursday […]