A call for young people from Europe and beyond to help protect the Alps and its tri-national summit, the Mont-Blanc

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A call for young people from Europe and beyond to help protect the Alps and its tri-national summit, the Mont-Blanc
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Mont-Blanc has been THE icon of mountain beauty and the cradle of mountaineering (Alpinisme) and mountain research for 250 years already. With its exceptional beauty and wilderness, but also frequented by 6 million visitors per year and crossed by heavy truck traffic the Mont-Blanc is a challenge to sustainable management. And all the more so since it is shared by three countries, France, Italy and Switzerland. To the astonishment of environmentalists and mountain lovers worldwide Mont-Blanc is still not yet a World Heritage site. Our tri-national umbrella organisation proMONT-BLANC has been working towards this nomination and now finally the local politicians also want this recognition proposed by the governments of France and Italy since 2000. Mont-Blanc is the highest summit and mountain massif of the European Union which actually needs a symbolic image (rather than a bureaucratic one) which stands out as ambitious environmental management model of a cross-border ecosystem. Mont-Blanc’s many glaciers may resist climate change longer than others because of its altitude and its respective micro-climate; but it nevertheless needs local and international protection against too much infrastructure and the melting of permafrost. We call on Young people in Europe and worldwide -to come and experience Mont-Blanc’s outstanding assets of sports and nature -to learn about climate change on its glaciers and around -to get involved in defending its unique environment -to raise awareness about the threats and opportunities among the local and international public or to simply support us as members of our organisation (15€, www.pro-mont-blanc.org )
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