Trail running legend Kilian Jornet will be heading to the Lake District for the Kendal Mountain Festival next week to highlight the challenge faced by climate change.
The three-time UTMB champion will attend Basecamp for a public event at 1pm on Saturday November 20 and also give a talk for selected athletes only next Friday.
Jornet will present his 'Athlete Climate Academy', a platform aiming to give outdoor athletes the scientific literacy to discuss climate change and environmental issues with confidence.
The festival from November 18-21 is a mix of film, speakers, literature, art and activities for in the interest of outdoor adventure-lovers, including runners.
Jornet, who is a renowned climber, said: “In the past years I’ve seen how extreme weather patterns are changing, routes that only a few years ago were possible to climb in summer are now spring or winter routes. I’ve seen how ecosystems are now disappearing or going higher in altitude to survive, how pollution is on top of Everest or in the depth of the ocean. And it’s on us, we’re responsible but also we are the ones who can fix it, together, with knowledge and will of action."
The timely message follow's today's conclusion of the COP26 summit in Glasgow and will no doubt catch the attention of the environmentally aware trail-running community.
Kendal Mountain Festival director Steve Scott says: “Understanding our impact on the mountains has always been a part of the Festival, but over the years our audiences have demanded more from us. They expect us to talk about climate change, about closed loop manufacturing and what our brand partners are doing. We have moved from a passive role to being more proactive by challenging what our responsibilities are as active users of the outdoors.”
Record-breaking ultra-runner Sabrina Verjee, three-time UTMB champion Kilian Jornet and legendary fell runners Joss Naylor and Charlie Ramsay will also be among the speakers. Meanwhile, runners can take part in the Adidas TERREX 10km Trail Run and watch several running-related films. Click here for more.
Pic: Kilian Jornet at the Sierre-Zinal race (credit: Corsa in Montagna)