Several mountain areas across Europe are a little greener, more vibrant and significantly less polluted following a successful UIAA Respect the Mountains Series, held throughout the summer of 2016 across nine events in eight European countries.
The series – partnered by outdoor footwear specialist KEEN – was created as a two-fold project. On a practical level, is the direct action clean-up operation that witnessed the removal of five tonnes of waste across European slopes. The other, more significant, aspect is its legacy. Through dedicated workshops, practical field explanations from expert guides and following the project’s seven ways to Respect the Mountains, several hundred mountain volunteers were empowered to become ambassadors for the future.
The three-month series provided a showcase for the beauty and rich diversity of Europe’s mountain regions while, in parallel, highlighting the issues caused by tourist waste and the perennial threat posed by climate change.
Each event was a unique experience, embracing local culture and values and presenting their own geographical challenges. What united all nine gatherings was a common desire among volunteers to make a difference and foster a community under the slogan ‘Respect the Mountains’.