Equip (parent company of Rab and Lowe Alpine) are celebrating their new status as a Climate Neutral Company with a free online webinar. Renowned European mountaineering and outdoor photographer Bernd Ritschel will be presenting ‘Glaciers of the Alps’ on 18 February 2021.
As a mountaineer and photographer, Lowe Alpine and Rab ambassador Bernd Ritschel has borne witness to the beauty of the mountains, and to their fragility, for more than 30 years; Bernd’s reflections on the process of creating those images highlights the impacts of climate change and the need for immediate action more than ever before.
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The event, which also marks Equip’s commitment to reach Net Zero by 2030, will take place in both English and German. The English speaking webinar will take place on 18 February at 8pm GMT and German speaking at 6pm CET. Both will be streamed as Facebook live events.
“As a community that spends every spare moment in the mountains, we see the consequences of climate change in the landscapes we explore,” says Equip. “We’ve crimped the smallest of holds, felt the texture of the rock under our feet, stargazed on clear, cold nights, the outdoors, it’s in our DNA. Our love and respect for the nature is real, not theoretical – the mountains are in our blood. As a company, as a brand, as employees we have always strived to do the right thing in how we live our lives and therefore we have decided to act, and to act now.
“But halting and reversing the impacts of climate change isn’t something we can do alone. We need to act together. To raise awareness for this, Bernd’s slide show will kick-off a photo competition among our community, focusing on their memories of the mountains and glaciers, as well as a call for commitments to help preserve these spectacular locations for future generations.” Competition winners will be selected by Bernd and the Equip team, plus will be publicly shown in an exhibition.
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An adventure writer based on Dartmoor, England, Emily is an active member of Mountain Rescue and a summer Mountain Leader, but loves all things adventure – before her third birthday she had lived on three continents. Founder of Intrepid magazine, she works to help break stereotypes about women in the outdoors. Her expeditions have included walking all Dartmoor’s 119 tors in a single two-week outing, cycling to Switzerland and back, and riding the Rhine from source to sea.