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Es Tresidder - NOW LIVE - Environmentalism

Es Tresidder is a top climber and fell runner. He is also a regular contributor to UKClimbing.com and an environmental consultant.

He recently explored some of the environmental issues surrounding climbers in his comprehensive UKC article: Environmentalism and Climbing: An Uneasy Partnership.

As a follow up to that article, Es is going live on the UKC forums this Friday (September 11th) to answer any questions and to discuss any environmental issues surrounding our sport.

Es will be live on the forums from 9am until 5pm.

As a follow on to this Q&A we hope to run an audio interview conducted by Es with Patagonia founder and American climbing legend Yvon Chouinard - watch this space!

Es is Now LIVE in the UKC Forums


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11 Sep, 2009
Not sure if this is the same on everyone's browser, but there's a little advert at the bottom of my post saying "Geneva airport transfers". Classic.
11 Sep, 2009
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11 Sep, 2009
Excellently put. :-)
11 Sep, 2009
Is "climate change mitigation" the same as environmentalism? We have (rightly) become alarmed about climate change, but climbing/ mountaineering/ walking has a big environmental responsibility in other respects. Taking an overland train to the alps is one important measure, but the non emissions based impact of the ski industry on alpine ecology is still huge - look at all the piste scars/ toilet outflows etc in the summer. Getting the bus to Stanage is important, but when I was there earlier in the year - midweek at an otherwise deserted crag- there were two teams on either route marking the boundaries of the ring ouzel protection area and nowhere else. Doing the minimum neccessary is not the same as respecting the environment I think what I'm saying is mitigating climate change is important, but we need to consider all aspects of our impact on the mountain environment.
11 Sep, 2009
First, an interesting article. A few thoughts: You haven't said very much about the most effective means to reduce the demand for flying - by increasing its cost. Aviation is due to join the EU Emissions trading scheme and so we'll have to start paying for the carbon we emit. There is a need to influence the design of that scheme so that it not made ineffective. What's your view on that? Ouught we include other sources of CO2, like car's diesel and petrol, in such a scheme? How about including the production of meat and diary? You say that aviation has got as efficient as it can be. What's your opinion on the new generation of alterative fuels such as Jatopta and Algae based fuels, which also minimise the impact on arable land, water and energy when compared to the the current ones, and morover contain a lot less of other contributory emissions like NOX?
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