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Swiss Family On Global Climate Expedition Visits San Diego County

Top to Top Global Climate Expedition

A Swiss family on a 15 year journey to spread the message of ocean pollution and climate change make a stop in San Diego. Dario and Sabine Schworer and their four children sail, hike and bike around the world educating young people and scale the world's highest peaks.

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San Diego County is the latest stop for a Swiss family preparing for the next leg of their global climate expedition: sailing around North and South America and heading to the Arctic from “Pole to Pole.”

Dario and Sabine Schworer have been spreading the word about ocean pollution and climate change to young people around the world for 15 years.

The couple who are active climbers said they first started their journey in Switzerland. Dario said they realized in the 1990s how climate change was hurting glaciers. They also knew how effective it would be to teach children the importance of the environment.

“We were very engaged in youth and sports,” Dario told KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday. “We realized when you work with young people it’s much easier to convince them to do something for the planet when they understand the value.”

They’ve sailed 75,000 nautical miles, conducted research for various educational and non-governmental organization partners, and met with more than 80,000 school children. During that time, they’ve had four children. The children are now ages 10, 8, 5 and 3. The entire family travels by sailboat, bicycles and hiking.

They work with the nonprofit, “Top to Top” Global Climate Expedition, which inspires children to help create a better future. The group’s key message focuses on “climate protection” and “enjoying nature through sport but also (giving) something back to nature.”

The expedition will wrap up in the next four years. The couple plans on turning it over to a younger generation of adventurers.

“Our mission is really to inspire the youth to save our planet,” Dario said. “We really like to stress that we have to start respecting nature.”


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