Parker Liautaud is a 19-year-old polar explorer and climate change campaigner, and the Leader of the Willis Resilience Expedition.
He has done three expeditions to the North Pole since turning 15 years old. His expeditions aim to draw attention to the immediate need for action to address climate change. Since 2011, Parker has also partnered with academic institutions to undertake climate research on each of his expeditions.
Parker works with like-minded organizations to promote awareness of the human implications of climate change. He is an ambassador for One Young World, an organization that gathers together young leaders from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change.
One Young World provides a unique opportunity for young leaders to share their visions and ideas and to have their voice heard on global issues that matter. I am honored to be an Ambassador for One Young World and the first One Young World Explorer. I will use my role to draw attention to the immediate action to address climate change.
With One Young World, Parker has shared the same stage as Kofi Annan and Sir Bob Geldof, and he has addressed over 1200 delegates from 190 countries (One Young World brings together the most countries of any gathering outside the Olympic Games). Parker has led several initiatives with other One Young World Ambassadors.
Since 2010, Parker has been profiled by publications as diverse as Vanity Fair, the Independent, and the New York Times. He has also been interviewed for television on CNN and the BBC, among others. He is fast gathering a global following with over 20,000 followers on Twitter. In September 2013, Parker addressed the Social Good Summit with Former US Vice President Al Gore.
Parker studies Geology and Geophysics at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
The Willis Resilience Expedition is Parker Liautaud’s most challenging expedition yet.