Rock Climber and Environmentalist Alex Honnold at the Explorers Club New York during UN Climate Week

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September 2023 – New York City:

Climate Week took place in New York City coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly meetings. This global climate event brought together diverse audiences, communities, and decision-makers who spotlighted the climate crisis, as well as the innovative and collaborative ways governments, communities, corporations and people can help mitigate and halt its consequences…

Professional rock climber and environmentalist Alex Honnold was invited by the Explorers Club to premiere a screening of the Honnold Foundation’s short film, “Our Children’s River” which focuses on the intersection of Indigenous sovereignty, climate change, and renewable energy.

In partnership with Amazon Front Lines and Alianza Ceibo, the Honnold Foundation film follows the Indigenous guard of Sinangoe in Ecuador, one of several Indigenous communities spearheading these efforts. As a result of the tireless work of the community guard, Sinangoe was able to force miners out of their territory and set a critical precedent for Indigenous people’s right to decide over the future of their rainforest homes.

NYC VIBE was invited by the Explorers Club to capture Alex offering the audience an inside look at his most recent expedition: a human-powered bikepacking trip from Colorado to the Alaskan Range this past summer.

As a professional rock climber whose spine tingling free-solo ascents of America’s biggest cliffs have made him one of the most recognized and followed climbers in the world. A gifted and hard-working athlete, Alex is distinguished for his uncanny ability to control his fear while scaling cliffs of dizzyingly heights without a rope to protect him if he falls.

In 2017 Alex completed the first and only free-solo of El Capitan’s “Freerider” route at more than 3,000 feet, a historic accomplishment which has been hailed by many as one of the greatest sporting achievements of our time.

The story of this feat was told in the Academy Award-winning documentary, FREE SOLO.

Early in his career as a rock climber, Alex decided to dedicate a third of his income each year to environmental projects. He went on to launch the Honnold Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing solar energy access for marginalized communities around the world.

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