One Young World Ambassador Parker Liautaud was recognised as a Champion for Change at the White House on 18 March for his work communicating the impact of climate change.
Speaking from the White House Liautaud said, 'it is a tremendous honour to be here today, to be in the presence of my fellow nominees who have dedicated a whole career of work for the benefit of future generations.'
A student at Yale University, Liautaud is a polar adventurer and climate change campaigner who has undertaken three expeditions to the North Pole and one to the South Pole.
His latest in December 2013 - the Willis Resilience Expedition - departed with two goals: to test the limits of resilience in the face of adversity and to help understand our changing world. As part of the 350 mile trek to the South Pole – Liautaud set two world records as well as delivering 16 live shows along the way about climate change.
At the age of 19, Liataud is the youngest male to ski to the South Pole and is one of Time’s top 30 people under 30 changing the world.