World travelers bring their environmental message to Solana Beach’s Skyline school

To date, the family has sailed more than 70,000 nautical miles.
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On their journey to sail the seven seas and hike the seven summits, a Swiss family made a stop recently at a Solana Beach School.

In an effort to raise awareness about environmental issues, Dario Schwoerer talked about his family’s travels with students during an April 15 assembly at Skyline Elementary School.

“It’s not important that we do huge things for the environment; it’s more important that everybody does something,” Schwoerer said during the assembly.

Schwoerer and his wife, Sabine, have called a 50-foot boat home for 15 years. In 2000, the couple set out on the TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition to reach the highest summits in the world using only solar, wind and muscle power.

From Africa to Australia, they have traveled to more than 100 countries on nearly every continent. To date, they have sailed more than 70,000 nautical miles, cycled more than 20,000 kilometers and climbed more than 400,000 meters.

Along the way, the couple have had four children, all born on different continents. They have also shared their journey with more than 80,000 students around the world.

Presentations often include cleanups at local beaches and mountaintops. Volunteers from nearly 50 nations have joined their efforts.

To further raise awareness about environmental issues, including climate change, TOPtoTOP also holds drawing contests for children, challenging them to come up with solutions to environmental problems. Schwoerer encouraged Skyline students to submit their ideas.

“We need you to help us out with your ideas,” he said.

The couple plan to travel a few more years with their children. Up next, they are preparing to conquer the final peak: Mount Vinson in Antarctica. To get there, they will circumnavigate North and South America, including the Northwest Passage.

They are hoping to raise $10,000 to cover critical life raft, solar panel batteries and radio beacon service before their mid-May departure.

For information or to donate to the cause, visit www.toptotop.org.


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