UPDATE: Paul Evmorfidis is back to Athens, safe and sound. After cycling more than 6,000 kilometers crossing by Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and India, he was forced to cancel his trip and return by air on March 14th according to the emergency measures imposed on him due to coronavirus outbreak.
This urgent situation also led the Nepalese authorities to close Mountain Everest and, as a result, suspend the spring missions and cancel the ascent permits granted at least until the end of April.
His journey may not have come to an end, but through this and his powerful voice he made many of you aware of the immediate, rapid and tremendous impact of climate change. Thanks you all, who supported this effort! Paul, we wish you safe routes from now on, health and a speedy recovery for us all!
How does a wooden bicycle and a man’s passion for nature relate to WWF Greece?
Paul Evmorfidis, founder of COCO-MAT, challenges himself at the age of 61, to cycle 7.500 kilometers from Athens to Nepal. Once there, he will climb 8.848 meters to the highest peak of the world, i.e. Mount Everest, where the air is the cleanest and purest. His aim is to support WWF’s actions, create awareness and send a message to restore the relationship between human and nature. A relationship Paul has devoted his entire life to.
The climate crisis is a fact and now is the time to act. We owe this to our planet, nature, our children and ourselves. We all have to take responsibility and with your support we can make a change!
From the Amazon, the Earth’s last lung, which is turning to ashes, till the Arctic Circle, where ice is melting in unprecedented rate, WWF struggles every day to preserve life on the planet and ensure the well-being of both humans and nature. For more than two decades now, this fight has been fought worldwide but also here, in Greece. It is a fight which aims to “heal the wounds” in our forests in Ilia Peloponnese and Mount Parnitha, to protect the life of the endangered turtle Caretta and its home on Zakynthos island. A battle for the Mediterranean Seal and the Greek fishermen. A fight not to fill our seas with oil platforms, get rid of the lignite and support environmental legislation that will not allow our shores to be filled with arbitrary constructions. Needless to say, WWF needs your support.