Kilian Jornet, a ultra trail and sky runner from Spain, sponsored by Salomon and Suunto, among others, has created the Kilian Jornet Foundation, which aims to preserve mountain environments through research, direct action and education. The first project that the new foundation will support is the study and research of one of the most visible victims of climate change: the retreat of the glaciers. Research into this phenomenon is key to the development of projects for the conservation of these ice masses, which contain between 60 and 80 percent of the planet’s freshwater. To this end, the Foundation works in collaboration with the World Glacier Mountaineering Service (WGMS) of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. For more than 125 years, this program has been collecting standardized observations of glacier change and its variations. The funds collected go to various initiatives supported by the WGMS, including measuring instruments and equipment for researchers and educational programs for schools. The Kilian Jornet Foundation is represented by Jornet himself as president and is headed by director Pau Ylla, who was active in the sports marketing of Salomon between 2006 and 2019 and co-founder of the Salomon Ultra Pirineu race.

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