"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better" - Albert Einstein
The Vertical Year aims to raise more than $100,000 for two Australian charity organisations working in fields which align with the values of the project. The Climate Council provide independent commentary on the impacts of Climate Change and what we can do to minimise it's impacts and ReachOut, Australia's leading youth mental health organisation.
Note - 100% of funds raised by this campaign go direct to the charities. the vertical year does not take any cut to fund the project's activities.
I have learnt so much about myself, the human spirit and the beautiful world we live in as a result of the natural environment. Indeed the answer as to why I climb is complex however a large part of the attraction is that it breaks life down to its most raw elements and removes the many self-imposed complexities modern day society insists upon. The ability to continuously re-evaluate your situation, problem solve and be honest with yourself and your partner is critical not only to your success, but your survival whereas traits such as overzealous pride can be very dangerous in the mountains. I am constantly grounded and humbled by these experiences which remind me of what is important to live a full and happy life. It is for these reasons that I believe very strongly in two things:
1) We are all obliged to minimise our impact on the natural environment so future generations have the same opportunities.
2) The natural environment has a significant role to play in the development of our youth and addressing the mental health issues currently plaguing our society.
The Climate Council is Australia's leading climate communications organisation. The Climate Council's mission is to provide independent, authoritative climate change information to the Australian public. Why? Because our response to climate change should be based on the best science available. To date, the Climate Council has produced 77 reports on climate impacts and solutions and was the number one organisation communication on climate change nationally in 2016. This means they've reached 350 million people through our media work and are continuing to change the public narrative on extreme weather impacts, renewable energy solutions and climate action. Not bad for an organisation that's only a few years old!
Our society is more stressed, overworked and mentally ill than ever before, particularly our youth. Being outside, amongst nature is shown to have profound mental health benefits.
ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. Their practical support, tools and tips help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times – and the information they offer parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too. They’ve been changing the way people access help since they launched the world’s first online mental health service nearly 20 years ago. Everything they create is based on the latest evidence and designed with experts, and young people or their parents. This is why their digital self-help tools are trusted, relevant and easy to use. Available for free anytime and pretty much anywhere, ReachOut is accessed by 132,000 people in Australia every month. That’s more than 1.58 million each year.