Parker Liautaud is a polar explorer and climate change campaigner. He joined the Yale Climate & Energy Institute in April 2014. He has undertaken three expeditions to the North Pole and one to the South Pole. In 2013, Parker completed the fastest human-powered trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole, and became the youngest man to walk to the pole at the time. Through his expeditions, he has partnered with leading academic institutions, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, GNS New Zealand, and others, to conduct research on the climate system. He has also worked closely with the United Nations Foundation on the communication of climate science.
His most recent journey, the Willis Resilience Expedition, featured a 16-episode live broadcast dedicated to climate change, which hosted 25 debates and discussions on the issue with leading experts from the scientific community, the private sector, NGOs, and government.
Parker regularly speaks at conferences, universities, and some of the world’s largest companies. Recently, he made remarks at the climate change plenary session during the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting; moderated a discussion on climate change between Kofi Annan and President Mary Robinson at a summit in Dublin, Ireland; and was interviewed by former Vice President Al Gore at the UN Foundation’s Social Good Summit.
His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, NPR, and a wide range of other media outlets. He has regularly commented in news outlets on current events related to climate change.
Parker has been named to Time Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list of people changing the world, and in March 2014, he was honored by The White House for engaging the next generation of conservation leaders.
At Yale, he studies Geology & Geophysics.