While Apa was getting ready to climb Mount Everest, a group of South Asian countries were meeting to discuss important matters like climate change. During said meeting, Apa was named the new Goodwill Ambassador for Climate Change. I knew about this a week or so ago, but Apa got the official letter today. (I’ve attached an image of it if you want to read it.)
The first thing I did when I heard about this was ask Apa if he knew that he was going to be nominated. He said, “No. But it’s good.”
We talked about it a bit more. It’s a big deal. SAARC, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan. So, Apa will be representing a huge portion of the world’s population as he speaks out about global climate change.
“I’m happy to be the new goodwill ambassador,” Apa said. “If we don’t all raise our voices, then who will speak for the mountains.”