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ADVENTURERS Dario-Andri Schworer and his wife Sabine Schworer-Ammann have sailed over 70,000 kilometers, climbed 400,000 meters, cycled over 18,000 kilometers and visited over 46,000 students since 2002, a journey solely under wind or solar power.

During the challenging trek, they also saw their three children born - Salina, Andri and Noe - the youngest only ten months.

The Swiss family of the climate change expert husband and nurse wife arrived at the Switzerland Pavilion yesterday, a month after their three-month stay in Mount Everest area. They took a special trip to Expo Shanghai to share their stories.

They will give presentations and share pictures and videos from the expedition from 11am to 1pm at the pavilion's stage from next Monday to Thursday.

"I know that many people and organizations have been taking on similar challenges, but we are special in the way that we are a family, with kids delivered during expeditions," said husband Dario-Andri.

"And we focus on collecting good climate change examples rather than solving problems."

One he mentioned was from the Tibet Autonomous Region where they recently saw a local woman boiling water with solar power by putting a container on two large metal plates under the sun.

Schworer is an expert on the impact of climate change in the Alps, a qualified skier, mountaineer, river rafting guide, skipper and diver. The family started the "ToptoTop Global Climate Expedition" in 2002 to explore the highest mountain in each continent using only solar and wind power.

On the road, they collect good examples of ecological lifestyles, pick up trash in the mountains, make friends with local cyclers and give presentations to students.

They have already travelled across Europe, the Americas, Oceania and Australia, and climbed peaks on each continent - Mont Blanc, Mount Cook, Mount Kosciuszko, and Cerro Aconcagua. They have also been to Antarctica.

The family hopes to finish the expedition by 2015, although they originally planned to be on the go for only four years.


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