Young sustainability advocates give tips on how to save the planet
Salina, Andri, Noé, Allegra and Mia live quite an extraordinary life: together with their parents they are part of the climate expedition ToptoTop. With their wind and solar powered sailing boat they travel the world and teach people across the globe how to save the planet. Since Victorinox also cares deeply about the protection of our environment, we are one of the official sponsors of the ToptoTop expedition.
Discover their fascinating life and let them inspire you to take action.
Get to know an adventurous family
Save the world
Change something today
Salina, Andri, Noe, Alegra and Mia have seen many of the devastating effects climate change has had. That’s why they are on a mission to help save the planet.
Learn from what they have learned and join their quest.
Don’t replace it, fix it
Less stuff, more freedom
Everything is a toy
A bottle is a rattle is a jar
Grow strong, change the world
No car, more fun
Learn to cook and reduce waste
Get out there
Let’s ask some questions
We talked to Salina (11), Andri (10), Noé (7) and Alegra (5) about their work as climate activists and their life aboard their sailing boat.
Why do we have to take care of our planet?
Noé: Because we want to have a healthy planet when we are old.
Could you give us some examples where you have seen that our planet is in danger?
Andri: In Bali, there was plastic everywhere in the mangrove forests. That's a breeding station for many different types of animals and fish. They eat the plastic and die.
Noé: In big cities, there are too many cars and poor public transportation. It is too noisy for the birds.
Salina: In the Arctic, the ice is melting one month earlier now and it is freezing one month later. This change causes huge problems for the Inuits and their ability to hunt and get food.
Could you also give us some examples where you have seen that our planet is still doing well?
Noé: There are parks where they protect nature.
Salina: They are planting trees to reforest.
Andri: Once we were cycling along a field full of solar panels. It was so huge we were riding our bikes for one hour before we got to the end of the field.
Tell us about your work. What are your tasks in the expedition ToptoTop?
Andri: We try to stop global warming. We help teaching.
Noé: We also give tours on the boat and explain how we live.
When you visit schools, what do you tell the students?
Andri: We explain how we live with technology that produces renewable energy.
Salina: We show them examples of how to do better, in particular, examples from our journey.
How do the students react when they meet you?
Salina: They’d like to join us!
Which are the five most important things to help save the planet?
Andri: Solar and wind power, own fewer things, use your clothes again, repair things yourself, do not throw away so much.
Alegra: Do not drive a car or fly a plane, don’t use plastic and don’t use things just once, for example throwing your cup away after drinking a glass of water.
What do you like more? Living on water or on land?
Alegra: I slightly prefer the water because of all the beautiful sea creatures I can see.
Do you have tasks?
Noé: I love birds and like to share my knowledge about birds with others. I am also our observer on board – I look out for other boats, upcoming storms, observe the cloud formations, spot animals but also plastic debris.
Alegra: I am responsible for turning the light on at night on the boat, so the other boats can see us. In schools, I talk about polar bears. I am also good at collecting plastic.
Andri: I am the navigating assistant.
Salina: I talk about our expedition. I take care of my little baby sister and I like to cook.
Don’t you have to go to school?
Salina: There is a teacher with us on our expedition. When we’re at sea, we go to boat school. When we’re hiking up a mountain, we go to tent school. When we’re on land, we also go to regular school.