A Mountain to Climb

A Mountain to Climb : The Climate Crisis: A Summit Beyond Everest

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On the 23rd of May 2019, Hakan Bulgurlu became one of the fortunate few to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. To stand on top of the world's highest mountain is a humbling experience, to bear witness to nature at its most awe-inspiring and powerful is even more humbling. Bulgurlu's quest to climb Everest came with a purpose: making the environment the centre of his ambition to highlight the catastrophic effect climate change is having on our planet, to lead by example and to seek out practical solutions. He wanted to use the expedition as a wake-up call to what we are doing to the natural world.

In his powerful new book, Bulgurlu tells the fascinating story of this adventure of a lifetime, harrowing and exhilarating in equal measure. He delves into the roots of the environmental crisis we find ourselves in, speaking to climate activists and campaigners, biologists, scientists, filmmakers, academics, economists, entrepreneurs, global leaders and innovators. They help shed light on the issues that we face and the solutions that will help secure a better future for generations to come.

In this gripping account of his journey, Bulgurlu describes the challenges he faced in reaching the summit, and the challenges we all face in protecting the planet and the future of humanity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 40.64mm | 840g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1913532925
  • 9781913532925
  • 1,084,758

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'In A Mountain to Climb, Hakan Bulgurlu uses his life-changing experience from reaching the world's tallest peak to transform business as a true force for good. A must-read for all who aspire to learn from this courageous leader.' Paul Polman, Co-Founder and Chair, Imagine; 'With his book and passion, Hakan has the ability to inspire many more to take action to tackle climate change. Thank you for the authentic leadership!' Jesper Brodin, CEO Ingka Group / IKEA; 'I've never read a book so fast from the first page until the last, not even close to it. [This] book is inspiring, pedagogical, and incredibly colourful...' Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency; 'Hakan's book is an inspiring story of how purpose can lead to daring personal and professional decisions. This book is a great inspiration for how to transform our business and our lives, as well.' Feike Sijbesma, Honorary chairman, Royal DSM and Co-Chair, Global Climate Adaptation Center; 'A nice story of a man looking for himself, contrasted with a planet increasingly lost. Humankind will need to climb its own Mount Everest to avoid ecological disaster. Very well written and engaging.' Thierry Vanlancker, CEO, AkzoNobel
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About Hakan Bulgurlu

Hakan Bulgurlu was born in 1972 in Oslo, to Turkish and Norwegian parents. He was first introduced to the greatness of mountains in Norway, and his love of the ocean took root in the Princes' Islands, Turkey. At a young age, he learned the craft of trade at the historic Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Bulgurlu completed his BA in economics and mechanical engineering at Texas University, followed by an MBA at Northwestern University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Bulgurlu is a global business leader and a climate activist. As the CEO of Arcelik, a home appliances manufacturer that operates in 150 countries, Bulgurlu has become a thought leader on sustainable and purpose-driven business. In a bid to raise awareness for the climate crisis, Bulgurlu climbed Everest in 2019. Bulgurlu is a member of the World Bank's High-Level Commission on Carbon Pricing and the Amstel Dialogues, an initiative that aims to foster innovation in Europe. He was also recognised as a nominee of Young Presidents Organization's 2021 Global Impact Award. Bulgurlu is married and has three children.
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