For decades, thousands of visitors would visit Chacaltaya glacier, the highest ski run on earth at 17,400 feet high (5,300m) in the Andes . This is an 18,000 year old glacier and it is a terrible loss for Bolivia and the world, not even thinking about the critical supply of drinking water it provided to the 2 million or more people living in the area. I kept checking the news on TV to find any commentary on this loss, but could only find what Miss California, beauty queen, had said about gay marriage.
Photos are from the BBC and the article is here -
Now you see it, now you don’t
Dr. Edson Ramirez, head of an international team of scientists who have been studying the glacier since 1991 said “Chacaltaya has disappeared. It no longer exits.” Dr. Ramirez and his team will hold a special ceremony this month to mourn the passing of this mighty glacier. All of us should mourn as well. We have done brilliant things, technically important things, but when was the last time we could repair/replace a glacier?
Prince Charles said: “ We should be treating, I think, the whole issue of climate change and global warming with a far greater degree of priority than I think is happening now.”
Yes, we should because this glacier has many cousins all over the world. They are next. It’s no longer “if”. It’s “when”.