Saturday, May 21, 2016

Climate change: A matter of fact in Peru

The Sacred Glacier Is Melting But The Festival Goes On. (National Public Radio, 5/21/2016)
These days, the festival is an example of how climate change is affecting far more than daily life and agriculture. The mountains here are considered sacred by the worshippers and known as "apus," or mountain spirits, gods. The tradition is for each province represented at the festival to carve out heavy chunks of ice from the glacier — symbolic of water and life — to bring back to their communities.
But things have changed.
"We can't take snow down from the glacier anymore," says Walter Mamami, a participant from the Canchis province. "The glacier is getting smaller. We now stop at the foot of the glacier."

Related reading:
Climate change is affecting Peru right now.  (OXFAM America, 8/17/2009)
Impact on Glacial Melt & Access to Water.   (Peru Support Group)
Peru, where evidence of climate change is abundant, hope for a solution is, too.  (UN and Climate Change, 11/28/20014)

Related posts:
Dear Climate Hustle nutburgers 2.  (5/11/2016)
Dear Climate Hustle nutburgers, Please watch this short video. Love, Retiring Guy.  (5/9/2016) 
Climate Change and dying coral reefs: World sticks collective head in sand.  (4/10/2016)
Climate change, rising sea level threaten Kennedy Space Center launch site.  (4/6/2016)

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