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The Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda and the…

The Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda and the...

The Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are one of the ranges in the world being hit hardest by climate change. When the Duke of Abruzzi went there in 1906, he and his team documented some 43 distinct glaciers; less than 20 remain, and those that do have less than 25% of their mass. The loss of glaciers in the Rwenzori is not just sad for climbers and tourists. Their waters help nourish vast plains and farmlands below, home to many people and critical species. And, the Rwenzori are a key source of the White Nile, and essential waterway in Africa. I find myself thinking of these and other ranges, and indeed the climate of the world as a whole, on this day as the Republicans are forcing through a vote on Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, conveniently before he’s forced to release some 3,000 emails from his time as Oklahoma AG between him and leaders of the oil, gas, and coal industries. Convenient. Is it within the rules? Sure. Does that make it ethical? Does it show responsible governing? Not at all. I know views on climate change are varied, but most logical souls agree now that the climate is changing, and a majority agree that scientists in the field are probably right that we humans have at least a little bit to do with it. (sarcasm) It used to be that America was a nation that took on challenges, that embraced problem solving and innovation not as barriers to success, but as opportunities for more. It is this ideal – not one of backward looking, reactionary thinking – that truly made America as close to great as it ever has been. One cannot realistically deny a changing climate, whether you believe humans are causing it or not. One cannot realistically deny that burning fossil fuels is a bad thing for our planet. Likewise, one can’t deny that figuring out alternative energy systems in conjunction with conservation (isn’t that where conservative comes from?) is a good and logical path to take. So, why the denial? Why the refusal to take logical steps, to reform our systems and strategies, to position us as a nation to embrace new technologies, create new jobs, and be a leader as we once were? #reallymakeamericagreatagain

Rwenzori Mountains

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About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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