The Fate Of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene (induced by humans) was published in March 2011 with little fanfare. Researchers at the Pontifical Institute in Rome studied how 400 glaciers were simply melting away on our watch. Little attention was paid to the brief report with photos of glaciers.
April 18, 2014 all channels of the evening news were blustering how at least a dozen of the Sherpa guides were killed in an avalanche of ice that dispatched heroic guides from tiny Nepal.
Since Mt. Everest was first ascended in May 1953, many have tried to follow Sir Edmund Hillary to the 29,000 foot peak Junko Tabei from Japan was the first woman to climb the peak. Since escorts are necessary, the heroes, known as Sherpas, receive little recognition. Over 200 died in attempts to reach the highest peak on Earth. The sudden loss of Sherpas who make the journey possible raises an alarm. If ice is melting on Mt. Everest, how can the daring women and men pay Sherpas to attempt a journey when stable ice is no longer a certainty?
From a global perspective, if human activities (anthropocene era) are dominating Earth and melting ice at the highest point on our planet, how can we remain in denial of reality?
Svante Auguste Arrhenius issued a scientific warning in 1890 that unrestricted burning of fossil fuels will create problems for Earth in time.
While impoverished families in Nepal mourn the loss of those who escort affluent climbers up Mt. Everest, will we all reflect on the fact Earth’s highest peak is actually melting?
A documentary entitled The Age of Stupid will be a revelation to all who spend decades on a planet that is endangered by our blindness.