At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Despite its close proximity to the equator it is crowned with ice. The glaciers there have existed for more than 11,000 years. They were previously more than 100 feet deep and extended 6,500 feet from the mountain top. However, glaciers constantly evolve. They melt and shrink in dry season but regenerate in the wet. Since 1912, Kilimanjaro has lost 82% of its ice cap, and 55% of its remaining glacier fields since 1962. Scientists predict all ice on the mountain may disappear by 2020.
By February 2013, the global mean carbon dioxide concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere was approaching 396.80 ppm. It is currently increasing at an average of 2 ppm per year, and is 100 ppm greater than the pre-industrial concentration. Anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions come primarily from burning fossil fuels, deforestation, agriculture and other land-use changes.
Planned for July 2014, PATT is organizing a climb for approximately 15 people to the Uhuru summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in order to showcase the effects of climate change on our natural wonders. Following the Macheme Route, the climb will take approximately 9 days to complete.Participants will raise a minimum amount in order to participate in the organized climb. Proceeds will go towards PATT’s campaign of providing environmental education to students in order to increase knowledge and awareness of global climatic issues.