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The WordPress Daily Prompt states this:  “Think global, act local.”  Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one.”

Words failed us.  We were no longer comfortably numb!

Words failed us. We were no longer comfortably numb!

“At 6,268 metres (20,564 ft) ”Chimbo,” the highest peak in Ecuador and the farthest point from the center of the earth on the planet, will forever be branded in our hearts!”

(Above photo and quote from: Mystical Andes, published here on November 16, 2012.)

Several pages on my screen reflected an environmental issue as I pondered today’s WordPress Daily Prompt.  This post grants me an easy way to share those global concerns with you.

Ecuador’s amazing diversity of climate affects me on many levels;  we have several mini climates along the Pacific coast, from arid almost desert-like conditions to lush tropical areas near the Colombian border with dry rain forests in between.  We have pockets and stretches of cloud forests, the Amazon basin, and those captivating snow-capped peaks of the Andes.    People either believe that global warming is a serious issue, or they claim that it’s an ongoing cyclic pattern, and that man has little influence on what happens.

How can one have a bad day when views like this soothe the senses?

How can one have a bad day when views like this soothe the senses? (over 15,000 feet, Volcano Cayambe is the highest point on our world’s equator!)

Several WordPress friends have addressed this issue lately;   Read “Musings of an old Fart’s” Here Comes The Sun and Hugh Curlter’s Scientific Ignorance and Whole Foods.   Hugh often manages to trigger a chuckle as he injects his personality into his writings about serious matters.

These global-warming issues hit home here in Ecuador, where an avalanche of recent reports states the alarming details of our vanishing Andean snowcaps.

This article from 2006 features Ecuador’s melting snowcaps.  Early Signs:  Melting Ice Caps in Ecuador

First-of-the-year 2013 reports came from NBC, Aol, and many other respected sites that report sobering statistics:

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50552654/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.UQ1R-6XoRRE

http://weather.aol.com/2013/01/22/andes-glaciers-vanishing-rapidly-study-finds/

http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0122-hance-andes-glaciers.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&

When I ponder these reports, an inner struggle wars inside of me;  there’s that alarm bell dinging loudly that says ‘HELP STOP THIS!”  answered by a smaller voice that says, But how?

We all have suggestions of what to do, how to stop it, but those suggestions point to other areas out of our control. What can we do to help pull our planet out of a straight-down auger into global destruction?

“When the American poet poet Gary Snyder was once asked to discuss at length how individuals could best help resolve the environmental crisis, he responded with two words: “Stay put.” ‘ (Wade Davis/Shadows in the Sun)

(Chimbo through binoculars)  Will this classic icon lose its classic life-giving crown of snow?

(Volcano Chimborazo through binoculars) Will this classic icon lose its classic life-giving crown of snow?

(Commercial Break: De Wets Wild reminds us that today is  World Wetlands Day, another global topic dear to my heart!)  Now back to our story:

I’ll leave with you this amazing video that my friend Michael Godfrey shared with me. Open it in the large window, turn up the volume and sit back and be ready to be dumbfounded.  The stats at the end are hard to challenge.  Here’s the video:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/hC3VTgIPoGU?rel=0

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