19 August 2007

nude on the Aletsch Glacier... getting noticed about climate change

Yesterday (18 August), Greenpeace and renowned photographer Spencer Tunick organised a 'protest' with 600 nude volunteers on the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland to draw attention to climate change.
Without clothes, the human body is vulnerable, exposed, its life or death at the whim of the elements. Global warming is stripping away our glaciers and leaving our entire planet vulnerable to extreme weather, floods, sea-level rise, global decreases in carrying capacity and agricultural production, fresh water shortages, disease and mass human dislocations.

If global warming continues at its current rate, most glaciers in Switzerland will completely disappear by 2080, leaving nothing but valleys and slopes strewn with rock debris. Over the last 150 years, alpine glaciers have reduced in size by approximately one third of their surface and half of their mass, and this melting is accelerating. The Aletsch Glacier retreated 115 metres (377 feet) in a single year from 2005 to 2006.

If world temperatures keep soaring, clothing may indeed end up being optional.

I took Kane on two walks today, in the morning and again in the afternoon. I think he is now familiar with the location of the local lamp posts.

Aside from that, I didn't do much today. After last weekend, it was good to have a restful weekend full of napping.

1 comment:

Bogdan, the editor said...

You know what I just realized? In general, I don't think the human body is a beautiful thing.