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I, Clint McCune, and my best friend and soundman John Mower, are about to embark on a pilgrimage to the highest mountain, to inspire a nation, and the world, through music. Our message is one of hope and responsible stewardship of this planet we call home. March begins the 7 Summits Foundation’s "Stop Global Warming" concert tour, along the Mt. Everest Base Camp Trail, shining a light on the effects of climate change to Mama Everest.

Our 17-day trek starts in Kathmandu where we will join six other musicians from Nepal. We will be making stops in places like Lukla, Namche Bazaar, and Thangboche Monastery to play for student groups, families, and communities. As a musician, I will get the opportunity to do what I do best, connect with the Nepalese people by sharing stories and music.  The final concert of the tour will be in Kathmandu as we celebrate and connect with policy makers to inspire change.

The Concert Series

The "Stop Global Warming" concert series will be held in several locations along the Mt. Everest Base Camp trail. 

The tour dates are:

*March 20th concert in Namche Bazaar, Nepal

*March, 27th Concert in Lukla, Nepal streamed live to soultribetv.com

*April 1st concert in Salleri, Nepal streamed live to soultribetv.com

*April 6th concert in Kathmandu, Nepal streamed live to soultribetv.com

This team will be led by Ang Chhering Sherpa, who holds the record for climbing the world’s seven highest summit in just 42 days, and in association with the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 committee.

Why Everest?

As responsible stewards of our environment, we believe it is our responsibility to speak up for those whose voices may not be heard. With the help of our trusted guide, we will bring our message of awareness and right action to one of the most seriously affected ecosystems we have. The 15,000 glaciers of the Himalayas, which collectively constitute the largest body of ice outside the polar caps, are reported to be receding faster than anywhere on Earth. Some 2,000 have melted since the 1950s. Instead of snow accumulation in winter, summer monsoon rains are hitting Himalayan glaciers. The Dokriani Barnak glacier has receded about 0.8 kilometer since 1990. If Himalayan glaciers recede at this rapid rate, they could be gone in your lifetime.

Evidence suggests that the Earth's average temperature is becoming warmer. Because atmospheric warming will be most readily apparent in the melting of perennial and permanent ice, and because most glaciers are small relative to vast ice sheets and expansive sea ice , glaciers are important indicators of climate change. Approximately 160,000 glaciers are found on Earth; more than 40 have been monitored since (at least) the 1980s. One of these monitoring projects is Global Land Ice Measurement from Space (GLIMS), which uses laser altimetry to help determine glacier volume. The results of such observations are clear: Earth's glaciers are disappearing.

Massive flooding is predicted in areas where glaciers are receding, particularly in the Himalayas. By one estimate, 20 percent of Bangledesh will be under water by 2020 if the current rate of glacier melting continues.

The absence of glaciers will have a significant effect on late summer streamflow and stream temperature in mountainous watersheds (drainage basins). Both of these properties are important in maintaining fish populations. In streams historically dependent on meltwater, sufficient quantities of meltwater must be present to ensure adequate habitats for stream biota, and to keep stream water cool. Temperatures too warm, often above only 13°C (55°F), may have an impact on the survival of young fish. Moreover, many sources of drinking water for large cities in mountainous regions would be negatively affected by the loss of glaciers because the streams that supply their water will flow at a considerably lower volume.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is trying to assess the impact of humans on global climate. Scientists disagree over the actual cause of rising temperatures and to what degree greenhouse gases are responsible. With respect to the recession of glaciers, some scientists claim that the melting effects have been exaggerated and that recently observed melting events are due to natural variation in Earth's climate. Yet all seem to agree that the nature of the melting events and the underlying causes need to be better understood.

Based on comments by Dennis O. Nelson.

Read more about Global Warming and Glaciers:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis. Geneva, Switzerland: World Meteorological Organization and UN Environment Programme, 2001.

World Data Center for Glaciology.
The National Snow and Ice Data Center:

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