Tuesday, April 26, 2011

SalaamGarage: Climate Change in the Andes Trip

My friend, Eduardo (He's also CEO & Co-founder of GatherGreen), is leading a trip to Peru to learn about the effects of climate change on some of the most resilient people in the world - the mountain communities of the Andes. It will be from June 29th-July 10th.

The trip is hosted by SalaamGarage (citizen journalism + NGOs = social change). Their overview:

"Digital storytelling, citizen journalism organization that partners with International NGOs and local non-profits. Participants (amateur and professional photographers, writers, videographers, etc.) connect with international NGOs, create and share independent media projects that raise awareness and cause positive change in their online and offline social communities."

More on the program...

NGO: The Mountain Institute – Through its programs and projects in the Andes, TMI promotes the development of long-term livelihoods for mountain people linked to the conservation of their mountain ecosystems.

PROJECTS: http://salaamgarage.com/trips/salaamgarage-peru-may-2011/peru-story-ideas/

Climate Issue: Rising global temperatures are melting away the glaciers in the Andes. These glaciers are disappearing faster than predicted, some estimates say that in 10 years they will all be gone. Peru is home to 70% of the world’s tropical glaciers. The runoff from these glaciers is the main water supply for drinking and agriculture to an entire region of people. The current condition is having a severe impact on the families and communities that have lived on the mountains at high-altitudes for generations. Their stories need to be heard and shared now.

A $500 deposit, due within two weeks of your application, is required to confirm your spot on the trip. Deposits are due June 1. Apply now for this trip by clicking here.

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