|The painting team approaching the peak of Chalon Sombero, Peru|
The rocks are painted by an amazing effort of throwing whitewash on rocks one bucket at a time--a hardy people carrying one bucket at a time over rock by rock on this mountainous terrain! So far, 15,000 square meters have been covered with whitewash. Sounds impressive? It is, when viewed by rock by rock, but it's only three times the area of a football field. Gold estimates that it will take three BILLION square meters, or 500,000 football fields, to restore a glacier here. the cost would be 1.5 billion over 5 years, a huge sum for a small village in Peru. The UN has given him a startup grant to pursue the project.
But, carrying this further--I never doubt the ingenuity of the human brain. Given proposals to load the atmosphere with sulfur dioxide to create a yellow haze to reflect sunlight, isn't it logical to think that someone will propose that if six billion people were throw just a few buckets each of whitewash on our fields, farms, and mountains we could cool the globe?? .....definitely need to think about this...