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Have you ever wondered why we move irrevocably towards our own destruction?

Me too.

I had the good fortune a few months ago to meet a translator for the UN, she was translating at COP20 in Peru. COP 20 was trying to come to an agreement on targets for reduction of carbon emissions, or the like.

So, living half way up the highest tropical mountain in the world, and therefore being somewhat “out of the loop” I innocently asked her; “So what measures are the UN considering for reducing our population?”

She, even more innocently, replied; “Oh no, you don´t seem to understand, it isn´t a summit on population reduction, it is a summit on reducing Carbon Emissions.”

Me; “Yes, I know that, but how on earth do they think they can reduce emissions as our population continues to increase? Surely they recognize the underlying cause of global climate change as overpopulation of the planet?  Shouldn´t we be treating this cause rather than the symptom? If a patient is losing weight, because they have a tapeworm, do we feed them more, or do we treat the tapeworm?”

So there you have my take on it, keep it simple stupid, these bureaucrats seem to be overcomplicating it.

Instill population reduction measures, through education, and our planet will slowly, but surely get better. Of course rather strong assumption here, that we haven´t passed the tipping point already. But in true British fashion, just because a battle is already lost, doesn´t mean that it isn´t worth fighting anyway.

“So why aren´t we doing this?” I hear you ask. Well here we come to a rather painful truth. Continued economic growth is built into the macro economic model of the western world, changing that model would be very painful for lots of very influential people, and the rest of us too. Sorry, I´ve lost you. Let me tell you a little story to make it more digestible.

It was October 1994, I had just started a course in Economics and Accountancy at Bristol University, UK. YAWN, lost you again. I had studied Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths at A-levels, and won a Senior exhibition in them. So I wash´t too shoddy at the sciences, was I bordering on genius? Perhaps, but then I would never admit to that and definitely would never bring it up.

Anyway so there I am sat in the Physics lecture hall, with about 200 students, just two weeks into a course I had no idea about and certainly had not yet been indoctrinated into, listening to Dr. Nigel Duck lecturing on “a” macro economic model, which was based on continued growth.

I was kind of listening, and then the alarm bells went off. No not the fire alarm, the ones in my head, dumb arse.  So I put my hand up, and wasn´t even noticed.

Me; “Ahhhhem, professor, quick question.” hand still in the air like some pre-pubescent kid.

Him: “Yes?”

Me:” I think this macro economic model is broken.”

Him; “Really? and your name?”

“Charlie Good”

Him;”and how long have you been studying economics Charlie?”

Me (undeterred) “About 2 weeks sir.” (wasn´t I brought up well!)

Him; “Ok go on Charlie, let´s hear it.”

Me; ” May I ask a couple of questions first?””Yes, sure, fire away.””Does continued growth require more and more people?” “yes””Consuming more and more resources?””Yes””On a finite planet?””Yes, I suppose so.””Well then it is broken then, isn´t it!””How so?””Well if you take this to its logical conclusion, then the planet will be so overpopulated, with nowhere for us to even stand, with all the habitats cut down, with all the resources used up and no oxygen for us to even breathe”

“No Charlie, this model has always worked and will continue to work, this is the macroeconomic model for the  entire western world. May we now continue”…. indoctrination, no logical response, as long as we are covering the course material.

I felt like saying; “Well no actually, I would really like resolution on this, sooner or later this will be the downfall of everything” of course I didn´t say anything, but I certainly didn´t feel foolish either.

Just look at us 20 years later…… how are we looking? Does our  macro economic world look quite so robust now?

Let´s get one thing STRAIGHT!!!

The economy of the planet REQUIRES the ecology of the planet for it to function. One would say that the ecology is a constraint for the economy. A constraint that we are fast approaching.

The ecology of the planet DOES NOT REQUIRE the economy of the planet for it to function.

So let´s get our priorities absolutely clear. ECOLOGY #1

ECONOMY a not even close #2.

Will we suffer by reducing our population and shifting to a different model? YES we will suffer a lot. Does it have to be done? YES sooner or later, and the sooner we do it, the less painful it will be.

Let´s base the model on an acceptable level of welfare /happiness and not maximization of profits, and therefore the continued growth model.

The new model would need a lot of work, and a lot of people working on it (even) brighter than me, it would be difficult to design, and even harder to implement. Does that mean that we should´t bother? Hell no!!!

Don´t get me onto the coming collapse that I predicted at 19 years of age, or the book Collapse by Jared Diamond, or the book Emergency by Neil Stauss ( a bit off a comedy – but one very succinct point). Or the state of the Oceans, or the specific heat capacity of water and the latent heat of fusion of water.

Did you know?

1.) that the energy it takes to change a block of ice at 0c to water at 0c will heat the same water up to 79c. That water expands significantly as it heats up. That a thermopile is created on the oceans over a certain temperature.

2.) That ice reflects 4 times more solar energy than water.

do you understand the implications for our planet? you got me back onto tipping point again! Yawn…….

Best Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Huascaran-National-Park-View-From-Lake 69-to-Pisco-Refuge

Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru is ever increasingly in demand and sought after by a growing international audience of travellers, hikers and keen mountaineers alike. If you have ever visited the region and set eyes on the plethora of peaks and limitless trekking options, then you need not question why it is has such a formidable trekking and mountaineering reputation throughout the world.

The region boasts a wide range of trekking and mountaineering options catering for different abilities, with 70+ pristine snow-capped peaks over 5,500m and an abundance of aquamarine glacial lakes that change year-to-year, adding to the destinations diversity. Whether you prefer day-treks, multi-day camping excursions or gnarly razor-edge peaks, you won´t be disappointed.

Llanganuco Lakes with Cordillera Negra in backgroundView of Lake 69, cordillera blanca

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day-treks in the Huascaran National Park are simply breathtaking make no mistake. The Llanganuco Lakes and Lake 69 treks are the real stars of the show and the most sought after by tourists and travelers (watch more day treks). The surprisingly surreal colours of the lakes and views back down the vertiginous valley shrouded by the black menacing cliff faces, creates a true feeling of nostalgia and admiration for nature in its rawest form.

Amongst the most popular multi-day treks in the region are the Santa Cruz and Huayhuash excursions, providing hikers with an intensive but accessible tour into the heart of the mountain valleys. The trail runs through small indigenous villages, before cutting into the epicenter of the Cordillera Blanca, where you will be handsomely rewarded for your trekking efforts, with views of the picturesque Alpamayo. Mt. Pisco (watch video) is amongst one of the most accessible and attainable peaks at 5,570m and with relatively little technical climbing knowledge, an experienced guide and a good set of lungs, you will be in good shape for a successful attempt.

Mt. Huascaran the view from the top

However, for the well seasoned and accomplished mountaineers there are plenty of challenging peaks that require a high level of technical ability and a no fear attitude. Alpamayo, Huandoy and Artesonraju are amongst the most challenging and pull in some of the most dedicated climbers from all nooks and crannies around the globe. The high altitude climber’s don´t miss out either, with a playground of 25+ peaks over 6,000m including the highest mountain in the earth’s tropics Mt. Huascaran, 6768m.

If you were worried about park restrictions and high entrance fees, rest assured. The entrance to the Huascaran National Park comes in at modest $25 for up to a month’s access and to date, there are no red tape restrictions on any of the peaks or paths. With the climbing season running from May through to September with long periods of dry and sunny weather, the window for summit attempts and optimal weather conditions for trekking alike are fairly limitless.

So now you know where to go for unbeatable trekking and mountaineering, but one question still remains – where to stay? Look no further as Llanganuco Mountain Lodge not only specialises in trekking and acclimatization, but also has an unrivalled location that you can´t compete with.

Llanganuco Mountain Lodge

Llanganuco Mountain Lodge was built by brit, Charlie Good, with trekking, a love for adventure and a loathing for wasted time on tour buses at its heart. The lodge is now the NO: 1 trekking lodge and best situated trekking lodge in the Cordillera Blanca & Andes mountain range. Situated just 25 minutes walk from the entrance to the Huascaran National Park it is in an extremely privileged and unique location, which no other lodge can compete with making it the ONLY dedicated trekking lodge in the Cordillera Blanca.

Llanganuco Mountain Lodge Superior RoomLlanganuco Mountain Lodge Superior Room View

 

 

 

Nestled amongst the giants of the range and towered over by the 3 highest peaks in the Cordillera Blanca, Llanganuco Mountain Lodge offers over 12 world-class day-treks from its very own doorstep, using local guides & resources. The lodge aims to provide clients with an affordable, comfortable and friendly service, whilst allowing them the time to explore the highlights of the region instead of wasting time on tour buses traveling to/from Huaraz.

If you are considering coming to the best destination for affordable, high-altitude mountain climbing and first-class trekking combined then Llanganuco Mountain lodge is the place to stay.

For inquiries and reservations please visit our website.

LML NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL

 

Llanganuco Mountain Lodge New YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/llanganucolodge

We are delighted to announce that our new YouTube channel has  gone live!!!!

Please make sure that you SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL, as we are going to be posting more video updates of our treks, adventures and much more of what goes on “behind the scenes” in Llanganuco Mountain Lodge.

We intend for our channel to be a hub for those who want to see and experience real, genuine  footage of what we offer at LML and all the first class trekking that goes with it in the Cordillera Blanca.  Get ready for a raw insight into the true beauty of the surrounding area and see what you are missing!

Be sure to stay tuned for more videos and posts.

The LML Team