This expedition will allow us to see, first hand, the devastating effects that climate change is having on snow levels in one of the most threatened climates on earth. As skiers, we are aware of the effects that climate change can have on the sport we love and the landscapes that we explore. In the hope to spread this message and inspire change, this expedition will be carried out in collaboration with the Climate Reality Project. With their support, we hope to motivate snow sports enthusiasts to approach the sport in a new way by promoting climate awareness and change towards sustainable development.
While one of our goals during this expedition is to travel with the lowest carbon footprint possible, at this time it is necessary for us to use less sustainable modes of transport to travel return from the USA to Greenland. In an attempt to remedy this, we will be employing carbon offsets for our flights and any other major carbon consumption.
The Current Climate Situation in Greenland
80% of Greenland is covered by a giant ice sheet, which in recent years has been melting at a rate five times more than the mid-1990s due to climate change. This melting process releases massive amounts of carbon dioxide, which had been frozen in the ice, into the atmosphere.
Over the last two decades the ice sheet has lost 2.94 trillion metric tons of ice. Between 2003-2008, Greenland’s glaciers and ice caps contribute about 50 billion metric tons of water to the global sea level each year
What if the Ice Sheet Melted?
The world would experience extreme changes to the salinity and temperature profile balance of the ocean, which has the potential to interrupt the deep ocean circulation- a key regulator of our weather system. The melt water would contribute 25% more water to the total global sea level, which in turn poses increased risk of flooding and storm surges to coastal populations around the globe.
More destabilizing weather patterns and an increase in blocking patterns are likely to occur, which are a breeding ground for extreme weather such as events like Hurricane Sandy in 2012
What’s the Solution?
To curb climate change, we need to transition away from energy like oil and coal to clean energy that we don’t have to burn, like wind and solar. These solutions- available today- are not only good for our climate, but better for our health.
Climate Reality Project
The Climate Reality Project is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing social consensus around climate change. With a global movement more than 2 million strong and a grassroots network of trained Climate Leaders, we are spreading the truth and unleashing the cultural momentum to solve the climate crisis. The Climate Reality Project is founded and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore.