I’ve met farmers who eke a livelihood in the high Andes, and saw how completely dependent they are on water from yet higher. But that water above in many places is drying up from actions of us humans — grazing cattle on the fragile páramo and contributing to global warming. When my son, Eliot, showed me this CNN story of how this passionate man is trying to bring back a glacier, my first reaction was: what’s really in that paint, what are the unintended circumstances?
Then I slept on it. At least he’s trying something. If we try nothing, our results will be nothing. Not even a few lessons learned. Says hockey great Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
And if it works, and I pray that it will, how incredible!