Climate Action
Four leading conservationists, one mountain,
and the only chance to save the glaciers through climate action!
Climb for Climate Action follows the journey of four conservationists to the highest point in Africa: the summit of Kilimanjaro. With just five years before the iconic glaciers have completely melted, they come into contact with the wildlife that relies on the current climate to survive, and meet the local people that depend upon the glacier-fed rivers to get through day-to-day life. Across the seven day climb they tackle altitude sickness, oxygen deprivation and a near six kilometer vertical ascent in order to send out just one message – climate action must take place now.

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Climb for Climate Action

Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) is losing its ice cover at an alarming rate - it is estimated that all the snow covering the top will disappear by 2020. Loss of ice cover will have devastating effects on the surrounding communities that depend on glacier-fed streams and rivers for their water supply. But not only local people will be affected, numerous animal and plant species will also struggle, and their sole survival will depend on their ability to adapt and cope with climate change. Climate change is happening - now, and we can't stop it. But we can definitely make a change! A change from our own home. It is time for Climate Action!

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Three of the world’s leading eco-scientists and one successful entrepreneur take on a challenge to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro before its ice crown disappears. Their goal is not only to document the changes on the mountain and amazing wildlife whose existence is threatened by them, but also detail local farmers' distress caused by reduced water from streams that had run dry. The 40-50 minutes long documentary will provide ideas for climate action for individuals, and show the highs and lows of the Kilimanjaro climb - forgetting the camera almost 500 feet below you is definitely not a good idea!

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Throughout the documentary the climbers will also explain why planting trees and saving primates and elephants, the ‘Gardeners of the Forest‘, may often be an essential component of efforts to slow dangerous climate change and mitigate its effects. We can all join these efforts as only together we can help those affected (and save ourselves in the end).

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*We already shot the documentary, but now we need your help for post-production costs. We aim to screen the documentary at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris in December 2015, which aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the goal of keeping global warming below 2°C - so our documentary will play really crucial role in these negotiations. We also plan to submit the documentary to the film festival "Green Unplugged", and we plan to distribute it in USA.

Why Kilimanjaro?

At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Despite its close proximity to the equator it is crowned with ice. The glaciers there have existed for more than 11,000 years. They were previously more than 100 feet deep and extended 6,500 feet from the mountain top. However, glaciers constantly evolve. They melt and shrink in dry season but regenerate in the wet. But those annual changes aside, since 1912 Kilimanjaro has lost 82% of its ice cap, and 55% of its remaining glacier fields since 1962. Scientists predict all ice on the mountain may disappear by 2020 due to climate change. And this will lead to changes of habitats for many animal and plant species living there, and cause water loss for numerous communities living in the proximity of Kilimanjaro.

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In an effort to mitigate climate change, we have to reduce the global mean carbon dioxide concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere , which reached over 400 ppm in March 2015, and it is currently increasing at an average of 2 ppm per year. This level is 100 ppm greater than the pre-industrial concentration. Today anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions come primarily from burning fossil fuels, deforestation, agriculture and other land-use changes, and these are the field we have to focus on and try to implement changes.

About the climb

Mount Kilimanjaro has fast become an example of how global climate change is affecting cultural heritage sites. Mount Kilimanjaro has become an example of how global climate change is affecting our natural wonders. That is why “Climb for Climate Action” was organized by Andrew Steel, founder of the PATT Foundation, who work to regenerate deforested areas and who also commissioned the climb. World renowned conservationists Dr. Andrew Steel, Dr. Ian Singleton, Dr. Ian Redmond and Abbie Barnes joined to climb the Uhuru summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on the July 2014 to raise awareness for climate action, and raise funds for their non-profit organizations (for more see Support). They followed the most scenic Machame route through magnificent forests and moorlands to high alpine deserts with amazing views of ice fields. Altogether, the climb took 7 exhausting but rewarding days to complete.

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The Route

Possibly the most scenic route to the summit, Machame boasts different paths to the summit and back. Known as the 'Whiskey Route', this path leads you through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through moorland to the Shira Plateau. Trek through high alpine deserts with amazing views of ice fields, all en route to Uhuru, peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. It offers great scenery beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields before summiting from the higher Barafu Camp.

Short itinerary

DAY 1:
Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Machame Gate, Hike to Machame Camp
DAY 2:
Hike Machame Camp to Shira Camp
DAY 3:
Hike Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
DAY 4:
Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
DAY 5:
Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
DAY 6:
Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp
DAY 7:
Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

About the climb - Kilimanjaro Youtube

Meet the team

IAN REDMOND OBE

Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. For more than 30 years he has been associated with Mountain Gorillas, through research, filming, tourism and conservation work. He was the late Dr. Dian Fossey’s research assistant in Rwanda. This led him into documentary film-making with a helping hand in BBC’s “Life on Earth” and “Gorillas in the Mist”. He assisted our director, Abbie Barnes, on this film.

*He climbed the Kilimanjaro for The Gorilla Organization, The Orangutan Foundation, Wild Futures, The Born Free Foundation, and Ape Alliance.


DR. IAN SINGLETON

Ian Singleton is the Director of Conservation at PanEco Foundation and Scientific Director for the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. Ian is nowadays kept busy working to confiscate illegal pet orangutans and return them to a life in the wild, in field research and monitoring of the remaining wild Sumatran orangutan population, and in efforts to protect their habitat.

*He climbed for Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP).


DR. ANDREW STEEL

Andrew Steel is the founder and chief executive of the PATT Foundation. He is originally from Hull in the north of England but has lived and worked overseas for many years, initially in Sri Lanka and now Thailand. He is an ex-military man who has a background in international management and forestry. He started PATT to address the growing problem of deforestation, particularly within Asia.

*Steel, the organizer of this climb, climbed for the Plant A Tree Today Foundation.


ABBIE BARNES

Abbie Barnes is the founder of Song Thursh Productions. She directed the documentary which showcases the scale of climate change, and the impact it has upon our world. She is a talented teenage camera operator and documented the story of the inspiring individuals who decided to climb Kilimanjaro with PATT. Despite her young age she has received the following awards:

  • One of Six places on the Wildscreen Roar Talent Bursaries

  • Shortlisted for 'The Network',

  • Save Our Oceans, Recycle Your Plastic - shortlisted for the Innsbruck Film Festival 2013, and Winner of the 2013 EcoTales Film Festival

  • Palm Oil - Winner of the 2012 YPTE Eco-Film Competition

  • Action for Nature Eco-Hero Award 2013

  • Young People's Trust For The Environment Film Award 2012


BEN WILLIAMS-BUTT

Ben Williams-Butt is a young filmmaker currently working his way into the film and television industry. Having already written three short films, he is currently using his background in storytelling to develop his craft as an editor. It is his passion for conservation, particularly that of the great apes, that has urged him to work on Climb for Climate Action.


KATY JEDAMZIK

Katy Jedamzik is the Ape Alliance Co-ordinator and has been working with Ian Redmond for 14 years. A zoologist by training Katy has carried out field work in Costa Rica, Queensland Australia, Kenya and Peru and is now responsible for all aspects of running the Ape Alliance as well as being a freelance film editor/producer for NGO’s. Katy will be producing Climb for Climate Action.


IRINA BIRD

Irina Bird is an environmental anthropologist especially enthusiastic about the people-forest relationships. She is a member of PATT Foundation family, and will help Kickstarter campaign running.


Supporters

DOCUMENTARY CREATORS

PATT Foundation (www.pattfoundation.org) is a UK registered charity and a Thailand Foundation operating throughout the Southeast Asia region. We initiate, develop and manage large-scale reforestation projects countering deforestation and climate change. We strive to save the planet by planting trees, educating communities on sustainable forestry and children on the environment.

We are hoping to reach our goal of planting 1 million trees by our 10-year anniversary in November 2015. Our current total stands at 890,018!

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We have developed links with some fantastic organizations who we are working with on this project:

By protecting primates, elephants and other wildlife species, and giving people sustainable livelihoods, these organizations help to maintain healthy forest ecosystems and biodiversity, and counter climate change in Africa and Asia. Primates, sometimes called the ‘Gardeners of the Forest’, are keystone species in tropical forests and woodlands of 32 countries across Africa and Asia. Similarly are elephants sometimes called the ‘Mega-Gardeners of the Forest’ as they feed on grasses, leaves, branches, flowers, roots and – most importantly - fruits, and in doing so they prune the plants, create light-gaps by breaking branches, act as seed dispersal agents, fertilize the soil with their droppings, and are crucial species in 50 countries across Africa and Asia. If we want tropical forests and woodlands to continue storing carbon, generating rainfall and stabilizing our climate for centuries to come, we MUST protect the primates, elephants and other animals beside the trees.

OUR SUPPORTERS

 

Swiss based PanEco Foundation supports and implements projects in nature conservation and environmental education already since 1996. It runs numerous projects in Indonesia and Switzerland with focus on protection of animals and their habitat. PanEco initiated the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) and remains heavily involved in the management, fundraising and implementation of the programme.

 

Kerry Consulting is Singapore's leading Search & Selection firm. Their consulting team is the most experienced, and among the largest, in the ASEAN region. They provide services to many of the world's leading companies and financial institutions, and are committed to creating positive long term outcomes for both their clients and candidates. Their focus is on "Returning the Human to Resourcing". At the same time they passionately protect our environment and wildlife by supporting different non-profit organizations.

 

Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari or YEL is an institution focused on environmental issues and community development, especially of those communities living around conservation areas. It is involved in nature conservation in Indonesia, it improves community awareness towards a sustainable environment, implements environmental education and nature conservation programmes through the conservation of orangutan and the development of eco-tourism, and provides humanitarian aid.

Get in Touch

Have more questions? Contact PATT staff for more information!