Greenpeace team starts Mount Logan climb for action on climate change

Feature story - June 9, 2010
(Mount Logan, Yukon) — A Greenpeace team has started its expedition to the summit of Mount Logan to send a message to G8/G20 leaders that the world needs urgent action on climate change.

Jean Philippe Leblanc, Frederic Bleau and Pierre Boutin before their expedition begins.

The team of three climbers left base camp Monday and hopes to reach the summit within a week, depending on the weather. The descent is expected to take three days. The team includes Greenpeace Canada voluntary climb leader Frederic Bleau from Montreal and experienced climbers Pierre Boutin, a teacher from Saint Adele, and Jean Philippe Leblanc, an adventure and mountaineering guide from Montreal.

 

The climbers have stressed the difficulty of the climb, during which they’ll face extreme weather and temperatures below freezing. Only about 25 per cent of climbers who tackle Mount Logan reach the peak.

 The Greenpeace expedition to the second highest peak in North America was planned in advance of the G8/G20 meetings in Huntsville, and Toronto, Ont., from June 25 and 27, to capture the attention of world leaders and pressure them to take action on climate change.

Mount Logan

“We are embarking on this risky journey to the highest peak in Canada because we need the G8/G20 leaders to aim higher and act to combat the climate crisis,” said Bleau. “We need them to take action at the upcoming summit because the risks of more inaction on climate change are simply too great."

 

Canadians think climate change should be the top priority at the G8 and G20 meetings and Greenpeace agrees. However, leaked drafts of G8/G20 communiqués indicate climate change may not be a high-priority topic for the meetings. According to the Global Humanitarian Forum, over 300,000 people will die this year alone due to climate change.

“World leaders have the power to prevent catastrophic climate change,” said Dave Martin, Greenpeace climate and energy policy adviser. “Greenpeace wants the G8/G20 leaders to establish stronger reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions, provide leadership on a green economy, end fossil subsidies and provide financing for developing countries to fight climate change.”

Greenpeace this week released an updated study on sustainable energy, Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook, which outlines a blueprint for developing a 100-per-cent renewable energy supply for the world.

More pictures of the Mount Logan Expedition