Peruvian Painter to White-Wash the Andean Mountains

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

At Lakeside Painting’s office, I came across this madcap idea in Painting & Wallcovering Contractor.  Apparently a Peruvian man won the World Bank’s “100 Ideas to Save the Planet” with the slightly daft idea to white-wash the Andean Mountains to save the vanishing glaciers.  To some the idea is absurd, to others its potentially brilliant.

The man is an inventor named Eduardo Gold, and he read up on glaciers before settling on a painting technique used since colonial times.  The paint is made from three environmentally-friendly ingredients: lime, industrial egg-white and water.  Painters then splash the mixture onto mountainous rocks with buckets.  No paint brushes.  It has taken the painters two weeks to paint two hectares of Chalon Sombrero peak, which is 4,756 metres above sea level.


Gold believes that the white-washed mountains will reflect sunlight back up into the atmosphere, maintaining the cold climate, instead of absorbing the light, which warms the ground.  In essence, Gold would be creating a micro climate around the peak and thus allow the mountain to ‘grow’ a glacier.  The inventor plans to paint the entire summit, then move on to two other peaks.


Time will tell if Gold will be proven right.


Quite different from Southeastern Wisconsin painting, but interesting nonetheless.

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