Celebrity climb

by Zahra Hirji
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Located along the path to Mawenzi peak is Zebra Rock, a dark lava outcrop with white streaks of varying width formed from the leaching of overlying white calcium carbonate rocks. Credit: Zahra Hirji.

One billion people are without access to clean water today. When glacial deposits like the one atop Kilimanjaro melt away, that number will increase, some researchers say. To raise awareness about what some people are calling the global clean water crisis, a team of celebrities climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in January in the “Summit On The Summit.”

Calling Mount Kilimanjaro a symbol for world water problems to come, pop-artist Kenna recruited an eclectic star-studded group of 16 actors, singers, activists and explorers, including actors Jessica Biel and Emile Hirsch, to hike up the mountain. In typical celebrity fashion, the celebrities provided tweets, videos, photos and even heart-rate measurements every step of the way. All these things and more can be found at the Summit On The Summit Web site, http://summitonthesummit.com.

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