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Guardians of the glaciers

Ice constitutes the second largest source of freshwater on the planet and 70 percent of the world’s tropical glaciers are found in Peru.

Located in Cusco, the Quelccaya Ice Cap is the largest tropical glacier in the world, covering an area equivalent to more than 9,000 soccer fields. However, due to accelerated melting it is receding by 60 meters (195 feet) a year and some studies have determined that it will disappear in the next 30 years if global greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced.

As the climate crisis takes hold, the ice caps melts and the inhabitants of the communities, who live on the slopes and close to the glaciers, are directly impacted by the retreating.