SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro

We’re off the mountain!

Today we trekked 5 hours down Mt. Kilimanjaro and are reacclimating to the elevation. It feels good to be down, to have the climb under our belts… What a journey! We’re fueling ourselves with a much needed night of rest, but please stay tuned for more Climber Blogs and posts about the summit adventure and reflections on the climb!

And don’t forget, you can still send water!

To donate water, please visit the Summit on the Summit website

To the TOP!

Picture Highlights

(stay tuned for more Climber Blog Posts!)

The thrill of conquering your fears especially in such a physically and mentally taxing environment can’t really be done justice in words.
Lupe Fiasco
WE MADE IT TO THE SUMMIT!!!
We will post an update soon from Kenna and the rest of the Summit on the Summit climb team!
 Official Press Release Below:
KENNA AND THE ENTIRE SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT TEAM REACH THE PEAK OF MT. KILIMANJARO TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE GLOBAL CLEAN WATER CRISISJanuary 12, 2010 (19,340 Ft, Mt Kilimanjaro) – Kenna, Grammy-nominated musician, philanthropist, “actionist” and mastermind behind SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro, was joined at the top of Africa’s largest free standing mountain with fellow climbers Lupe Fiasco, Isabel Lucas, Emile Hirsch, Jessica Biel, Santigold, Elizabeth Gore, Alexandra Cousteau, Bernise Ang, Kick Kennedy, Simon Isaacs, Michael Muller, Jimmy Chin, Melissa Arnot and Dr. Greg Allgood.  In an unprecedented movement, millions of people joined the climbers for the week long trek on www.summitonthesummit.com, where they were also able to be a part of the world’s first virtual mountain climb and literally follow their favorite climbers to the top.After a successful climb that saw each and every person on the expedition reach the top of Kilimanjaro, Kenna reflected, “Even with as many grandiose illusions that I have had, this has gone beyond my wildest dreams and expectations. The influencers, educators, staff, crew, and publicists have literally braved this on behalf of the world and in a personally meaningful way on behalf of my father.” Fellow climbers Lupe Fiasco and Emile Hirsch shared their thoughts after summiting.  Hirsch said, “The last 48 hours have been the most intense and physically grueling experience of my life, miraculously we all made it to the top together. To have such a complete success for such a worthwhile cause – the global clean water crisis - more than reaching the summit is what is really satisfying ” Lupe added, “The thrill of conquering your fears especially in such a physically and mentally taxing environment can’t really be done justice in words.”After six intense days of hiking and climbing, the group set out for their final trek at 1:30am local time and after nearly seven hours reached the Uhuru peak which generally has only a 75% success rate. Each participant battled a plethora of physical and natural elements over the past week to make the ascent.  Between coping with weather ranging from rain, hail, snow and the effects of altitude, including headaches, dizziness and fatigue among other ailments all made the over 50 mile journey that much more arduous.   Immediately after summiting, the group descended for an additional six plus hours of hiking to 12000 feet, where they will make their final night of camp.SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro was a call to action to raise awareness  of  the global clean water crisis and funds to benefit The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Water For People’s Playpump Technology.  The expedition and the dramatic final ascent were also recorded for a special documentary that will air on MTV on March 14th at 9pm/8pm CST.  The documentary is being produced by Radical Media, Procter & Gamble Productions and Fury League Inc. For Kenna, the vision behind SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro stems from his drive to create a greater good for our youth and has personal meaning as his father was deeply affected by water-borne illness as a child in Ethiopia and his uncle had passed away from a related illness’ as well.  The climbers of SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro have been blogging and discussing the issue of water alongside educators who are leaders at the forefront of global issues. As a team they have been learning of solutions to the problem, discussing how to improve social awareness and embracing the idea that they are now an example for influencing ways to take action and giving back to those with little or nothing. Kenna added, “I also can’t be more thankful for all the people that followed us, donated and have fought the global clean water crisis with us.” Supporters followed the action and were able to interact with the climbers through the SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro website (www.summitonthesummit.com) which has been updated daily with photos, videos and information about the climb and the cause.  There has also been a major presence and call to action on Facebook, Twitter (@sotsk) and dedicated climber blog (www.sotsk.tumblr.com).  SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro would not have happened without the generous support of its partners, which include HP, the official technology partner, PŪR Water Filtration, who provided water filtration solutions, Windows 7, as the official Expedition Software, First Ascent by Eddie Bauer, who outfitted the entire climb, and REVO, the official eye wear. All funds raised by SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro will be managed and distributed through the United Nations Foundation, the project’s charitable advisors.About HPHP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.About PŪR and the Children’s Safe Drinking Water ProgramPŪR™ Water Filtration Systems, a Procter & Gamble (NYSE: P&G) brand and a leader in the water filtration category, is committed to providing clean drinking water in the U.S. and improving lives around the world along with P&G global corporate cause, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program. The CSDW Program utilizes a water purifying technology developed by PŪR scientists to help prevent water-related diseases by providing clean drinking water to children in developing countries. This technology is a small, easy-to-use powder sachet that removes impurities from dirty water. With every purchase of a home PŪR Water Filtration System PŪR donates a week’s worth of clean drinking water to a child in the developing world. For more information on PŪR, visit www.PŪRwater.com. To make a donation to Children’s Safe Drinking Water or see how the technology works, visit www.csdw.org.  About Procter & Gamble Three billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including PUR®, Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Gain®, Pringles®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Actonel®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun® and Fusion®. The P&G community includes approximately 135,000 employees working in about 80 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.About UN FoundationThe UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.  We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress.  The UN Foundation’s work - focused on select global problems - is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations.About Water For People’s Playpump TechnologyWater for People’s Playpump Technology is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping improve the lives of children and their families by providing access to clean drinking water, enhancing public health, and offering play equipment to millions across Africa.  Water for People’s Playpump Technology has donated PlayPump water systems to schools and communities in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia.  For more information, visit www.playpumps.org.About UNHCRThe Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than five decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 6,600 people in more than 110 countries continues to help about 34 million persons.
About First AscentFirst Ascent is Eddie Bauer’s new line of expedition quality mountaineering gear and apparel developed by some of the world’s best mountain guides.  First Ascent will provide all of the climbing apparel and gear for the “Summit on the Summit” expedition.  For more information, visit firstascent.com. About Expedition Software by Windows 7Windows 7 was designed to make your PC simple and the things you do every day easier. Simplicity was our mantra. So when we understood from Kenna just how difficult it was for millions around the world to access clean drinking water, we wanted to help by bringing the performance and reliability of Windows 7 to the expedition and help raise awareness for the Cause.  Windows 7 is proud to join our partner HP as the official Expedition Software of Summit on the Summit.HP’s Thin and Light notebooks and high-performance PC’s will run Windows 7 software. Windows 7 with advanced power management technology provides superior computing performance while extending the battery life for portable computers—crucial during the climb. Power enhancement technologies significantly reduce power usage and CO2 emissions. On a global scale, Windows 7 offers consumers and enterprises dramatic ways to reduce their environmental impact.  Learn more  We support the climb for clean water and urge you to do the same. Discover Windows 7 hereAbout RevoIn 1985, Revo began as a small sunglass brand with a big idea: technology used by NASA was just as suited for sunglasses as it was for telescopes and satellites. The idea proved revolutionary, as Revo created the most advanced polarized sunglasses on Earth. Revo continues its rich tradition of innovation by creating the clearest and most advanced polarized sunglasses made with Revo Polarcast(TM) technology. Revo is also conscious of the world’s social and ecological challenges, and strives to act in a responsible and active way. Revo Re-Use(TM) frames are one way of taking responsibility, utilizing materials from 100 percent recycled pre-consumer polymer resins. Targeted toward the active sport and lifestyle consumer, the 100 percent polarized eyewear collection is available at authorized Revo retail locations nationwide. Revo is held by the Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUX; MTA: LUX), a Milan, Italy-based global leader in premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Additional information is available at www.revo.com.

WE MADE IT TO THE SUMMIT!!!

We will post an update soon from Kenna and the rest of the Summit on the Summit climb team!

Official Press Release Below:

KENNA AND THE ENTIRE SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT TEAM
REACH THE PEAK OF MT. KILIMANJARO
TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE GLOBAL CLEAN WATER CRISIS


January 12, 2010 (19,340 Ft, Mt Kilimanjaro) – Kenna, Grammy-nominated musician, philanthropist, “actionist” and mastermind behind SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro, was joined at the top of Africa’s largest free standing mountain with fellow climbers Lupe Fiasco, Isabel Lucas, Emile Hirsch, Jessica Biel, Santigold, Elizabeth Gore, Alexandra Cousteau, Bernise Ang, Kick Kennedy, Simon Isaacs, Michael Muller, Jimmy Chin, Melissa Arnot and Dr. Greg Allgood.  In an unprecedented movement, millions of people joined the climbers for the week long trek on www.summitonthesummit.com, where they were also able to be a part of the world’s first virtual mountain climb and literally follow their favorite climbers to the top.

After a successful climb that saw each and every person on the expedition reach the top of Kilimanjaro, Kenna reflected, “Even with as many grandiose illusions that I have had, this has gone beyond my wildest dreams and expectations. The influencers, educators, staff, crew, and publicists have literally braved this on behalf of the world and in a personally meaningful way on behalf of my father.”

Fellow climbers Lupe Fiasco and Emile Hirsch shared their thoughts after summiting.  Hirsch said, “The last 48 hours have been the most intense and physically grueling experience of my life, miraculously we all made it to the top together. To have such a complete success for such a worthwhile cause – the global clean water crisis - more than reaching the summit is what is really satisfying ” Lupe added, “The thrill of conquering your fears especially in such a physically and mentally taxing environment can’t really be done justice in words.”

After six intense days of hiking and climbing, the group set out for their final trek at 1:30am local time and after nearly seven hours reached the Uhuru peak which generally has only a 75% success rate. Each participant battled a plethora of physical and natural elements over the past week to make the ascent.  Between coping with weather ranging from rain, hail, snow and the effects of altitude, including headaches, dizziness and fatigue among other ailments all made the over 50 mile journey that much more arduous.   Immediately after summiting, the group descended for an additional six plus hours of hiking to 12000 feet, where they will make their final night of camp.

SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro was a call to action to raise awareness  of  the global clean water crisis and funds to benefit The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Water For People’s Playpump Technology.  The expedition and the dramatic final ascent were also recorded for a special documentary that will air on MTV on March 14th at 9pm/8pm CST.  The documentary is being produced by Radical Media, Procter & Gamble Productions and Fury League Inc.

For Kenna, the vision behind SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro stems from his drive to create a greater good for our youth and has personal meaning as his father was deeply affected by water-borne illness as a child in Ethiopia and his uncle had passed away from a related illness’ as well. 

The climbers of SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro have been blogging and discussing the issue of water alongside educators who are leaders at the forefront of global issues. As a team they have been learning of solutions to the problem, discussing how to improve social awareness and embracing the idea that they are now an example for influencing ways to take action and giving back to those with little or nothing.

Kenna added, “I also can’t be more thankful for all the people that followed us, donated and have fought the global clean water crisis with us.” Supporters followed the action and were able to interact with the climbers through the SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro website (www.summitonthesummit.com) which has been updated daily with photos, videos and information about the climb and the cause.  There has also been a major presence and call to action on Facebook, Twitter (@sotsk) and dedicated climber blog (www.sotsk.tumblr.com). 

SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro would not have happened without the generous support of its partners, which include HP, the official technology partner, PŪR Water Filtration, who provided water filtration solutions, Windows 7, as the official Expedition Software, First Ascent by Eddie Bauer, who outfitted the entire climb, and REVO, the official eye wear. All funds raised by SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro will be managed and distributed through the United Nations Foundation, the project’s charitable advisors.

About HP
HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

About PŪR and the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program
PŪR™ Water Filtration Systems, a Procter & Gamble (NYSE: P&G) brand and a leader in the water filtration category, is committed to providing clean drinking water in the U.S. and improving lives around the world along with P&G global corporate cause, the Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program. The CSDW Program utilizes a water purifying technology developed by PŪR scientists to help prevent water-related diseases by providing clean drinking water to children in developing countries. This technology is a small, easy-to-use powder sachet that removes impurities from dirty water. With every purchase of a home PŪR Water Filtration System PŪR donates a week’s worth of clean drinking water to a child in the developing world. For more information on PŪR, visit www.PŪRwater.com. To make a donation to Children’s Safe Drinking Water or see how the technology works, visit www.csdw.org

About Procter & Gamble
Three billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including PUR®, Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Gain®, Pringles®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Actonel®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun® and Fusion®. The P&G community includes approximately 135,000 employees working in about 80 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

About UN Foundation
The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.  We build partnerships, grow constituencies, mobilize resources and advocate policy changes to support the UN’s work for individual and global progress.  The UN Foundation’s work - focused on select global problems - is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations.

About Water For People’s Playpump Technology
Water for People’s Playpump Technology is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping improve the lives of children and their families by providing access to clean drinking water, enhancing public health, and offering play equipment to millions across Africa.  Water for People’s Playpump Technology has donated PlayPump water systems to schools and communities in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia.  For more information, visit www.playpumps.org.

About UNHCR
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than five decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 6,600 people in more than 110 countries continues to help about 34 million persons.

About First Ascent
First Ascent is Eddie Bauer’s new line of expedition quality mountaineering gear and apparel developed by some of the world’s best mountain guides.  First Ascent will provide all of the climbing apparel and gear for the “Summit on the Summit” expedition.  For more information, visit firstascent.com.

About Expedition Software by Windows 7
Windows 7 was designed to make your PC simple and the things you do every day easier. Simplicity was our mantra. So when we understood from Kenna just how difficult it was for millions around the world to access clean drinking water, we wanted to help by bringing the performance and reliability of Windows 7 to the expedition and help raise awareness for the Cause.  Windows 7 is proud to join our partner HP as the official Expedition Software of Summit on the Summit.

HP’s Thin and Light notebooks and high-performance PC’s will run Windows 7 software. Windows 7 with advanced power management technology provides superior computing performance while extending the battery life for portable computers—crucial during the climb. Power enhancement technologies significantly reduce power usage and CO2 emissions. On a global scale, Windows 7 offers consumers and enterprises dramatic ways to reduce their environmental impact.  Learn more  We support the climb for clean water and urge you to do the same. Discover Windows 7 here

About Revo
In 1985, Revo began as a small sunglass brand with a big idea: technology used by NASA was just as suited for sunglasses as it was for telescopes and satellites. The idea proved revolutionary, as Revo created the most advanced polarized sunglasses on Earth. Revo continues its rich tradition of innovation by creating the clearest and most advanced polarized sunglasses made with Revo Polarcast(TM) technology. Revo is also conscious of the world’s social and ecological challenges, and strives to act in a responsible and active way. Revo Re-Use(TM) frames are one way of taking responsibility, utilizing materials from 100 percent recycled pre-consumer polymer resins. Targeted toward the active sport and lifestyle consumer, the 100 percent polarized eyewear collection is available at authorized Revo retail locations nationwide. Revo is held by the Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUX; MTA: LUX), a Milan, Italy-based global leader in premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Additional information is available at www.revo.com.

WE’RE GOING DARK!

On our way to the summit…

We’ll check back in on the way down!

Donate and support us in these last few moments at www.summitonthesummit.com.

Day 5: We’re Almost to the TOP!

Day 5: The Highlights Continued…

A QUESTION FROM JAY LAVENDER
I have a WHAT IF for YOUWhat if some guy named KENNA, inspired by an unsuccessful attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, his Ethiopian heritage and his father, decided to return to climb Kili to raise awareness for the global water crisis?
And what if he got a few friends to climb with him and then a few of their friends to run the project with him and then they all got a bunch of friends and strangers, many with no climbing experience, to agree to go with them?
And what if HP, PUR, Windows 7 and First Ascent and REVO sponsored money and provided gear during a time when most companies were slashing their marketing budgets?
And what if the group bonded effortlessly through a common purpose, stories, laughter and striving physically side-by-side?
And what if people all over the world, intrigued by something that wasn’t cynical, selfish or political in these difficult times, followed these people, strangers 7 days ago and now friends for life, as they trekked together up an African mountain with a film crew, photographers and a writer watching and capturing every step…not because these people wanted the attention but because it was the only way they could figure out how to cut through all the chatter and get YOUR ATTENTION?
And what if people started paying attention and learning more and talking about the global water crisis with their friends, family, coworkers and even strangers?
And what if all those people realized they could make a difference?
And what if they decided not to wait for someone else to do it but instead decided to donate their valuable time, energy and hard earned money to solving the problem?
And what if one day, we were all able to look back and say when that moment was when we said, “I had no idea that 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water or that 7 billion gallons of water a day leaks out of America’s decrepit infrastructure?”
And what if those same people, tired of our politicians playing shell games with our tax dollars to get reelected, pressured our elected leaders to do something about it since it affects each one of us every day?
And what if people were put to work, not some hypothetical time in the future, but this year, fixing and designing and engineering and rebuilding the pipes and system that brings water to our taps every day?
And what if people were inspired by SOTSK to build on PUR’s innovations and come up with even more ways to purify drinking water?
And what if our main stream media decided to quit broadcasting nonsense and started reporting on the positive things in the world?
And what if one day we could celebrate that we had collectively come together, as Lupe had invited us—danced together?
And what if all of that happened just because one guy named KENNA DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING and his friends joined him and then strangers became friends and then it became so much bigger than a group of people climbing a mountain because there were so many people who cared as much as Kenna that the collective positivity became an unstoppable force determined to help our fellow men, women, children?
And what if in doing that, we changed the world for the better and turned the global water crisis into the global water nuisance?
And what if one day you could smile to yourself as you were drifting off to sleep, knowing that YOU PLAYED YOUR PART to help turn these what ifs into reality?- Jay Lavender, 3:45am, Jan 11, in a tent on the side of Kili

A QUESTION FROM JAY LAVENDER

I have a WHAT IF for YOU

What if some guy named KENNA, inspired by an unsuccessful attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, his Ethiopian heritage and his father, decided to return to climb Kili to raise awareness for the global water crisis?

And what if he got a few friends to climb with him and then a few of their friends to run the project with him and then they all got a bunch of friends and strangers, many with no climbing experience, to agree to go with them?

And what if HP, PUR, Windows 7 and First Ascent and REVO sponsored money and provided gear during a time when most companies were slashing their marketing budgets?

And what if the group bonded effortlessly through a common purpose, stories, laughter and striving physically side-by-side?

And what if people all over the world, intrigued by something that wasn’t cynical, selfish or political in these difficult times, followed these people, strangers 7 days ago and now friends for life, as they trekked together up an African mountain with a film crew, photographers and a writer watching and capturing every step…not because these people wanted the attention but because it was the only way they could figure out how to cut through all the chatter and get YOUR ATTENTION?

And what if people started paying attention and learning more and talking about the global water crisis with their friends, family, coworkers and even strangers?

And what if all those people realized they could make a difference?

And what if they decided not to wait for someone else to do it but instead decided to donate their valuable time, energy and hard earned money to solving the problem?

And what if one day, we were all able to look back and say when that moment was when we said, “I had no idea that 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water or that 7 billion gallons of water a day leaks out of America’s decrepit infrastructure?”

And what if those same people, tired of our politicians playing shell games with our tax dollars to get reelected, pressured our elected leaders to do something about it since it affects each one of us every day?

And what if people were put to work, not some hypothetical time in the future, but this year, fixing and designing and engineering and rebuilding the pipes and system that brings water to our taps every day?

And what if people were inspired by SOTSK to build on PUR’s innovations and come up with even more ways to purify drinking water?

And what if our main stream media decided to quit broadcasting nonsense and started reporting on the positive things in the world?

And what if one day we could celebrate that we had collectively come together, as Lupe had invited us—danced together?

And what if all of that happened just because one guy named KENNA DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING and his friends joined him and then strangers became friends and then it became so much bigger than a group of people climbing a mountain because there were so many people who cared as much as Kenna that the collective positivity became an unstoppable force determined to help our fellow men, women, children?

And what if in doing that, we changed the world for the better and turned the global water crisis into the global water nuisance?

And what if one day you could smile to yourself as you were drifting off to sleep, knowing that YOU PLAYED YOUR PART to help turn these what ifs into reality?

- Jay Lavender, 3:45am, Jan 11, in a tent on the side of Kili

Lupe and Simon’s Dialogue on Water
At 16,000 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro, in the middle of a blizzard, Lupe and I sat down to connect on the clean water crisis as part of Summit on the Summit.  Together, Lupe and I have joined a team of celebrities, influencers and educators to help raise awareness and funds for the over 1 billion people who lack access to clean water.  Learn more at www.summitonthesummit.com
Simon: 
Hey man, so, we’re currently at 16,000 feet, 5 days-in on our Kilimanjaro climb. It’s been tough for sure, but for a critically important cause, clean water.  Can you talk about why you’re taking time from your busy schedule to do this?
Lupe:
I’m always drawn to important causes that positively affect the world. It’s just something that I can’t resist. It’s my human nature to be a humanitarian.
Simon: 
Is that part of your up bringing? How did a Chicago boy get caught up in these global issues?
Lupe:
My father and mother always made sure we (my family) was always in tune with what was going on around the world, beyond our environment. Whether it be through access to a collection of National Geographic Magazines or a steady diet of foreign culture via the martial arts or music, we’ve always had this awareness of the world around us and what was happening there.

Simon: 
Before the climb, we went to a school where most of the children were suffering from waterborne illness, how has that experience shaped the way you think about this issue?
Lupe:
It solidified the necessity of access to clean water. The visit put a face on the crisis, which is something that is hard to forget.
Simon: 
Speaking to the educators and other influencers on this climb, what have you learned so far?
Lupe:
The deeper struggles of actually enacting policy surrounding issues of crisis. Whether it be mobilization of mass support from among the public, to effectively implementing programs on the ground in the areas most in need. It has a “Pandora’s Box” feel about it.
Simon: 
How has this experience changed the way that you view water, poverty and other causes and how you can address them?
Lupe:
Less of a “change” that has taken place, but more of a reaffirming and deeper education of the specifics that surround these issues, from a governmental level to personal level and every arena in between. This gives me more effective ammunition and more accurate weapon to fight with.
Simon: 
You’re a hip hop star, what do you think is the role of musicians and celebrities in making a difference?
Lupe:
Simply to bring the eyes and ears of our fan bases to the issues in a way that our fans appreciate and feel motivated to act on their own behalf.
Simon: 
If you could ask your fans to do one thing to solve the water challenge, what would it be?
Lupe:
I hope that they inform themselves and others so that they are able to create effective solutions to the problem. And if the most effective and doable solution for them is to donate money then so be it, through informing themselves and others, they may find other ways to get involved.  They can write a letter to their senator or to President Obama. They can rally their friends.  They can save water in their own home.  What matters is that they act.
Simon: 
Cool man.  Dinner time.
Lupe:
Yup.  Final push to the summit.  Let’s do it.

Lupe and Simon’s Dialogue on Water

At 16,000 feet on Mount Kilimanjaro, in the middle of a blizzard, Lupe and I sat down to connect on the clean water crisis as part of Summit on the Summit.  Together, Lupe and I have joined a team of celebrities, influencers and educators to help raise awareness and funds for the over 1 billion people who lack access to clean water.  Learn more at www.summitonthesummit.com

Simon:

Hey man, so, we’re currently at 16,000 feet, 5 days-in on our Kilimanjaro climb. It’s been tough for sure, but for a critically important cause, clean water.  Can you talk about why you’re taking time from your busy schedule to do this?

Lupe:

I’m always drawn to important causes that positively affect the world. It’s just something that I can’t resist. It’s my human nature to be a humanitarian.

Simon:

Is that part of your up bringing? How did a Chicago boy get caught up in these global issues?

Lupe:

My father and mother always made sure we (my family) was always in tune with what was going on around the world, beyond our environment. Whether it be through access to a collection of National Geographic Magazines or a steady diet of foreign culture via the martial arts or music, we’ve always had this awareness of the world around us and what was happening there.

Simon:

Before the climb, we went to a school where most of the children were suffering from waterborne illness, how has that experience shaped the way you think about this issue?

Lupe:

It solidified the necessity of access to clean water. The visit put a face on the crisis, which is something that is hard to forget.

Simon:

Speaking to the educators and other influencers on this climb, what have you learned so far?

Lupe:

The deeper struggles of actually enacting policy surrounding issues of crisis. Whether it be mobilization of mass support from among the public, to effectively implementing programs on the ground in the areas most in need. It has a “Pandora’s Box” feel about it.

Simon:

How has this experience changed the way that you view water, poverty and other causes and how you can address them?

Lupe:

Less of a “change” that has taken place, but more of a reaffirming and deeper education of the specifics that surround these issues, from a governmental level to personal level and every arena in between. This gives me more effective ammunition and more accurate weapon to fight with.

Simon:

You’re a hip hop star, what do you think is the role of musicians and celebrities in making a difference?

Lupe:

Simply to bring the eyes and ears of our fan bases to the issues in a way that our fans appreciate and feel motivated to act on their own behalf.

Simon:

If you could ask your fans to do one thing to solve the water challenge, what would it be?

Lupe:

I hope that they inform themselves and others so that they are able to create effective solutions to the problem. And if the most effective and doable solution for them is to donate money then so be it, through informing themselves and others, they may find other ways to get involved.  They can write a letter to their senator or to President Obama. They can rally their friends.  They can save water in their own home.  What matters is that they act.

Simon:

Cool man.  Dinner time.

Lupe:

Yup.  Final push to the summit.  Let’s do it.