Climate Change

©Sandesh Gurung

Our climate is changing more rapidly than human ever expected; the most complex issues facing us today. The Earth’s average surface temperature has risen about 1°C within last century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere. Ice melt in the entire world including our own Himalaya has been quicker than ever before creating natural upheaval in the world.

The Himalaya is one of the world’s most sensitive hotspots to global climate change with impacts manifesting at a particularly rapid rate. Melting glaciers, erratic and unpredictability on climate pattern, global rise in the temperature, rising sea level, diminishing biodiversity, proliferation of invasive alien species and die back of entire ecosystems are some of the examples. Climate change is now emerging as the biggest threat to biodiversity loss.

Although, Himalayan communities have contributed very little to bring this climate change they have become one of the first to suffer from the consequences. A situation is predicted to intensify in coming years, with dire and far-reaching impacts on food, water and energy security. As the effects are at a global scale we must seek ways to mitigate the threats and adapt our living styles to minimize the threats to human communities and natural ecosystems. Himalayan Nature is monitoring changes in ecosystem via some key indicator species and is committed to find innovative solutions that could be applicable at the field level.

Himalayan Nature’s Contribution

We regard action begins at home. Himalayan Nature acts responsibly on contributing to reduce global warming and to conserve energy and natural resources. Our contribution is to making aware of communities on;

  • Toilet flush adjusted for minimal use of water.
  • Minimizing use of air conditioning at office and home, instead dress properly to match the climate.
  • Use of fuel-efficient vehicles/bikes.
  • Power saving options and minimal use of electricity at home and in the office. Switch off power when not in need.
  • Proper disposal of waste including batteries.
  • Recycle materials including bags, envelopes and paper.
  • Eat organic food as far as possible, stop use of persistent organochemicals.
  • Grow trees in private land, with communities on state-owned land and help others to plant trees.
  • Conduct education and awareness activities on optimal use of power and resources including during one-to-one conversation.

Please join us to save our fragile mountain environment. Himalayas are unique and there is only one on this earth.