Hi. This is Marty Logan. I wanted to let you know that I’m hosting a new podcast for IPS News. It’s called Strive: Toward a more just, sustainable world. It’s about people everywhere who are taking action to address climate change, racism, inequality and many other challenges we all face today. One thing that I think makes Strive different is we’ll be discussing solutions, not just adding to your burden by detailing the problems. Our first episode looked at how civil society in South Asia is leading a Covid mask-up campaign. On the next one we hear how a community currency can invigorate poor communities in Kenya that are often sidelined by the national economy. Please, look for Strive on your podcast player, or click on the link in the notes to this episode. OK, on to Nepal Now:
From Oct 31st to Nov 12th this year the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, will meet in Glasgow, Scotland. The COP, which is short for the conference of the parties—basically the nearly 200 governments that have signed the UN climate change treaty—has been meeting since 1994 to try to agree on limiting the production of greenhouse gases that contribute to the global warming that results in climate change.
And still, after all those meetings, the best-case scenario for the eight Asian countries home to the Hindu-Kush Himalaya, including Nepal, is that one-third of the mountains’ glaciers will melt by the end of this century. The worst-case: 2/3 will disappear. This is not as simple as getting used to the absence of those massive rivers of ice: the glaciers are a key source of the water that nourishes 3 billion people, 1/3 of the world’s population, in Asia. And as we all know, water is essential for life.
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, or ICIMOD, has been informing the world about the impacts of climate change on the Hindu-Kush Himalaya, or HKH, for years. And of the impact on the 240 million people who live in the mountains, and of those 3 billion who rely on them for water. Today we’re speaking with Nanki Kaur, Regional Programme Manager, Adaptation and Resilience Building, about ICIMOD’s campaign ahead of COP26. It makes the case that more attention, and resources, must go to fighting the impacts of climate change in the HKH.
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