Home to exquisite landscapes, rich culture, and the world’s tallest peaks, the mountainous communities that inhabit the Himalayas face an existential threat.
Described as the ‘water tower of Asia’, the glaciers that feed ten of Asia’s major rivers are melting faster, amid a warming climate and increasingly unpredictable rain and drought. It’s posing a threat to lives and livelihoods, and contributed to the deadly 2022 floods in Pakistan.
Jacob speaks with climate activists Shreya K.C. (Nepal), Irfan Ulllah (Pakistan), and environmental historian Dr Ruth Gamble, about how the region is experiencing loss and damage, the need for climate finance, and the importance of local governance.
In partnership with the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition, Earth Matters is bringing stories from climate vulnerable regions in the world under a mini series ‘Loss, Damage, and Denial’.
Phil Evans, Bec Horridge, Eiddwen Jeffery, Judith Peppard & Jacob Gamble