Last month, I reported that the Maldives cabinet had held a meeting under water to highlight the dangers of global warming.
Clearly, this kind of green protest is beginning to catch on, because I see now that ministers in Nepal are to hold a meeting on Mount Everest later this month.
The entire cabinet will travel to a base camp at an altitude of 17,585 feet to highlight the impact of global warming on the Himalayas ahead of December’s climate change talks in Copenhagen.
The Forest Minister, Deepak Bohora, said the melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas was a serious concern. About 1.3 billion people depend on the water that flows down from the Himalayan glaciers, which experts say are melting at an alarming rate, threatening to bring floods and later drought to the region.
“Climate change has hit the Himalayas in general and Nepal in particular,” said Mr Bohora. “Its effects are being manifested in different forms, from the rapid increase in the size of the glacial lakes to erratic monsoon patterns and unprecedented forest fires.”
He said the visit would be an opportunity for ministers to gain first-hand information about the effects of climate change on the vast mountain range.
by Andy Moreton
Nepal is one of the most fascinating countries on earth and Luxique can book you a place at a hotel to match – Dwarika’s in Kathmandu. Recent guests described it as ‘a wonderful haven’ and ‘a magnificent oasis’.