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Petition submitted to Indian Embassy

Posted by NYCA Blogger on November 24, 2009

Rt. Hon. Man Mohan Singh
Prime Minister
The Government of India
New Delhi, India

Subject: Regarding the statement made by Honorable Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment, Government of India.

We the youth of Nepal are concerned by the statement made by Honorable Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment, and the Government of India that “there is no conclusive scientific evidence to link global warming and Himalayan glaciers and neither to link the black carbon in the atmosphere with the glaciers”

We would like to kindly draw your attention to the fourth assessment report of the IPCC, various scientific research and reports published carried out and published by individuals and reports published by institutions like Intergovernmental Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Himalayan Glaciers. These researches substantiate the fact that climate change is accelerating glacial retreat in the Hindukush Himalayan region.

Mountaineer Mr. Apa Sherpa who has climbed Everest 19 times has observed changes in the mountain climate over the years.  He reported seeing water 8, 000 meter above sea level where one has only witnessed snow in the past. Our own expedition to the Everest base camp has documented rapid changes in the mountain eco-systems. These changes in the climate have already made irreversible impacts on the life and livelihoods of the mountain community.

At the Regional Climate Change Conference FROM KATHMANDU TO COPENHAGEN A Vision for Addressing Climate Change Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Himalayas held in Kathmandu on August 31- September 1, 2009, South Asian countries, including India identified the HinduKush and Himalayan region as a climate change hot-spot to indicate changes due to climate change and how it would affect people and ecosystems from the mountains to the coasts.

We agree on the fact that this area requires further research to establish precise scientific evidences and critical knowledge gaps that exist. But observations and existing scientific literature indicate that unprecedented changes are happening very rapidly in the mountains. We need to further enhance our responses to climate change through the generation of required scientific data and also adaptation strategies at all levels with incremental adaptive steps meshing with agreed regional and global efforts to address the impacts of climate change.

We, the youth of South Asia request you to take a lead in the region to affectively tackle the problems of climate change.  We also request you to raise the common voices of the region, including that of the Himalayas in the UNFCCC negotiations and other international forum.

Yours Sincerely,
On behalf of South Asian Youth network on Climate Change
Manjeet Dhakal

Cc. Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister, Ministry of Environment, The Government of India


One Response to “Petition submitted to Indian Embassy”

  1. Shankar said

    Please read Richard Armstrong’s article in the latest newsletter of ICIMOD (winter 2009), which debunks most of the theories established so far regarding the glacier melt. Don’t get me wrong, but certainly there are many other crucial issues that needs our attention than snow melt. The fact is that rise in temperature only affects snow upto 5400 m or so and above that it has no impact. We do not have any evidence that if there is even more snow added to the upper area. The mass balance figures are just not available. In so far as established facts by big agencies are concerned, don’t forget, a similar hype was there in the 1970s about deforestation and floods. Lets get the facts.

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