Climate change expo to create awareness among urban youths

Mountains in the country are losing their snow caps due to pollution caused by the extensive use of fossil fuels and the growing deposit of soot particles in the atmosphere, experts said at an interaction organised as part of the the “Climate+Change” exhibition under way at the Nepal Art Council in the Capital on Sunday.

Journalist and environment expert Kunda Dixit said, “Climate change has effects that we can’t even think of.” “Everything —be it rainfall, agriculture, migration or women—has to bear its effect. The failure of the rain fails agriculture, which hampers earning of men who migrate to India hence women are to suffer,” he said, adding that tackling climate change needs efforts from all individuals.

Participants at the programme also discussed necessity of government subsidies for renewable energies. “We don’t have to think about saving the earth from global warning, it’s high time we realise we have to save ourselves,” Dixit said.

The exhibition showcases various photos and interactive items that highlight challenges faced by natural landscapes, ecosystems and communities in the face of climate change across several national boundaries.

Among others, photographs taken by Edward Oliver Wheeler, who was part of the first topographical survey of Everest in 1921, show snow-capped mountains in the Everest region. However, in the recent picture taken by David Breashears in 2008, these mountains do not retain the same quantity of snow mass and look bare. Though the photos taken in the early nineteenth century show mountains covered a thick layer of snow, similar photos taken a century later reveal bareness in these mountains, as most of the snow had melted forming lakes on their foothills. Organisers said the exhibition aims at creating awareness among urban youths.

source: ekantipur, 28 Jan 2014

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