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ICIMOD’s global advocacy campaign

Without immediate emissions reductions, dramatic losses of mountain glaciers around the world will be locked in.

We know that the HKH cryosphere, water, ecosystems, and societies are deeply interlinked. We also know that the impact of climate change on glaciers, snow, and water resources is clear and supported by robust science. The need to draw global attention to these impacts, especially on mountain societies and ecosystems, is pressing.

With the climate crisis already devastating communities across the Hindu Kush Himalaya, and waters held in these mountains critical for the food and water security of two billion people in Asia, ICIMOD has launched a global advocacy campaign to build the public and political will for faster action and greater climate ambition.

The Centre launched the campaign #SaveOurSnow on 29 May 2023, during celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest.

At Namche Bazar, Tenzing Chogyal Sherpa, a glaciologist at ICIMOD, stood with his grandfather, Kanchha Sherpa, the last survivor of the first ascent, and urged action to save Earth’s frozen zones.

Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, the descendants of Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, joined thousands to sign the #SaveOurSnow declaration. Influential athletes including Kilian Jornet, Reinhold Messner, Rebecca Stephens and Kenton Cool backed the campaign, and over 300 global media organisations, including The Times, Sky News and the BBC, covered the campaign.

#SaveOurSnow brings together three key communities that are closest to Earth’s cryosphere, and most deeply impacted by the loss of its snow and ice – mountain communities, athletes, and scientists – to forge an unusual lobbying bloc too powerful to ignore.

ICIMOD is inviting everyone, everywhere, to back the campaign #SaveOurSnow.
Ice loss this year has left scientists ‘gobsmacked’. Find out why. State of Cryosphere Report. Download. Read. Share. #FightFor1Point5 #SaveOurSnow
ICIMOD Director General Pema Gyamtsho, along with glaciologist Tenzing Chogyal Sherpa, biodiversity expert Sunita Chaudhary, and governance analyst Pradyumna Rana, is participating in the final day of the inaugural #OnePlanetPolarSummit. During this summit, our delegation have been making it clear that it is imperative leaders focus on high-mountain Asia, given its extraordinary exposure to cryosphere losses that are already locked in. Scientists are calling for the #cryosphere to be at the forefront of discussions, decisions and the agenda at #COP28. #FightFor1Point5 #SaveOurSnow @1planetsummit @ICIMODDG @chogyal92 @pradyumnajb @cop28uaeofficial
“Recent ICIMOD reports have revealed that the #HKH region has already witnessed 65% faster melting of #glaciers than the previous decade leading to an increased frequency of water-induced #hazards and #DisasterRisks.” – Pem Kandel, ICIMOD #ClimateAction #SaveOurSnow #FightFor1Point5 #HKH2UAE
“There is an urgent need to address the upstream-downstream linkages to effectively address impacts of #ClimateChange, #biodiversity loss and #pollution.” - Babar Khan, @_icimod #ClimateAction #SaveOurSnow #FightFor1Point5 #HKH2UAE @unep
“Regional cooperation and global finance are vital for urgent, near-term adaptation, and losses and damage” - @iz_koz, @_icimod #ClimateAction #SaveOurSnow #FightFor1Point5 #HKH2UAE @unep

A climate warrior's mission to raise awareness

Bhutanese climate advocate Jamyang Jamtscho Wangchuk cycles from Bhutan, the world’s first carbon negative country, to the UNCOP28 in the United Arab Emirates, one of the largest oil producers in the world, carrying a bottle of meltwater from glaciers here.

BEFORE - Taboche and Khumbu Valley

Taboche peak (6367 m) as seen by Erwin Schneider from the east, 1950s. The photo was taken from above the Nangkartshung monastery Taboche, and its neighbour Jobo Laptsan (6440 m, centre, the mountain that looks as though it is bent and pointing north, preside over the lower Khumbu valley. At their base is the path to Everest base camp. Tsholo Tso is a moraine dammed lake at the foot of Jobo Laptsan The moraine seen as a white, glacial-l feature, is blocking the lake. (Photo: Erwin Schneider)

AFTER - Taboche and Khumbu Valley

Taboche and Khumbu Valley seen from the same point in 2007 by Alton Byers. The clean debris-free glaciers and ice nestled below the Tabocha summit have been reduced considerably by recent warming trends. The ice in the small glaciers below the ridges to the right (north) has suffered the most, perhaps because of its lower altitude, below 6000 metres Comparison of satellite images of Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park taken in the 1970s, and in recent years shows that hundreds of these small glaciers have disappeared. (Photo: Alton Byers)
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