Saw this photo on Responding to Climate Change today while I was putting off doing my Calculus homework. It’s so beautiful, yet also super disturbing.
This is a photo of Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park, home of Mount Everest (the highest peak in the world, duh), which is famous for its “dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys.” The site says:
Several rare species, such as the snow leopard and the lesser panda, are found in the park.
The air temperatures in this area have risen by 1°C since 1970, leading to a 30% decrease in snow and ice cover over the last 40 years.
A high glacier on Mount Everest, located at an altitude of 4,000 m, is now a lake.
Glacier lake outburst floods are now much more frequent, creating serious risks for human populations with grave implications for the water supply in South Asia and the flow of major rivers such as the Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra.
I just don’t get how people can look at stuff like this and say, “Oh, it’s just totally random that this is happening, it’ll all get colder someday again and everything’ll be fine.” As if.
In case you’re curious, Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) is an organization that’s dedicated to raising awareness about climate change issues (yay). It also runs Climate Change TV, the world’s first-ever online video channel that’s 100% devoted to running stories about climate change. You should check it out. Everybody should.