Facing the impacts of climate change in Nepal

Earlier this year, 15 young Australians traveled to Nepal to embark on the journey of a lifetime. From Kathmandu, to Mt Everest Base Camp, they met some incredible people who are living on the frontline of climate change and young Nepalese activists who are fighting for a brighter future.

Here’s how Dylan saw it:

“As we climbed higher into the mountains, our climate guide and local sherpa, Temba told us about the impacts of climate change in the Himalayas. It is easy to think that an environment of such awesome scale, defined as it is by the indomitable summits of the highest mountains on Earth, might be impervious to the effects of a changing climate. This is not so, and Temba’s first hand accounts drove home just how vulnerable the area is. Temba’s description of glacial lake outburst floods was for me the most chilling example. An ever growing peril due to the increase in glacial melting, they can cause destruction many kilometres downstream and yet villages in the danger zone may only be protected by often faulty warning systems. It is a frightening illustration of the serious consequences of climate change that are already being felt by people who are amongst those least responsible for its causes and who have minimal resources available to deal with its effects.”

You can watch their whole story here: http://www.aycc.org.au/nepal_blog

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If you’d like to join an AYCC adventure in 2016, sign up for more information here (it’ll be the trip of a lifetime!): http://aycc.org.au/adventure