One way to fight climate change: Make your own glaciers. - National Geographic
Posted: 16 Jun 2020 12:00 AM PDT
For more on this story check out our podcast, "Overheard at National Geographic." Listen here.Ladakh, a high plateau at the northern tip of India, beyond the Himalaya, is under attack. The enemy is cutting off its water sources, drying its farmlands. Desperate farmers, who long raised pashmina goats, wheat, and barley on the arid land, are fleeing to Leh, a city on the Indus River. Sonam Wangchuk and I are driving over passes and valleys above 9,000 feet to inspect his defenses: tall cones of ice that he calls stupas."This enemy wears no uniform, bears no allegiance to any nation-state, and carries no automatic weapons," says Wangchuk, an engineer who also founded an alternative school in Ladakh. "Undeterred by borders, it bides by no international laws. We Ladakhis are on the front lines of a very different war."
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