These vast and ancient ice glaciers bordering India and Tibet are second only in
size to the polar ice caps.
Billions of people in China and the Indian
subcontinent rely on their vital freshwater to supply seven of the world's
largest Asian rivers across the planet's most densely populated
However, global warming is causing the glaciers to melt for the
first time since their formation 20,000 years ago, at a pace more rapid than
anywhere else in the world.
Over the last 25 years, the Gangotri glacier
alone has retreated more than 850 meters. (Source: NASA)Dr. Jagdish Bahadur; Indian
Himalayan glaciers are in general on retreat as anywhere
else on the planet due to global warming.
VOICE:Continued melting at the
current rate will result in massive flooding.Dr. Jagdish Bahadur:
Immediately when glaciers
recede they release more water.
VOICE:…followed by severe
drought.Dr. Jagdish Bahadur:
over a period of time when glacier mass is reduced; the water supplies will be
in short. So water deficit will affect one and all.Swami Sundaranand;
Hindu Monk (Hindi
language):All these glaciers feed the Ganga. If these glaciers disappear,
the Ganga is gone.
Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai with
Supreme Master Television staff Los Angeles, California, USA – November 26,
2008Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Through the scientists and research, it’s been proven already that it’s
melting faster than we have expected and that we have imagined.
River feeds millions of people, depending on the glacier of the Himalaya and if
it melted all, then first of all, we’ll have a lot of flood and then we will
have drought and dryness afterwards. Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Because water will
not be distributed evenly like it has been done for centuries.
will be drowned, people will die and flood will be everywhere and later we will
no water even. No reservoir anymore. So either way, either a lot of
flood or drought, it’s very dangerous for the people, especially the people who
depend on the Ganges River and the glacier to survive. I am really worried, but
I just pray and hope that the people who are in power will do
something.Supreme Master Ching
: The only solution is vegetarian diet for everybody and it’s so easy
to do. So we just have to do our best and be patient.Be Veg. Go Green.Save the Planet.
Himalayan glaciers 'could disappear within 30 years' due to global
(Dailymail - 13 Nov 2008)Himalayan glaciers 'melting fast'
(BBC - 14 Mar 2005)HIMALAYAN GLACIERS MELTING By Meghna Bhattacharjee, Water Center
columbia.edu)Himalayan Glaciers at Risk