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Glaciers are melting, and we’re taking action!

The mountain world is changing faster than any of us could have imagined: these changes threaten all of us who live downstream. Glaciers are melting, rainfall patterns are changing, and the world’s most important fresh water supplies are endangered.

Starting next week, The Mountain Institute – in partnership with the National Science Foundation, USAID, the US State Department, and other sponsors – will begin a month-long series of workshops and an expedition to Imja Lake, a newly-formed, potentially dangerous, glacial lake near Mount Everest. We’re going to the field and talking to local people in order to research and educate.

We’re bringing a team of over 30 scientists, engineers, photographers, and journalists to the field to exchange knowledge with local people about monitoring and controlling glacial lakes. We’ll evaluate the danger of Imja, and determine how to control it so it can supply fresh water safely and reliably to downstream communities for drinking, irrigation, and the generation of electricity.

We have an unprecedented set of world-class scientists from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Bhutan, Peru, Bolivia, Japan, the US and Europe participating in the expedition. This is the first Andean-Asian expedition in the Everest region to exchange experiences in the control and management of dangerous glacial lakes.

Our expedition to Nepal will also be the first to live-blog the entire journey, with photos, videos, and events as they happen. Members of the expedition will post updates daily, so people around the world can follow us and learn about the dangers of climate change, its effect on the mountain world, and on all of us who depend on fresh mountain water for drinking, agriculture, and daily use.

Followers will be able to ask questions of the expedition members in real-time, making this a groundbreaking project, and a fascinating blog to follow. You will also learn about the work of The Mountain Institute – the only international non-profit devoted solely to helping mountain communities create and sustain environmentally responsible development globally.

Stay tuned to the blog to watch the expedition unfold as it happens, and go ahead and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. While we’re getting rolling, watch this short video about us.


Rosie Thompson Stone 
The Mountain Insitute

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10 Responses to Glaciers are melting, and we’re taking action!

  1. tanya says:

    can’t wait for the next post!

  2. Molly says:

    always great to hear such exciting updates from TMI! Keep ‘em coming!

  3. Taylor says:

    Thank you for making this available so we can make the trip with you. I hope everyone is adjusting well to the altitude and I can’t wait for photos!

  4. brendan says:

    Almost through packing my things in London. I’ll see everyone in Kathmandu on Saturday!

  5. LInda Bury says:

    I am so excited to watch this journey and am happy to say that my son is one of the expedtioners

  6. carolyn & Jim says:

    Beautiful pictures! Look forward to seeing more of this expedition each day !

  7. Miriam Torres says:

    Good speech #1, clap, clap to all TMIs making the video….next one????

  8. Thank you for letting us be a part of the expedition. Be safe.

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