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The Gangotri region of the Himalayas is home to one of the largest glacier systems in the world. The Gangotri Glacier is the source of the Ganges River which supplies water to over 400 million people in South Asia. This life-giving glacier is in danger.
NASA images show the Gangotri glacier has retreated at an alarming rate of 850 meters in the last 25 years. Global warming and changes in local climate are thought to be major causes for the accelerated loss of the Himalayan glaciers.
Prior unrestricted access to the Gangotri area by pilgrims and tourists has deforested the alpine highlands. Deforestation has caused changes in the local climate reducing snowfall in the region. The Indian Government has restricted the number of tourists and pilgrims in the area, but the environmental damage remains. Dr. Harshvanti Bisht of the Himalayan Association for Development and Research Initiatives (HADRI) is attempting to reverse the environmental damage and slow the retreat of the Gangotri glacier by reforesting the Alpine highlands. There is much work to do and the time to act is now.
Come join us in our WALK TO SAVE GANGOTRI
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Time: Check-in at 9:00 am Walk begins at 9:30 am
Location: The C&O Canal National Park in Potomac, Maryland.
Parking is available in the Park for a fee of $5.00 per vehicle
No registration is allowed in the national park.