Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Plant-Nursery-Worker-in-Indian-Himalayas-27MZIFLQP8DP.htmlConceptually similarWitness of Climate Change in HimalayasGP01VB2Completed★★★★Witness of Gangotri Glacier RecedingGP01VB8Completed★★★★Sadhu Ram Das in Indian HimalayasGP01VAZCompleted★★★★Shepherd in Indian HimalayasGP01VBMCompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VATCompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB5Completed★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB6Completed★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VBBCompleted★★★★Shepherd in Indian HimalayasGP01VBGCompleted★★★★View AllGP01VB1Plant Nursery Worker in Indian HimalayasShankar Vajpun from Nepal has worked for over 4 years at a plant nursery which was created in order to reintroduce disappeared flora back into the region: "The plants were brought over from Cheerbasa. There are approximately 2100 saplings here. I stay away from home but the job is okay. I go home in the winter and then there is no one to look after the nursery. There are medicinal herbs here like kadvi, katuki, archa and atis."Locations:Gangotri-Himalayas-India-South Asia-UttarkhandDate:5 Jun, 2009Credit:© Greenpeace / Peter CatonMaximum size:4872px X 6496pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change impacts-Day-Glacier melt-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-Mountains-One person-Outdoors-SeriousnessShoot:Climate Voices from Gangotri IndiaThe source of the Ganges, Asia's longest and most auspicious river, is being heavily affected by climate change: the Gangotri glacier, one of the largest in the Himalayas, is receding at around 25 meters a year; the mouth where the “holy” river flows from the glacier has started to shrink. Snow that once laid on all the mountain peaks has disappeared and the peaks are now bare and only display snow for a few hours after an unusually cold night. The land is naked and barren. Doves and crows are seeing flying above - something that would have been unheard of a decade ago at such a high altitude. If the Gangotri glacier continues to recede at this current rate the Ganges river will only be fed by the seasonal monsoon. The consequences for billions of Indian people in the world’s most densely populated regions would be immense. If the glacier disappears the rice bowl of India that relies on irrigation from the Ganges will be empty causing catastrophic food shortages.