Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Shepherd-in-Indian-Himalayas-27MZIFLQPHS7.htmlConceptually similarHerds on Indian HimalayasGP01VBQCompleted★★★★Shepherd in Indian HimalayasGP01VBJCompleted★★★★Shepherd in Indian HimalayasGP01VBFCompleted★★★★Shepherd in Indian HimalayasGP01VBMCompleted★★★★Shepherd in Indian HimalayasGP01VBHCompleted★★★★Shepherd in Indian HimalayasGP01VBLCompleted★★★★Shepherd in Indian HimalayasGP01VBOCompleted★★★★Shepherd in Indian HimalayasGP01VBPCompleted★★★★Herds in Indian HimalayasGP01VBICompleted★★★★View AllGP01VBGShepherd in Indian HimalayasRajender Singh has been a shepherd for almost 40 years and he owns his own flock: "When I started good vegetation was everywhere, nowadays we have to search for good grass near the Tibetan border", he explains. Due to climate change in the last decade, shepherds often have to travel as much as 30 km per day to find fertile grazing area on higher grounds.Locations:Gangotri-Himalayas-India-South Asia-UttarkhandDate:1 Jun, 2009Credit:© Greenpeace / Peter CatonMaximum size:4872px X 6496pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change-Climate change impacts-Day-Glacier melt-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-One person-Outdoors-Rural scenesShoot: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.