Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Witness-of-Gangotri-Glacier-Receding-27MZIFLQPF0B.htmlConceptually similarReceding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB6Completed★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VBBCompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01XYBCompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB9Completed★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VBACompleted★★★★Witness of Gangotri Glacier RecedingGP01VB7Completed★★★★Witness of Gangotri Glacier RecedingGP01VAXCompleted★★★★Witness of Gangotri Glacier RecedingGP01VB8Completed★★★★Sadhu Ram Nath in Indian HimalayasGP01VB0Completed★★★★★★View AllGP01VAYWitness of Gangotri Glacier RecedingRam Baba sits around the area where he first saw the Gangotri glacier over 45 years ago. Ram has been living beside the glacier in Bhojbasa since 1962: "It will take more than just a few people to make a difference, we need a movement. You can stop people coming a hundred miles from Gangotri to the Ganges' source Gaumukh, but if they still drive their cars and are not concerned with the collective world, then we have no chance." The Indian Government commissioned a research team whose findings revealed that the Gangotri glacier is receding at around 25 meters per year.Locations:Gangotri-Himalayas-India-South Asia-UttarkhandDate:4 Jun, 2009Credit:© Greenpeace / Peter CatonMaximum size:6496px X 4872pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change impacts-Day-Glacier melt-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Men-Mountains-One person-OutdoorsShoot: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.