Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Witness-of-Gangotri-Glacier-Receding-27MZIFLQPO21.htmlConceptually similarWitness of Gangotri Glacier RecedingGP01VAYCompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB5Completed★★★★Witness of Gangotri Glacier RecedingGP01VB7Completed★★★★Sadhu Ram Nath in Indian HimalayasGP01VB0Completed★★★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB9Completed★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VBACompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01XY8Completed★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VATCompleted★★★★Receding of Gangotri Glacier in IndiaGP01VB6Completed★★★★View AllGP01VB8Witness of Gangotri Glacier RecedingRam Baba collaborated with the Meteorological department in 1999-2000 to mark the position of the Gangotri glacier. He tells pointing with a stick: "The glacier was between the two mountains. A small lake was formed here by the snout of the glacier around 1962. The glacier was much higher when I first saw it. The Meteorological department put a marker where they had observed the glacier in 1962."Locations:Gangotri-Himalayas-India-South Asia-UttarkhandDate:5 Jun, 2009Credit:© Greenpeace / Peter CatonMaximum size:5616px X 3744pxKeywords:Climate (campaign title)-Climate change-Climate change impacts-Clouds-Day-Glacier melt-KWCI (GPI)-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.