"Fresh water will dry up"
The Rinpoche of Tengboche Monastery (left) is the most revered monk in Khumbu. The Rinpoche spoke to Nepali Times about global warming and its impact on the people.
FROM ISSUE #217 (08 OCT 2004 - 14 OCT 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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"The temperature of the earth is rising. This is not natural, it is man-made. People are becoming too materialistic and care less about mountains. Climbing Everest has become a fashion. All people care about is reaching the top of Chomolungma. You can see for yourself that climbing Everest has become so easy today, unlike before. Not only are people climbing, but even racing to reach the top. I hear that some climbers reached there in just eight hours. This is happening because there is less snow. Glaciers are shrinking rapidly and we must not depend on foreigners to do everything for us. This is our home. The people of Kathmandu should take care about what they do because it affects the rest of the country. The Sherpas of Khumbu may not know everything, but they are suffering the consequences of the people's greed. We mountain people should be careful and take precautions. It is high time that Nepalis started to depend less on foreigners. It is not the Nepalis but the foreigners who come here and tell us that our glaciers are melting. The solution for the people in the Himalayas is not to move down to the cities. They will have more problems there. Kathmandu already has a water shortage problem. If we don't save Khumbu today, our freshwater will dry up and the problem will be impossible to solve in the future. It does not help anyone if we remain indifferent to each other's problems."