Glaciers are melting fast
Sonam Wangchuk asserted that if the negligence continues and industry is allowed indiscriminately in Ladakh, the glaciers here will disappear. With the disappearance of the glacier, India and its neighborhood can also face a severe crisis due to water scarcity. Hinting at the looming problem, Sonam said, if measures are not taken, industry, tourism and commercial activities will continue to flourish in Ladakh. Eventually the glaciers will end on their own. Speaking to PM Modi, Wangchuk said, “Recent studies by Kashmir University and other research organizations have concluded that about two-thirds of the glaciers in Leh-Ladakh will disappear if they are not taken care of properly.” Glaciers surrounded by highways and human activities are melting at a comparatively faster rate.
PM Modi to save Ladakh from “industrial exploitation”
He said that only people of America and Europe are not responsible for global warming and climate change. Local pollution and emissions are equally responsible for this. There should be minimal human activities in areas like Ladakh so that the glaciers can remain intact for the local people here and across the country. Emphasizing the need to adopt sustainable development, Wangchuk, an engineer-turned-education reformer, appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure the protection of Ladakh and other Himalayan regions from “industrial exploitation”. He said that this would help in securing the life and employment of the people.
Appeal to avoid wastage of food and clothes
Wangchuk said, I believe that apart from the government, the people should also be equally sensitive. People are concerned about climate change and are paying attention to the measures to reduce it. He said that efforts are being made to meet the development goals while conserving the resources for the coming generations so that nature can continue to provide its resources and services to the human beings. He appealed to the children to avoid wastage of food and clothes as it in turn harms the environment technologically. Wangchuk shared the 13-minute video on his YouTube channel. He appealed to the people of the country and the world to “urgently” help protect the “environmentally sensitive” region of Ladakh.
#ClimateFast in -40°C temperature
Wangchuk appealed to PM Modi not to interfere and protect the ecosystem under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. Appealing to help protect the eco-sensitive region of Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas, Wangchuk said, “All is not well in Ladakh!” Tagging PM Modi @narendramodi, he said, “intervention from PM and provide protection to the environmentally fragile Ladakh.” “Planning to sit on #ClimateFast for 5 days from 26th January to draw attention of the government and the world,” he said in a tweet. Will sit in Khardungla at an altitude of 18000 feet above sea level and a temperature of -40 degree Celsius.
See Wangchuk’s tweet below—
5 days long fast for #SaveLadakh
Speaking to news agency ANI, Wangchuk said, he wants his message on Republic Day to reach PM Modi and the people. For this purpose, they are fasting for five days. Will observe a 5 day long fast (symbolic fast) because the glaciers will no longer survive. In another tweet, Wangchuk wrote, “Test run for my #ClimateFast at 18,000 feet minus 40 degree Celsius at Khardungla from Jan 26… It’s -20K at Phayaang at 11,500 feet.” Also used the hashtag- #SaveLadakh for the appeal.
See Wangchuk’s tweet below—
Leader of Change, Honored with Magsaysay Award
Please tell that Wangchuk, born in 1966, became a mechanical engineer after getting education. Wangchuk, director of the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL), was awarded the Magsaysay Award in the year 2018. About 14 years ago, in 2009, Aamir Khan played the fictional character of Phunsukh Wangdu in a film based on Wangchuk’s personality. Wangchuk, an advocate of educational reform, launched Operation New Hope in 1994 to reform the public school system.
Success of Innovative School SECMOL
Engineer Wangchuk, who lives in Ladakh, is also popular because of the campus of his innovative school- Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL). Its entire campus runs on solar energy. Fossil fuels are not used for cooking, lighting or heating.
dedicated environmental engineer
34 years back he founded SECMOL in 1988 with an aim to support the children and youth of Ladakh and train those students. However, the system reportedly flagged it as unsuccessful. Let us inform that even before this, Wangchuk has been expressing concerns on environmental issues.