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A Journey to Imja Lake: Climate change in the land of the Sherpa
A film by Anna Colom, for Minority Rights Group International
In the Everest region of Nepal, the Sherpa people are already facing the harsh impact of climate change in the Himalayas. Changes in snow and rainfall patterns are affecting food production and communities face an ever present threat of flooding. A Journey to Imja Lake tells this story by taking us on a winding path through the mountains to an altitude of over 5000m. Along the way we witness how the temperature increase in the region is affecting the livelihoods of the Sherpa people and other minority groups in the area. Yet glacial melt poses a huge risk, not only for these communities but also for the millions of people downstream in Asia who depend on water from the seven Asian rivers born in the Himalayas.