From melting glaciers to lowland valleys, we trace the path of the Kali Gandaki River and tell the story of people adapting to changing water patterns in a warming Nepal.
Change and Resilience
As water towers of the world, mountains provide resources and livelihoods to millions downstream. Evidence suggests they will be heavily affected by climate change. Yet inaccessibility and sparse populations results in mountainous regions being overlooked, while low-lying regions and cities receive the bulk of attention around climate change.
Himalayas to Ocean (H2O), explores the human story of change, resilience and adaptation in one of the regions most heavily impacted by climate change in the world: the Gandaki River Basin, Nepal. Temperatures are rising, rainfall patterns are changing. The basin is already subject to severe risks and hazards including flash-floods, landslides, drought, water shortage and monsoon irregularities. These will continue to persist and increase in frequency in the years and decades to come.
We aim to showcase the connections between upstream and downstream impacts, and raise awareness about the need to take urgent action to protect mountainous regions from the devastating impacts of climate change.
engaging in exciting new ways
Himalayas to Ocean mobilises the power of exploration and storytelling to raise awareness towards climate change issues in Nepal.
Statistical representations of climate data can be overwhelming, numbing us from the issues that matter the most and making us feel powerless. We aim to complement the research on the ground by working with experts, in particular with our partner ICIMOD, to communicate change in novel, compelling ways. We paint the stories of those who live at the forefront of climate change impacts to engage our audience, raise awareness and foster action. While documenting towering landscapes of immense beauty, we also communicate to our audience the intrinsic value that lies within all mountainous areas on the planet.
We met with communities at the water's edge and interviewing relevant research, policy and practice stakeholders for a month in Nepal.
The H2O team gathers multiple technical skills relevant to documentary making. We will combine these expertise into an interactive online story map combining photography, video, audio recording, maps, and text to allow our audience to explore our journey and learn from those we meet at the water's edge.