human stories of climate change

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From melting glaciers to lowland valleys, we tell the story of people adapting to changing water patterns in a warming Nepal.

 
 
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Photos from our filmmaker Ross Harrison. Scroll gallery below for more.

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), will explore 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 raises awareness about the need to take urgent action to protect mountainous regions from the devastating impacts of climate change

engaging in exciting new ways

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H2O believes in the power of exploration and storytelling through audio-visual outputs to raise awareness about climate change issues. We live in a modern world where we are overwhelmed by facts and numbers on a daily basis which numb us from the issues that matter the most and make us feel powerless. Our objective is not to produce new knowledge. Rather, 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 want to paint the stories of those who live at the forefront of climate change impacts to engage our audience, raise awareness and foster action. Through documenting towering landscapes of immense beauty, we also want to communicate to viewers the intrinsic value that lies within all mountainous areas on the planet.


 

Our outputs

We will aim to walk on foot for a month along the Gandaki River, meeting with communities at the water's edge and interviewing relevant research, policy and practice stakeholders.

The H2O team gathers multiple technical skills relevant to documentary making (view our Team page). 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.