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GCCI Climate Change Awareness A scientific journey: Shimla to Leh





The purpose of the Climate change awareness is to illustrate the adaption practices and introducing Scientific Principles of Ecology to Valley through dialogue and Demonstration.








Climate is changing and it has been affirmed by the report of IPCC, 2007. It has been has been pointed that the global mean temperature may increase between 1.8°C to 4°C by 2100 and will severely affect the availability of water resources across the world. In “Up in smoke? Asia and the Pacific

The threat from climate change to human development and the environment Foreword by R K Pachauri, Ph.D, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The fifth report from the Working Group on Climate Change and Development” shows Himalayan region as most vulnerable. Himalayan range runs west to east, from the Indus river valley to the Brahmaputra river valley, forming an arc 2,400 km (1,500 mi) long, which varies in width from 400 km (250 mi) in the western Kashmir-Xinjiang region to 150 km (93 mi) in the eastern Tibet-Arunachal Pradesh region.  



Aim of the project


The aim of the journey as put forward in the project proposal will to:


•        identify those traditional techniques which can reduce changes happening to the flora and fauna and society of Himalaya


•        raise school and community awareness about the impact these changes have on the local environment,

•        Ways to manage change so it is of benefit to the ecosystem.



A colour brochure will be identified as being the primary medium for highlighting features of Himalayas and informing and involving the community in the biodiversity issues in the local area.



Project involvement


This project was initiated by Gangetic climate Change initiative (GCCI) with involvement from International Forum of Indian heritage and different NGOs and institutions. The local environmental group, Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation –(HCHF), will be the key coordinating body in Leh.


Resources will be provided by the Indian Academy of Traditional Science (IATS) and International Forum of Indian Heritage (IFIH) through information and workshops for students and the community. Business people will contacted for their print media services.




Doing the project


This initiative GCCI started by IATS with collaboration of many organization in India. The main decision taking by GCCI committee and other will be taken by IATS. Therefore GCCI, IFIH and HCHF took on this project along with its many others. This group had knowledge of the issues around Leh which will utilize for the Awareness project.


The Local Leader was assisted by another teacher from Valley Schools. This being the member of the GCCI and had significant input into the project.


The Local Leader coordinated contacts between the GCCI and local communities and kept in regular communication with the GCCI Coordinator. Two day face-to-face meetings will be held with the Local Leader, GCCI members and GCCI Coordinator at the initial and final stage of the project.


Because this was one of many IATS  projects, it will recognized by the Local Leader that extra effort was needed to ensure this project maintained a profile and momentum within IATS.


As the project will progress, other possibilities will be realized. This posed management issues such as maintaining focus on the primary objective and including, where appropriate, ideas that will retrospective.



Student activities


Students will be involved in GCCI activities for low carbon adaption. From the information provided these general points will ascertained:




•        explored climate change issues


•        Low carbon adaption and mitigation practices


•        Conservation practices in Valley



•        undertook research with local experts, and from websites and journals.



The science experience for students from executing the project:


•        Interpretation and application of information about the climate change on eco- system and their relationship to the society to the ecosystem


•        Exploration of how living things have changed over time and the value of species diversity and the ethics of human intervention.



School and community awareness raising strategies:


Information about the project was disseminated through GCCI, dialogue and demonstration and newsletters.


Save Himalaya Save Heritage workshops will be held to promote the project, highlight the science behind the Himalaya work, and demonstrate ways society could be involved.

 Other strategies included:

•        Discussion groups on specific aspects of climate impact on biodiversity and conservation


•        a low carbon adaption brochure titled Save Himalaya Save Heritage will be  developed, launched and distributed in the community


•        a website devoted to the trails was developed



7     GCCI Climate Change Awareness





Project outcomes


•        The Save Himalaya Save Heritage mass-awareness about climate change


•        an existing website will  further develop to incorporate information on the http:




Project continuation beyond the trial


Plans for the continuation of the project include:


•        Remote education classroom to be educate about low carbon and climate change through GCCI and the local community


•        continued development of ideas for remote awareness programme proposed


•        further community events at Himalayas


•        running meetings between communities


Integrated community based awareness programme


•        publishing the project findings in the IJTS






Project costs


The major expenditure for the journey of the GCCI Climate Change Awareness initiative will for the production and printing of the brochure Save Himalaya Save Heritage and travelling through Himalayas.


Costed in-kind support for the project comprised

a variety of sources related to the travel and document  development to the value of Rs 80,000.

Will the project successful?


There will be a lot of distractions along the way. It proved difficult to stay focused and keep the task manageable because the nature of the project generates lots of possibilities. Keeping all appropriately involved and within the timeframe will sometimes an issue.

GCCI cooperates with local media and communities for awareness regarding climate change.  



Journey Description:


Ist Phase:  Shimla to Leh

2nd Phase: Rishikesh to Gangotri

Community meeting in Nilgiris



Further Contact:


GCCI Initiative

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