Each month there is more alarming news: the hottest summer on record, heatwaves followed by storms and flooding, historic wildfires and the hottest November since records began. However, if temperatures continue to rise, for many young people these may be the coolest summers they will experience for the rest of their lives.
World leaders at COP28 are currently entering the final days of negotiations to see how to keep below the limits of the 1.5°C temperature rise. This year the threat of climate change to mountain regions, which are home to the glaciers that provide freshwater for half of humanity, is gaining more attention at the global talks.
Today on International Mountain Day we’re pleased to announce the launch of the third season of the award-winning documentary series, Voices from the Roof of the World. A collaboration between the Aga Khan University, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Aga Khan Foundation and the University of Central Asia, this series aims to raise awareness around the injustices of the climate crisis in High-Mountain Asia and build momentum for change before it is too late.
This season’s documentaries – produced by filmmakers from Pakistan, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – range from profiling the protection of Red Pandas, one of the rarest Himalayan mammals, to a 3,000-km journey down the Indus River to talk to the survivors of last year's historic floods, to the stories of how climate change is forcing people to abandon their generational homelands in the Upper Mustang Valley in Nepal.
But alongside the images of vulnerability and loss, the series provides stories of hope and examples of resilience, and the opportunities and actions being taken to protect the delicate mountain ecosystems and to safeguard them for the generations to come.
Click here to watch episodes 1 and 2.