Alarms are ringing throughout the world: the most ruinous floods in Pakistan’s history, the worst drought in a generation in East Africa, Everest base camp turned from a frigid outpost to a lakeside camp. These are all signs that climate change is accelerating while most countries are failing to meet their pledges to reduce their carbon emissions. Ian Fry, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Climate Change, said that “climate change is the largest, most pervasive threat to the natural environment and societies that we've ever experienced. And the poorest countries are paying the highest price”.
Voices from the Roof of the World, an environmental documentary series sponsored by the Aga Khan University, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Aga Khan Foundation and University of Central Asia, aims to raise awareness around this injustice and the climate crisis in High-Mountain Asia. The series is launching its second season on 6 November 2022, airing on Express News TV in Pakistan, Aga Khan University YouTube and multiple global platforms.
As world leaders gather in Egypt for COP27 to negotiate emissions reduction targets, the people and wildlife living amongst the Earth’s highest mountains are already reeling from the impact of climate change. The film series includes a glimpse of what is at stake for the world’s most vulnerable if the talks in Sharm el Sheikh fail to secure new ambitions. In A Cry from the Mountains, a film capturing the impact of this summer’s record-breaking floods in Pakistan, Nishat, a survivor of this year’s glacial lake outburst floods in Hassanabad, Hunza in Gilgit Baltistan recounts: “There is water draining down all around us. Everywhere you look, we’re surrounded by mountains and rushing streams… This is no place to live, only for water to drain away.”