Nepal Highlights Climate Change By Holding Everest Cabinet Meeting
The ministers of the Nepalese government held what could be the “highest” cabinet meeting at the foot of the world’s tallest mountain to highlight the impact of climate change on the Himalayas and adopt a 10-point Everest Declaration.
24 out of the 27 ministers brave the cold weather wearing oxygen masks and jackets and held a meeting for 30 minutes at Kala Patthar, which is at an altitude of 5,242 meters, AFP reports.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal led the ministers to Lukla, the area in the Himalayas where the nearest airstrip is, the day before to acclimatize. Their health was checked before they were allowed to go to the meeting area.
They wore traditional Tibetan scarves and sashes bearing the words “Save the Himalayas” and sat around a table with the prime minister at the head, against the backdrop of the world’s highest peak.
The nation has very small carbon emission contribution but will be heavily affected by the global warming. Nepal’s temperature is rising faster than the global average. It suffered its driest winter in 40 years and has experienced its very first widespread forest fires.