This year has given us a very cold spring. The crops went in. But then we kept looking at the sun. Then the glaciers. Then the sun behind the clouds. Then the thermometre and then the glacier.
The water just wasn't coming because the sun didn't show up much to melt the glaciers.
Seed Librarians Thinles and Stanba were thrilled on Sunday when first water came to their fields.
...And then there were none.
What more needs to be said? The last of the trees - which were supposedly going to be "saved" were, in the end, "inexpedient".
It's why older people become grumpy.
A friend shared this on Facebook and I simply had to write a quick blog.
It's not just that the photos of this article on DOSE.com are stunning - and they truly are.
It's not just that careful comparison of what the different people are eating would be an excellent inquiry for any middle schooler anywhere in the world - and I hope to use it as a study during one of our Summer Camps in June.
It's not just that there are glaring health and equity issues jumping out of the page - although the diet of the HIV positive person makes that clear immediately.
It's that it's an example of how learning can be made real to youth....
Or to any of us.
Please click through below and visit the site. And then please take it into your classroom and let the discussion begin. I would love to share what our youth in Ladakh put together as What they Eat in a Day with your students.
The roaming cows are happy in Leh Bazaar today. And I think the cows are doing a better job of thinking ahead than anyone else in Ladakh these days.
As a part of a Rs. 217.35 crore scheme to install a sewage and water system in Leh – and “beautify” the main street – trees that have graced the bazaar for over 200 years are all being chopped down. (A crore, by the way is ten million, this project being worth $35.6 million. Oh, and also by the way, my other home – Estes Park –spent a total of around $40 million to recover from devastating floods that also wiped out an equivalent amount of sewage and water systems and roads, in a very non-equivalent economic cost base.)
They don’t have to go. The system could have been put it around these trees. It never occurred to the local Forest Officer that he should question their destruction. Most were gone before a complaint was filed with the State Forestry Officer, who, it is said, rang Jigmet Takpa and asked ARE YOU SLEEPING?
Supposedly the last three trees will be saved. But today workers were high in their branches, cutting off the living stems. And the cows were happy.
The problem with modernisation and development is that it’s so very attractive and highly addictive. Ohhh! A modern sewage system. Think of the prestige. Plans for a modern filtration plant to go with those pipes? Plans to keep Leh’s rapidly growing rubbish, which already clogs every irrigation canal in the capitol city, out of the pipes?
Plans for enhancing the heritage of Leh’s one and only “bazaar” where 95% of its heritage buildings have already been torn down? Those of us working in development struggle to admit we are addicted. We struggle to admit we jump into a development plan before thinking it through. And, I fear, sometimes the cows think better than we.
Cynthia will be blogging as she works with our Himalayan projects this year.