Yale Himalaya Initiative

environment | livelihood | culture

Knowing and Responding to Climate Change in Humla, Nepal

Event time: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 5:30pm
Location: 
Luce 202 See map
34 Hillhouse Ave
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Pasang Yangjee Sherpa

This talk explores climate change in Humla district, Far West Nepal. In Humla, villagers think it is warmer and drier now compared to when they were younger. Although warming is felt, it is not necessarily perceived as a problem. The effects of increasing temperature coupled with the unreliability of rainwater on their crops are considered problematic. Thus, development projects building irrigation facilities are preferred. Religious rituals are also conducted to effect desirable weather changes. The government, recognizing climate change as a problem, has initiated local adaptation plan of action (LAPA) activities in selected administrative units that were ranked as highly vulnerable. This talk is based on the author’s study, one of several conducted by interdisciplinary scholars examining various aspects of Kailash Sacred Landscape (KSL), as part of the Sacred Himalaya Initiative (SHI).

Pasang Yangjee Sherpa is an anthropologist from Nepal. She is interested in research questions that seek to understand cultural dynamism, human-environment relationships, and contemporary human problems. She is Sacred Himalaya Initiative postdoctoral fellow at India China Institute, The New School. She was a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Penn State University before joining ICI. She received her doctoral degree from Washington State University in 2012.