It is not a climate change story. So I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write about it. But after I received this note from Kathmandu, I couldn’t avoid it.
I am sure that now you’ve all heard the horrifying news coming out of Nepal. As of right now, at least 3,900 people have died in the disaster. More than 7,000 people have been injured, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre.
Every time I hear about Nepal this number gets higher. I remember only yesterday I heard them saying 900. Then 1500.
Sadly, I think it’s going to be a long time before we know just how devastating this tragedy is.
Even though scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes around the world. It seems that Nepal, and the Nepalese people have become the victims of a horrible natural disaster.
Saying that, I wanted to share with you an email that inspires me.
It comes from one of our climate trackers on the ground in Kathmandu, and only goes to highlight the passion and incredible spirit of so many of our Climate Trackers around the world.
It comes in response to an email I sent the day before the earthquake, encouraging him to keep writing about climate change.
The response was something I never expected:
Thanks for the wonderful e-mail.. As u are aware, we had experienced major earthquake in Nepal and we Don’t have access to electricity, water and internet..i just get access to Internet..and houses are not safe enough to enter..so i won’t be able to use my laptop and other services..it’s almost impossible to do things under open sky.so i think i won’t be able to write..so thank you so much for this information.. i will try my best if i can make it soon..
As I sit here, inside, charging my phone and drinking a glass of water, I am reminded just how lucky I am. Just how relatively easy it is for me to do what I do each day.
We have Climate Trackers all around the world, and while I can’t imagine many more in situations similar to this, there are so many who battle challenging conditions everyday, but their passion goes on.
So today, I wanted to write this as a thank you for all the Climate Trackers around the world, pressuring their government to take stronger action on Climate Change. Whatever your challenge may be. You inspire me.
Just like this tracker from Nepal.
If you too are tracking from a region experiencing some difficult challenges, or have a similar story to share, feel free to add it to the comments section below. I would love to hear your story.