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Could You Outrun a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood?

October 20th, 2009

On 18 June 2009 almost 140 runners answered that question as they raced down from the Imja Tsho glacial lake near Mt. Everest to the Sherpa village of Khumjung (about 35km away) in the Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal. The Imja Tsho Action Run event was organized by Sherwi Yondhen Tshokpa, a network of Sherpa students, and supported by sponsored by a variety of non-profit organizations such as iDEAS and the community of Khumjung, WWF-Nepal’sClimate for Life” campaign and ICIMOD. The lead sponsor was The North Face.

What a race! Everyone in the village and present played their part to take action in the arduous fight against global warming and climate change and to make for successful events. To kick-off the day, monks from the Khumjung Monastery led a sacred dragon and lion down from the hillside to bring peace and prosperity to all and chase away bad luck during the event. They kept everyone safe and succeeded brilliantly in energizing the crowd and line-up of events!

Read more about this extraordinary first time event in the Khumbu and how it relates to climate change on the IUCN WCPA Mountains Biome Network blog. Download a copy of a documentary film about the Imja Tsho Action Event 2009 – CLIMATE CHANGE: A Mountain Community Dares to Take the First Step .

You can also download a copy of the beautiful film (in “.iso” file format, 1.5gb) about the Imja Tsho Action Event 2009 from iDEAS. Listen to an action update video statement about climate change and mountain communities.

Take a tiny glimpse at A Spectacular Teaching Opportunity – Imja Tsho Action Run and Khumjung Festival, June 2009 – Khumjung’s monks, sacred dragon and lion do their part to help the village learn how to respond to rapidly-melting glaciers and climate change in the Himalaya.

The second “Imja Tsho Action Event 2010″ will be held on 10-11 June 2010, please join in and support the local Sherpa efforts and action in the global race against climate change.

Beat the GLOF Event and Save the Himalaya Khumbu Festival will be held in Khumjung village on 4 June 2010 instead of 10 – 11 June. The event date has been postponed for the convenience of the guests of 3rd International Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) Day Celebration on 29 May 2010, who could also participate in Beat the GLOF Event and Save the Himalaya Khumbu Festival. The event will be celebrated with various programs focusing on mountain communities,  environment and the impacts of climate change on them. The event will be supported by iDEAS, Nepal Tourism Board, Sagarmatha National Park and many non government organizations.