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Community-based responses to climate change on the National Geographic News Watch

April 19th, 2011

Restoring the Sacred Web of Life in Siberia’s Golden Mountains

A photo essay  on community-based responses to climate change was just published by Gleb Raygorodetsky on the National Geographic News Watch, as part of the Conversations with the Earth (CWE) initiative:Golden Mountains of Altai, Russia–For countless generations, Altai people herded their livestock across what is now known as the Golden Mountains of Altai UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, in Russia’s southern Siberia. They endured many obstacles–from Mongol hordes to Soviet oppression.  Today, they face the new challenge–climate change. Torrential downpours, freezing and thawing splinter the rock and destroy petroglyphs, the millennia-old repository of Altai people’s culture. Permafrost that preserved the remains of Altai ancestors in burial grounds for thousands of years is melting. And unpredictable snowstorms, winter rains…

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