Prakash Mani Sharma is an environmental lawyer and general secretary of Pro Public, an environmental and public-interest group based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
We the people of Nepal are already experiencing the devastating impact of climate change. The Himalayas will soon be black rocks due to the rapid melting of their snow. This would irreparably damage Nepal's tourist industry, one of its principal sources of income. Many of the glacial lakes in Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha) National Park are in grave danger of catastrophic flooding, threatening thousands of downstream people, their homes and livestock, as well as rare animals such as the snow leopard and panther. Nepal has already experienced more than 15 such floods, but we have neither the money nor the technology to address this life-threatening problem.
My humble request to the next president is to conserve Mother Earth. Thanks in advance.