CLIMATE+CHANGE exhibition set to open on International Mountain Day

10 Dec 2013


Kathmandu, Nepal

An exhibition of human ingenuity and adaptation to a changing climate in the most spectacular landscape in the world comes to Kathmandu, Nepal.

On 11 December a dynamic exhibit exploring the effects of climate change on the communities and ecosystems of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region will open at the Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu. The exhibition will feature science and imagery from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and striking photography from David Breashears and GlacierWorks that showcase the rapidly changing Himalaya and highlight solutions being implemented in the region.

Stunning imagery, text, and interactive elements will invite visitors to investigate the challenges faced by our natural landscapes, ecosystems, and human communities in the face of climate change across several national boundaries. The exhibit will also provide a unique opportunity for students and teachers in Nepal to engage with and be inspired by science. With support from UNICEF, in-depth educational materials and teacher resources will be available so that students and teachers can take lessons from the exhibition back to the classroom. Contents of the exhibition will also travel to remote areas of Nepal through the first ever Book Bus of Nepal. This initiative of the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu will deliver books, electronic technology, and special programming to rural communities across the country. Through this program, the exhibition aims to inspire a broad understanding and spark dialogue among various sections of society on the challenges facing this iconic region. It also aims to facilitate the development of new and innovative solutions to these challenges.

The exhibit features three floors of galleries that will transport visitors from the Kathmandu Valley to some of the highest peaks in the world. The ground floor gallery focuses on challenges in our urban areas related to climate change and urban sprawl. It showcases the science behind issues like black carbon and Kathmandu’s worsening air quality, water shortages, diminishing water quality, and population expansion. Using case studies from Nepal and across the region, the middle floor will demonstrate how cooperation across borders is addressing the risk of natural hazards and the conservation of ecosystems. On the top floor, breathtaking, large-scale photography from GlacierWorks invites visitors to explore the changing Himalayan landscape in and around Mount Everest, and scientific explanations will help visitors better understand the complexities of glaciers on the rooftop of the world. In addition, a photo story explores the diverse perspectives of people living in this extraordinary region. 

Each month, new programs and events will engage visitors on various topical issues that revolve around the exhibition. They are designed to provide a space where visitors can engage with each other and discuss their ideas on how to tackle urgent issues facing the region. The events are designed to encourage active engagement of all visitors and the production of new ideas and insights into this region. 

The exhibit is being organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and GlacierWorks. It is being funded by the ICIMOD Foundation, the Embassy of the United States in Kathmandu, Nepal, and UNICEF, with support from Nepal Tourism Board and Nepal Art Council. Thinc Design, based in New York City, is responsible for the overall design and curation of the exhibition, and is responsible for the local curation and management of the exhibition. It will remain open from 11 December 2013 until 13 April 2014.

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11 December 2013 - 13 April 2014

Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, Kathmandu