Chewang Norphel is an 81 year old man who is no different from any of us and lives in Ladakh. With the global warming phenomenon affecting all of us in a huge way, Chewang, who is known as the Iceman, took it upon himself to do something about it. The water crisis has made life difficult in the mountains as the glacier have melted away. As Chewang remembers, the river near his home had a huge volume of water but is now completely dried up.
Not being one to sit quietly and expect others to do something to improve the situation, The Iceman took inspiration from an open faucet one day and a brilliant idea struck him. He decided to restrict the flow of water flowing down from the mountains by reducing its speed so that during winter, artificial glaciers can be formed and this water can be used for farming when it melts down during the summer season.
Till date Chewang Norphel has created 15 massive glaciers in this way and due to this initiative, he was awarded the Padma Shri in 2015. The going however wasn’t smooth and his intentions were often laughed at but he kept at it without a pause. Today, Chewang Norphel, the Iceman has helped to restore normal life in Ladakh and surrounding areas and is confident of leaving it behind as his legacy.
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