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The Silent Cry of the Himalayas: A Journey into the Melting Glaciers

  In the past two years, I have often missed a world of yesterday that may not have existed. Just like Zweig described his father’s generation, a generation blinded by idealism holds optimistic illusions, firmly believes that tolerance and friendship are indispensable binding forces, and sincerely believes that the boundaries and beliefs between various countries and sects are Differences will gradually be resolved through people’s friendship, and the entire human race will enjoy the most precious wealth: peace and security.
  For various reasons, I have to face all kinds of people in my work and life, understand all kinds of ideas, communicate, get close, understand, and explain. And as my colleague M described it, I often want to “withdraw from human society immediately.” At this time, I will choose some topics that have nothing to do with humans, animals or plants, rivers or mountains. Whether elephants run away or floods occur, whether glaciers melt or forest fires occur, these all reflect the insignificance and stupidity of human beings, as well as their concession and self-rescue.
  This was the original motivation for me to report on the scientific research on Mount Everest and the melting of glaciers. To put it simply, DDT (organochlorine pesticide) can be detected on even Mount Everest, and even the East Rongbuk Glacier is retreating. Shouldn’t humans put aside the Himalayas, a young mountain range that spans five countries? Prejudices and differences, mutual trust and cooperation? Indeed, in interviews, glacier researchers generally view the world as one. Facing nature and the universe, disputes and conflicts lose their meaning.
  Although, global warming is not only about the environment but also about equity. The most vulnerable people and ecosystems have been disproportionately affected by loss and damage and are suffering from the adverse impacts of climate change that are disproportionate to their responsibility.
  Just like the debate on “rewriting literary history” and the humanistic spirit in the 1980s and 1990s, the intention to strip away one’s stance in literature is a stance, and the intention to transcend conscious biases to record scientific work may itself be a conscious choice. .
  During the interviews in Lanzhou and Tibet, what unfolded before me was a vast world, the infinite hidden treasure of the Creator. These scientists who are engaged in glacier research in western China love field scientific research, partly because they love freedom and pursue a free and unrestrained life. They can endure the hardship of being stationed at the foot of Mount Everest for ten years. This is because they are not stingy with their time and can feel the pulse of the earth. And the magnificent luck of Mount Everest.
  During one evening interview, we were sitting on the playground of Lanzhou University. The interviewee told me that sometimes I sympathize with you big-city people. With so much pressure, you will never be able to get out of the reinforced concrete urban forest. I suddenly thought of the birth of Impressionism: urbanites who experienced the industrial revolution began to dislike London, which was filled with industrial smog, and yearned for the countryside and nature. Later, born out of Impressionism, freer Fauvism, Cubism, and Expressionism were born. China has also completed its industrial revolution. Do Chinese people today also yearn for nature and countryside? Longing to leave the conflicts and struggles in the small environment or the big environment? Will this give rise to new cultural forms?
  Let’s talk about concerns about global warming and glacier melting. The guilt I feel is that some people who study glaciers and sense the pulse of the earth have scientifically proven that human activities have severely harmed the environment. It seems that they are not concerned about environmental changes.
  But recently, I read an exposition of Jin Guowei’s creation, and I felt somewhat comforted and even self-consistent. He is a world-renowned documentary director for his films such as “Free Climbing” and “Thailand Cave Rescue”. He said: “I like to photograph the positive side of human nature, the qualities that can inspire us to become better. I have many friends who photograph human nature. The other side of the world is war, conflict, controversy. Obviously, I have not made a work on this theme. There are so many discouraging things happening in the world, which make people sad and angry. I hope to try to make something that can be related to I think this is the contribution I can make to the world.”

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