Video: Connect the Drops, Dam Building in the Himalayas

Ian Elwood

Lori Pottinger and I recently spoke with Samir Mehta, South Asia Program Director about the issues facing the region. The video I filmed and edited shows that the Himalayas and the entire region are indeed threatened by dam building and climate change. Samir explains how social movements are adapting to work against dam building, shifting from dam-centric opposition to protecting and conserving entire rivers.

What do you think?

  • Should dams still be a part of a regional energy portfolio, given the problems detailed in this video?
  • What are some ways that the region could increase access to energy without adding to the problems caused by climate change?