Chewang Norphel, a 79-year-old civil engineer from Ladakh, India, has been living in a “land of high passes” for all his life. Back in 1987, Norphel invented artificial glaciers and started constructing massive dams in order to efficiently use the water gathered from melting ice. Being simple and low-cost projects, these inventions have changed lives of even the most skeptical farmers. 30 years ago, Norphel was laughed at and never taken seriously, but today he stands in front of the camera as a proud citizen, and a real climate hero.
Climate Heroes is a not-for-profit media project that aims to shed the light on those men and women who stand out by their values and actions, and can thus be set up as inspirational models to help us mitigate climate change.
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Article on Better India about Chewang Norphel is here.