Earthwatch Teen Expeditions are designed specifically and exclusively for 15 to 18 year olds, and are completely different to any other experience teenagers can have.
Do something special this summer: investigate the impact of climate change on fragile plant species and the effect of decreased plant biodiversity in Kullu Valley, and meet inspiring people from around the world.
The Kullu Valley, a delightful region in the northwest Indian Himalayas, is known as the Valley of the Gods. The valley spreads its charm on either side of the upper reaches of the River Beas. Kullu is also known for its historic Buddhist monasteries and temples, religious festivals, and hot springs.
Kullu Valley is famous for its apple orchards and farms. But flowering plants are disappearing, and the numbers of pollinators such as bees and butterflies are declining. Crops are suffering, and farmers must “hire out” bees to ensure pollination. These changes are threatening the region’s traditional agriculture and its financial stability.
Help experts to study the impact of climate change on vegetation and the effect of decreased biodiversity on the numbers of insects in the area. This research will ultimately also help local farmers to select crops and wild plants that can attract pollinators.. Your findings will help to develop policies for agricultural management in the Indian Himalayan region.