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U.S. rock star sings to save shrunk Kashmiri glaciers

India, December 8, 2009

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Peerzada Arshad Hamid

Xinhua News Service
December, 2009

SRINAGAR, India-controlled Kashmir, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- While the national leaders and thousands of negotiators from across the globe have gathered in Copenhagen for climate change conference, American alternative rock star, songwriter Terra Naomi, Monday performed in Srinagar to raise awareness about battered environment, such as depleting glaciers in Kashmir.

Naomi, the YouTube sensation, sang in an auditorium on the banks of world famous Dal Lake.

Dressed in Kashmiri attire, she played her guitar and sang her super hit number "Say It's Possible", much to the applause of audience who thronged the venue Monday evening to hear Naomi's environmental call.

"I am a singer and want to raise awareness across the world about the depleting glaciers in Himalayas in this region. I hope that I can help motivate people to take climate change more seriously and work together to find a way to minimize the damage we are doing to environment, "Naomi briefed media prior to her performance.

The concert was organized by the Mercy Corps, an International aid and development organization striving to create environmental awareness among the people and pleading for cutting in green house emissions.

A month before a research study unveiled by the scientists here said India-controlled Kashmir's main glacier, the Kolahoi in Himalayas is receding at an alarming pace threatening water supply to the millions of people inhabited in both parts of divided Kashmir and to the portions of Pakistan.

According to the study, the Kolahoi glacier has shrunk to about4.25 square miles (11 square km) from about five square miles (13 square km) in the past three decades.

"Say it's possible, is the song which is inspired by former U.S. vice president Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth," said Usman Ahmad, regional director of Mercy Corps.

Apart from staging a solo performance, Naomi also sang in chorus with Kashmiri known singer Waheed Jeelani, who sang the Kashmiri version of "Say it is possible "on the beats of Kashmiri orchestra.

Since the concert coincides with the Copenhagen summit on climate change, both Naomi and the organizers want Copenhagen to take note of the changing climate in Kashmir.

Kashmir is an important part of the Himalayas region, which is the source of all the major rivers in Asia that feed more than 3 billion people.