In July 2011 twenty five teenagers will bike 270 kilometers, crossing 3 passes over 10,000 ft to learn first hand perspectives on climate change, as told to them by monks, farmers, and conservationists in the Himalayan country of Bhutan. They will then present their views at the Climate Change Summit in October, to the political leaders of the countries on the south face of the Himalayas.
In the Fall of 2007 a small group of Bhutanese graduate students at the University of Montana, with their Missoulian friends, organized a Bhutanese Festival - "Chilies and Happiness." The prime motive was to have a good time! And spread cheer the Bhutanese way - through good food, music, games and camaraderie. It was an instant hit and more than 200 people attended it. A good time was indeed had! More people started asking about it the next year and the second festival commenced. It has now become an eagerly awaited Missoulian Fall event. Soon (October 3, 2009 to be precise), we will happily host the third annual Bhutanese festival, as always, at the Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS) farm. This blog is about this event and others related to bringing a piece of Bhutan to western Montana. You can also view some of the slides from the first event on YouTube here.
Stay tuned for more information on this year's event! Save the date - Saturday, October 3 (starts at 4:00 PM till whenever...).