As the lovely street-side cafés of Jakarta and the stages and stadiums of Paris again open their doors to the world, thoughts will turn to what a future defined by these tragedies might look like. Let us work to ensure that it is a future expressed by global empathy, compassion, and understanding, and not by increasing distrust and conflict.
Nanda Devi is known as the "bliss-giving goddess," though the Sanskrit word "ananda," at the root of her name, is better understood as "contentment." Being an atheist, I seek the mountain more than the goddess, though the two are inseparable. Despite my disbelief, I have always appreciated the spiritual resonance of the Himalayas.
Sikkim, a small state in the northeast Himalayas, accounts for almost 90 percent of India's large cardamom production, making India one of the world's largest producers and exporters of the spice. But all of this is now at stake. The region's undulating mountains that once offered the perfect climatic conditions and fertile soil for the lucrative crop have turned into a breeding ground for pathogens -- which experts believe are caused by climate change.