Ice Stupa is a company offering a form of glacier grafting technique that creates artificial glaciers used for storing winter water which otherwise goes to waste. The water is stored in large cone shapes or stupas, which offer minimum surface area to the sun, while holding high volumes of water. During spring, when water is scarce and is most needed to sow and irrigate crops, the stupas melt to increase water supply.
How they’re disrupting
Ice Stupa was designed to be used in the Ladakh region of India, an agricultural area in the Himalayas dependent solely on snow and glacier meltwater. Due to climate change, the region is experiencing hotter summers, resulting in an increase of melting glaciers and a scarcity of water during the spring season, when it is most needed. Storing ice in these large stupas means it can be readily accessed when it is required to sow crops such as barley, wheat and fruit trees.
The population of Ladakh is roughly 300,000. A study in 2009, estimated climate change was affecting 300 million people.
Investments and future
Ice Stupa received $125,000 through crowdfunding on Indiegogo. The organisation is planning to plant 150,000 trees across their region and also build a university specialising in climate change that will eventually host 5,000 students.