Ladakh activist Sonam Wangchuk began a five-day long hunger strike ‘Climate fast’ on top of Khardung La on January 26. Wangchuk demanded extension of the sixth schedule of the Constitution. Environmental protection from unchecked industrial and commercial expansion was also part of his demand. On Instagram, he shared a video in which he said, ” I have been protesting for the last five days for the conservation of Ladakh and its glaciers. A large number of people of North India are dependent on Himalayan glaciers for water. We will face a shortage of water in the coming decades if glaciers melt due to industries. In democracy, our leaders are trained in the mind for only five years. A visionary approach is required. We cannot lose tomorrow for today’s benefit as we have to save water for the future.