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A campaign to ban plastic bags and plastic mineral water bottles in all National Parks and trekking areas of Nepal.

 

WHY BAN ?
Single-use plastic bags and plastic bottles can take over 1000 years to dissolve and recycling is close to impossible in the remote mountainous areas of Nepal. Plastic is hazardous for health and cause pollution that is extremely difficult and expensive to clean up in Nepal’s fragile eco-system. As an example, a kilo of garbage collected from Clean Everest Campaign cost 95 dollars per kilo…

The ban is possible : it has been done in other Himalayan regions (Ladakh, Sikkim, Bhutan) and locally, since 12 years, on the Chomrung – Annapurna Sanctuary trekking route by a local association initiative.

Preserving Nepal pristine nature, promoting sustainable tourism for long term income for local communities and enhancing Nepal’s image abroad are the main objectives of this civil society initiative

 

ALTERNATIVES

Visitors to Nepal should be informed of the ban and advised to bring purifying pills and water containers. All lodges on the trekking route should be required to install tab water filters and the selling of filtered water will compensate for the lost mineral water bottles. Locally made solar heaters are widely used in mountain areas of Nepal to boil water for free. And today light personal UV purifiers are also available. So alternatives to single-use mineral water plastic bottles (which are used mostly by tourists and not by local communities) exist. Lodges or local shops equipped with a filter can sell filtered water for the same but clean income.

 

SUPPORT

We request all friends of Nepal, trekkers and trekking agencies, National Parks, environmentalists and tourist sector activists to promote and to support this initiative to make sure that Nepal government implement swiftly the ban before it’s too late.
Let’s DECLARE NEPAL HIMALAYA A PLASTIC BAGS & BOTTLES FREE ZONE in order to preserve Nepal unique but fragile environment.

 Carrying your own re-usable bag and drinking water from your own water bottle is the easiest responsible act that can make a difference.

One comment

  1. Such kind of information and message must be spread through out the world.

    Today is the day to declare Plastic free Himalayas in Nepal.

    Lets join hand.

    Lets give the message to all over the world.

    This is our common responsibility.

    To reaffirm faith based on respect for environment protection.

    Lets clean all the garbage from the Himalayas.

    Himalaya is the dwelling of The Almighty God.

    All tourists and expedition groups to Himalaya must carry alternative to Plastic. They must carry alternative water pot, cotton bag instead of single use plastic bag and plastic water bottle. Carrying plastic to Himalaya is violence of Nepalese culture and Environmental Protection Act, 1996 and Environment Protection Regulation, 1997.

    ATTENTION !!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! TO ALL

    Carrying Plastic bag and water bottle to Himalaya is punishable and can terminate your trekking, tour and expedition.

    Kharel

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