Plastic-Free’ Day Commemorates International Youth Day
Global Peace Youth Corps-Nepal (GPYC-Nepal) in collaboration with K&K International College and the Solid Waste Management Division of the Ministry of Local Development hosted a Plastic-Free Day education program on August 12, 2011 in commemoration of International Youth Day 2011.
Tons of plastic waste in the city of Kathmandu present a growing environmental challenge. Chief Guest Mr. Bhaskar Raj Rajkarnikar, Senior Vice President of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, addressed hundreds of students, teachers, government officials and volunteers, who were challenged to avoid the use of non-biodegradable plastics, and always to properly dispose of plastic materials. The event was reported on the evening news in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.
On the August 13, GPYC hosted another environmental awareness program in Lalitpur involving 50 students who distributed eco-friendly jute bags in exchange for plastic bags. The volunteers also cleaned the surroundings and raised awareness of the importance of cooperation and individual responsibility in caring for the environment.
GPYC Waste Management Seminar Presented at National Multiple College
A necessary component in effective waste management is public awareness and participation. To foster greater awareness about the environment, GPYC-Nepal organized a program at National Multiple College in Lalitpur aimed at educating school teachers, administrators and students on waste management issues, specifically waste and litter control.
“The Ministry of Environment should bring out strict rules and regulations to save rivers, everyone should dissolve waste materials in a scientific way,” said Dr. Tri Netra Pradhan, Chairman of National Multiple College, at the August 4 seminar. The program was coordinated by Mr. Ravi Maharjan and Mr.Keshav Raj Jaishi, and Mr. Mahendra Lamichhane of GPYC-Nepal gave a presentation on GPYC’s vision, mission and activities.
Environmental Awareness Rally Held in Kathmandu
Some 300 students from Sirus College and Gyanoda and Rising Star Higher Secondary Schools marched and carried placards to raised awareness on environmental stewardship and proper waste management. GPYC-Nepal organized the rally on August 16.
“Part of living a greener life is indeed educating others,” said Mr. Dhruba Prasad Lamichhane, GPYC – Nepal President. “Whatever we focus on and expand in our awareness—meaning that if we are passionate about something, in a positive or negative way—then it will exist all around us, and that certainly how it seems to me about the Green Revolution.”