Tell us about the work you are doing to create a wilder world.
Poor solid waste management along road side is one of the serious issues in present context of Nepal. Throwing of solid waste anywhere in open space has resulted in increased pollution especially in urban areas with high population. Hence we have started a campaign to make local people and local organizations, energetic youths, and authorized government aware on the effects of poor waste management in environment and spread out the ways of mitigating the problems of improper waste management in the country.
We have started the campaign in three different sites of Pokhara: Hemjaa, Mahendrapool and Prithvichowk Bus Park area where the problems have been felt more. We have adopted different techniques and tools to run the campaign according to the need of the area. We are now trying to connect school children with this campaign by formally establishing school-school cleanliness club.
National Youth Council, Nepal is youth based voluntary organization. I am the program-coordinator of this campaign (Roadside Solid waste Management) and I am leading this campaign in Pokhara where the campaign is doing quite well. Now we are thinking to extend the campaign to almost all parts of the country by uniting youth groups, local bodies and local organization together. The next phase of this campaign is Recycle Phase. We are thinking to establish recycle Power Plant in Pokhara though small it may be to examine the result of the power plant. If it does well , we will extend the power plant at larger scale too. Hence we are in need of some financial assistance and technical help to run the campaign well.
What have been some successes you have had?
This campaign aims at creating a youth network residing in different districts of Nepal to work together for better solid waste management in the country and impose a sense of responsibility among the local people towards this issue. We have been able to do so to some extent around Pokhara, Nepal and now we are trying to extend the campaign in almost all parts of Nepal.
We started the campaign from 3rd March 2016. Since then we have regularly conducted weekly sanitation programs, orientation classes to local people at the end of every month, we have distributed dustbins in some of the places. With this work done, we have been able to gain some positive feedback which are listed below:
1. Use of plastic bags has been banned in the area
2. Local people have been involved in the campaign
3. Government has started supporting our campaign
4. Awareness program has been generated through the tv program and radio programs.
What are five (5) of your short term goals to accomplish in the next 1-2 years?
Roadside Solid Waste Management Campaign is initiated with the aim of rooting out the garbage disposal problem from the country. The campaign aims at not only creating awareness, but also producing leaders in each locality to stand for conservation, to speak for conservation and to unite local people for conservation and hence promoting bottom to top level approach in conservation .
1. Encouraging local people/local organization to get involved for the conservation of the environment where they live and informing them about the effects of the poor environment on health.
2. Eradicating the improper disposal of waste from the country.
3. Maintaining a coordination between Government based conservation programs and local people needs and demands.
4. Establishing a recycle power plant in the country and converting waste to energy.
5. Promoting recycle, reuse, reduce concept massively.
What are five (5) of your long term goals to accomplish in the next 5-10 years?
We have built a long term vision for this campaign!
1. Employment opportunity will be created for the youths by engaging them in recycle power plant (business) and in promoting the campaign.
2. Other forms of energy will be generated from the waste and the created energy will be used for other useful works.
3. Much of the trash problem from most of the places will be solved which will ultimately lead to clean and beautiful Nepal.
4. Large youth network will be established to work for the environment conservation within the country.
5. A very good example will be shown to the world, a true effort from youths can change everything, can make anything happen!
How can the public get involved with your project/work?
We want to start up a handicraft business , all the handicrafts products will be from waste products based on re-use concept(reuse of plastic bottle, glasses, paper, clothes). Housewives will be trained to manufacture products like bags, purses, and decoration materials utilizing the waste products. Manufactured products will be sold and profits will be distributed among the trained housewives who will be encouraged to participate in the business and run their own. But we are in need of some financial help to start this business. However we are trying our best to collect the funds.
What are some lessons you have learned/what would you have done differently?
Yes, it is hard to convince the community to believe you, to trust your work when you are younger than them! But we have understood that there is much satisfaction in working with the people around you. We are definitely learning by doing, and most importantly, we are uniting people in our campaign. We are building our network throughout the country! Our effort and struggle will be a boon to our country.
A true effort from youths can change everything, can make anything happen!
We are definitely learning by doing, and most importantly, we are uniting people in our campaign.
It has been possible just because of the positive support from the local people, local organizations and authorized bodies.