Kathmandu: 99 youth of Nepal, calling themselves Himalayan Warriors collected petitions from 1 lakh Nepali citizens in favor of their demand with the government of Nepal to declare the climate-smart Great Himalaya Trails as a National Pride Project.
The Himalayan Warriors came together and launched a 99-day Campaign named HOPE on January 15, 2017 through which they were demanding the government of Nepal and the international community to step up and take responsibility for the climate injustice perpetuated on the Himalayan Communities.
The 99-Day HOPE Campaign had 3 demands:
i) Make the government of Nepal declare the climate-smart Great Himalaya Trails as a National Pride Project,
ii) Make the government of Nepal declare the Great Himalayan Trail declared as Priority Climate Adaptation Landscape of Nepal in the developing NAP (National Adaptation Plan), and
iii) Ministry of Environment to be provided with the Pollution Tax collected by the government (50 paisa on every liter of Petrol/Diesel sold) for monitoring and improving the deteriorating urban and rural environmental situation including implementing the Plastic Bag ban order of the government, bringing more polluters (particularly those involved in food packaging) under polluter pay principle, minimizing air pollution and solid waste, and helping Climate Change adaptation work.
The campaign was a part of Himalayas Our Pride (HOPE) movement, a youth-led initiative to protect and preserve the Himalayas and the Himalayan Communities, which is currently housed at Climate Alliance of Himalayan Communities (CAHC)- a not for profit organization having representation of community leaders from across Nepal’s Himalayas. The campaign is provided technical support by Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI)- a not for profit organization promoting sustainability and inclusion.
It kicked off on 15 January organizing an event at Maitighar Mandal, Kathmandu in presence of Himalayan Community leaders including Ang Tehsering Sherpa, former Environment Minister Ganesh Shah, renowned climate activist Prashant Singh, environmental justice non-profit committee members, climate activists who all gathered at Mandala to support the 99- youth (Himalayan Warriors) leading the Campaign.
“Mountains are our asset and they are now in extremely poor state. If we do not act now it is for sure we are going to lose this asset”, Manjeeta Gurung, Campaign Lead. “I am sure that with this Campaign we can help bring some positive changes in mountain development in Nepal, she added.
The Campaigners did various youthful events and activities in and outside Kathmandu Valley to spread awareness among people and make them understand why their demands were so significant for the development of mountain region and people living on the foothills