20 July 2016: The young Campaigners of No Thanks! I Carry My Own Bag Campaign- which successfully banned plastic bags in Kathmandu from 14 April 2015 (Baishak 1, 2072) have revived their awareness programs. The Campaign along with its activities which were stalled after the disastrous earthquake of 25 April 2015, right 12 days after Nepal Government declared the ban, and the campaigners also got engaged in providing relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction support to the earthquake victims.
The earthquake unfortunately stopped our government to enforce the ban effectively then but now that the situation after the earthquake is little better, the Campaigners have started the awareness programs again targeting to implement the ban effectively.
In due course, the Campaigners visited various schools and colleges to let the students know that their own Campaign have been revived, and they can join in for various activities to remind people about the ban and once again aware them about the harmful effects of using plastic bags.
Meanwhile, a troop of 36 campaigners are performing Flash Mob at various locations assessing the need of awareness required. Kalimati vegetable Market, Ason Chowk, Janbahal, Thamel, QFX Kumari Hall, Fun Park and Exhibition Hall are some locations where the troop has reached and performed. Once they gather a significant number of crowds with their dance, the Campaigners give away the flyers and pamphlets to the on-lookers and passers-by to remind and aware people.
Camapigners also organized a Cycle Rally in Kathmandu with dual motive- to encourage people for cycling and to remind people of Kathmandu about the plastic bag ban.
The team of Nagar Mitra- Green Commuting project led by Mr. Sujal Bhandari, and the Campaigners of No Thanks! I Carry My Own Bag Campaign along with other local youth of Kathmandu participated in the Cycle Rally. More than 55 youth wearing the branded white tees of the Campaign rode around the city.
The rally that started from HCI’s head office in Baluwatar went to Ason, New Road, Bhrikuti Mandap and then finally ended at QFX Kumari Hall in Kamalpokhari. The campaigners also distributed phamplets reminding people about the plastic bag ban and making people aware about the harmful effects of plastic bags at various places. 36 campaigners among them also performed a Flash at Kumari Hall premises as a part of the awareness program.
The people who had come to watch movie, and the management of QFX Cinemas were very excited with the youth’s approach and supported their initiatives.