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Himalayan Plastic Removal, Langtang

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Raised by 20 people in 5 months
Created November 6, 2017
Himalayan Plastic Removal, Langtang

Langtang - meaning the "long valley" - in Rasuwa, northern Nepal, is home to over 100 trekking lodges, 500 villagers and a thriving tourist trekking route. Devastated by the earthquake of 2015, Langtang also has a growing plastic crisis. We are launching a pilot 1.0 project to test plastic upcycling in the valley. Please help support this project - with 100% all donations going straight to local solutions co-created with the locals of the valley - and help clear plastic from a beautiful, fragile environment.

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Home of the highest mountains on planet earth: the Himalaya - the abodes of snow.

Magnificent, jaw-dropping, scale and size beyond our wildest imaginations. These mountains deserve all the care we can give them. For millions, the Himalaya provide water, pasture-lands, tourist routes, and thriving local economies.

Yet the views are threatened. The snowy peaks are marred. Imaginations are polluted by the images of trash, garbage, and plastic waylaid beside roads, bridges, and toppling into rivers.

Our gaze should be lifted in these environments - to higher things, higher motives, higher aspirations. The snowy peaks draw our eyes heavenwards. Yet the images are shocking. The plastic. The waste. The putrid litter and garbage, being burnt or left to decompose for five centuries. A solution is desperately needed.

Project live date: Friday 1st December 2017, 3 month trial period

Materials to buy: 5x 1000L plastic bottle storage tanks ($500), 1 bottle = 1 NPR refund ($200 est.), 1x local job to manage collection process ($600 salary, 3 month trial duration), KTM transportation ($200)

Thanks for your support!

Team PSD Nepal @ Kathmandu, Nepal ( www.psdnepal.org)

Langtang location: http://www.tageo.com/index-e-np-v-00-d-m1507254.htm

Team: Victoria Garcia (Universidad Finis Terrae, Santiago, Chile), Samuel Johns (MA Oxon, Oxford & MA Geography, UBC), Bishnu Bhatta (Director, PSD Nepal)
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Tireless work with PSD Nepal in Rasuwa is opening up new streams of collection, clearing, and recycling - including porters, mules, and donkeys

Watch the video below !

Please support this worthwhile effort and help to clean up the Himalaya
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Plastic collection, recycling, and even upcycling - in the works - are coming along apace

View some shots and videos from Langtang:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vuv_IdRZbc
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Back from week 1 in the field !

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A hearty Namaste! greets us. Over cups of steaming chiyaa and with icicles slowly melting, landing droplets of water on frosty ground, our first meeting and community consultation begins in earnest.

The meeting was planned for 9am. It's now just past noon, and all the local elders have assembled.

We find ourselves in Mundu, Rasuwa. High up in the Langtang valley of the Himalaya, we're not far from 4000m and only 2km east of Langtang Village. Stone yak herder huts litter the landscape, and the local Tamang and Tibetan population go about their daily work; collecting yak dung to dry in the sun and be burnt, ploughing small fields for potatoes and carrots, milking the line of grunting yaks to make cheese and curd, and collecting firewood for the next inevitable evening of sub-zero temperatures.

The resolve of these people is remarkable. Not just a tenacity and resourcefulness in some of the harshest conditions in all of Nepal, but also a wonderful warmth and welcome in such a frosty landscape. Chiyaa is never more than a moment's notice away. The head woman (or "didi") of every home is always going about her work with a quiet smile and glint in her eye. Smoke puffs from the small chimneys of every home - some with trekkers, hosting homestays, others simply going about their daily life in this remote valley.

In our midst we have a gregarious Spanish couple trekking in the region for a few weeks, a set of young American students conducting research and surveys with the local people on questions of identity and resilience, and young guys from Kathmandu acting at different times, with mercurial expertise, as guides, translators, interpreters, and even by turn as cooks and waiters.

The momentum of our project is now underway. We are incentivizing the community to clear the landscape and collect the rubbish ("purano plastic") with 1 NPR (rupee) per plastic bottle. In the frame of our larger project scope - including heritage work in the valley and also healthpost support - the launch of phase (i) with plastic recycling is an encouraging start. The locals clap and cheer. Pasang Sherpa, a local mountain guide, bemoans the raft of plastic littering the stunning mountains. He gives an impassioned speech, duly translated by the local elders Dindu and Tshering Pema, and is greeted with rapturous applause. Photos are taken. Blessing scarves are kindly handed out. More chiyaa is drunk. And finally we embark on the work of ensuring a successful phase (i), as a precursor to our whole project.
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