Kathmandu converges at Nepal’s biggest sustainable lifestyle fairKathmandu, Nepal – The Earth Hour celebration in Nepal this year saw a staggering participation of over four thousand individuals gathered at Bhrikuti Mandap at Nepal’s biggest sustainable lifestyles fair, the Eco Social Jam. The event showcased some of Nepal’s leading environmentally responsible businesses providing alternative lifestyle options for the benefit of ourselves and future generations, while also featuring performances by local artists.
Visitors at the event had the opportunity to engage first hand with local social enterprises and discover the world of alternative lifestyle choices such as Blue Waste to Value, Dhasoo, Doko Recyclers, Hamri Bahini, I’m the Gardener, Kabaadi at Your Doorstep, Khalisisi, Pasah Café, Smart Paani, Social Tours, Tyre Treasures, Anthropose, Raithanne, and Falfull among others.
Insignificant as it may seem, even simple acts like replacing plastic bags with cloth bags, avoiding single use plastic, or even printing on both sides of a paper can contribute significantly towards a sustainable planet. Imagine the impact that all our actions together can create.
“Our environment is changing and degrading at a rapid pace,” said Dr. Ghana S. Gurung, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. “The only way we can start reversing the impact on nature is by becoming more sensitive about our actions. Small, sustainable lifestyle choices could be the start to minimizing environmental impact, one person at a time.”
Too few people currently understand the vital importance of nature – and the huge threats it faces. For some people, nature feels distant and unimportant. Millions of people who live in cities may only experience nature on a screen and remain disconnected and unaware how nature is impacting and underpinning their lives.
Individuals, businesses and cities in 188 countries and territories worldwide joined Earth Hour to speak up for nature and inspire urgent action for the environment. Through the global appeal of the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, #EarthHour, #Connect2Earth and related hashtags trended in 26 countries as people across the globe generated over 2 billion impressions to show their concern for the planet. Millions of people have spoken, urging world leaders to secure an international commitment to stop and reverse the loss of nature.