Target: Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change in India
Goal: Initiate a cleanup of the Himalayas to preserve cultural and natural resources.
The Himalayas are in danger from thousands of pounds of trash that are left my foreign climbers and hikers. The trash and litter has altered the fragile ecosystem and contaminated the local drinking water. We must urge India’s Ministry for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change to initiate an immediate cleanup of the mountains and take action to prevent further pollution.
The Himalayas have come to be known as the ‘world’s highest junkyard.’ This has concerned the local communities that survive on the mountains’ resources. The rivers on Everest supply approximately 60 percent of their drinking water. This water flows through human excrement and other leftover trash creating possibility of widespread disease. Rapid deforestation in the region has also disrupted the ecosystems on the mountain. The building of roads and dams puts the already fragile mountains in a dangerous state. Increased air pollution from cooking stoves and forest fires has deposited layers of soot upon the mountains and contributed to global warming in the region. The risk of avalanches has increased and the loss of native species are imminent.
While some efforts have been made to clean up the Himalayas, there is more to be done. Assigning eco-sensitive zones on the mountains will make it illegal for climbers to leave trash behind. It will also prevent deforestation and the building of damaging infrastructure. Also, alternative forms of energy should be introduced in neighboring regions to minimize air pollution and prevent further melting of the mountain. Demand that the Ministry for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change take action to protect these sacred mountains.
Dear Minister Javadekar,
The Himalayan mountains have come to be known as the ‘world’s highest junkyard.’ Thousands of pounds of trash have been dumped on the mountain by foreign climbers. This trash contaminates the ecosystem and the drinking water. We urge you to consider a mass cleanup of the Himalayas and to consider preventative measures to prevent further contamination.
The accumulation of pollution on the Himalayas has put all of its dependents at risk. The ecosystem is fragile due to increased air pollution and the effects of global warming. Rapid urbanization of the area has put numerous plants and animals in danger of extinction as well as disrupted ecosystems.
We propose a mass cleanup of the Himalayas along with the creation of eco-sensitive zones and the utilization of alternative energy sources. It is time to give back to the Himalayas and protect them from further human interference.
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