It's people like me and you from all walks of life that come together each and everyday to play an integral part in reducing waste, keeping the Earth clean, removing potential pollutants and toxins from entering vulnerable ecosystems and waterways! This in turn keeps the planet healthier, revitalized and reduces the impact of waste on factors such a Climate Change and Global Warming!
The "Let's Clean Up Nepal" (LCUN) organization is operating to spread awareness for a cleaner environment.
We are a non - profit humanitarian aid and environmental NGO.
Nepal is facing of various issues in education, health, and environment sectors.
Mr. Raj Kumar Shrestha is a founder of this organization since 2017.
He has been contributing to circulate the awareness regarding the environment, health, and education issues throughout the country with the collaboration of the other eight team members.
The main establishment of the organization is focusing on aware people environmentally along with the campaign of "Green Trip" within the mountains areas.
We are spreading out our guiding message "Leave no trace” by organizing cleanup programs in the mountains for a cleaner environment.
Moreover, LCUN is focused on improving the health condition of poor women and children, mostly in rural and remote areas along by conducting awareness programs in all parts of the country for a healthy lifestyle.
Furthermore, we would like to change the mindset of urban people by organizing different campaigns.
Therefore, we strongly believe that a small change in mentality of each people will change an improvement in the health of everybody.
Our planet is irreplaceable.. Let's get together and save it!
"Change begins with me."
Founder of Let's Clean Up Nepal
WE ASKED THE FOUNDER..
Name: Shrestha Raj
Profession: mountain guide
One phrase to define you: change the world
Favorite travel destination: Switzerland
Travel weapon: Reuseable water bottle
Why do you believe in sustainable tourism?
I think we have a lot of things to change. First of all, our country is not able to take over all the trash we have in Nepal. Of course, this trash come not only from tourists but also from local people. Both have a responsibility. When tourists (local and foreign) travel in the mountains, they buy junk food and bottles. And then, they throw in the rivers and trekking trails. Local people burn these plastics in the mountains. So, all these bad habits are really bad for our climate. So, I think tourists should be extremely careful with what they bring and buy in the mountains.
For my country, I would like a more sustainable tourism. We could use more local food (instead of chips, kit kat, biscuits,..), drink more tea instead of coke, use biodegradable products, use natural water instead of buying water bottles and refuse plastic bags in shops, use hot bags instead of warmers.
Respect should be in the center of all behaviors (respect of local culture and respect of nature). If we all try to give the best examples, we can slowly reduce impacts of tourism on nature and change local habits.
What cause do you care about and a what actions do you take to lead positive change in the world?
I work for two different causes but they are linked: education and environment.
Since 7 years, I connect donors with poor and orphanage kids who live in remote areas to help them to go to school. I also go often in their schools to aware teachers about how to develop education in the remote villages. I teach to kids how to clean in front of the school and explain them why we need to protect nature. I give also tips for healthy life.
Since 2 years, I clean the mountains and educate local people and nepali tourists. I try to connect with people all over the world to spare my messages. I have cleaned 7 times trekking trails and I have organized 2 events in Kathmandu to clean our city. This year, I have also organized one event in Switzerland to talk about the trash in Nepal.
What motivates you to become an MGT Ambassador?
These days, I organize everything by myself so if I work with my Green Trip I will have more ideas about sustainable tourism. By working together, projects become big and have more impact faster. Trash is everywhere so if we work together and use social medias, we will have more visibility. Other countries can be inspired.
Tell us something special from your last travels.
In Langtang valley (Nepal), I have found a lot of trashes, bottles, broken glasses, cans and plastics. Rivers and forests are full of trash. Sometimes, they burn also.