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Kathmandu Rooftop Tree Project
Help People in Kathmandu Breathe Better in by Planting Trees on rooftops!
Kathmandu, Nepal is one of the fastest-growing and most polluted capital cities in the world. The main pollutant, the PM2.5 (smaller particles than what we use to call "fine particles") concentration in Kathmandu is 5.1 times higher than the WHO air quality guidelines recommend. That means the pollution levels in Kathmandu are of concern to its citizens, young and old alike.
Why is it so bad in Kathmandu?
There are numerous causes, such as the rapid growth of the people coming to the city for work, crowded traffic and housing construction for those people, but it also comes from an unexpected source. Polluted air from New Delhi, India manages to find its way to the Kathmandu Valley and sometimes the wind isn’t enough to carry it out. But when it does leave the Kathmandu Valley it makes its way to the environmentally sensitive Himalayas.
Here’s another reason; the 21st century hit Nepal too soon. They had no way of dealing with the plastic and such that has inundated the world. You see, Nepal had been pretty much forgotten about after Migellen decided to get to China via the ocean. Up to that time, Kathmandu was a happening city on the Silk Road. Nepal was quite secluded up until Sir Hilary climbed the majestic Sagarmatha and it got renamed Mt. Everest.
For these countless centuries, the people in Nepal have had a lovely custom that plays a part in this issue, too. You see, Nepalese people are very friendly by nature. In the wintertime, they have a custom of making a small fire in front of their home and inviting passersby to stop to warm themselves while they have a friendly conversation. Nowadays, this fire not only contains scraps of paper and wood, but it contains such things as cigarette butts, plastic and possibly even Styrofoam. This is a deadly concoction and it's a subject our project will address, as well as the need for trees.
Our project is really two-fold. First, we have the pressing issue of the need for trees. Second, we need to shift societal dialog and habits to a new paradigm. We believe children are the best way to accomplish this. After students learn from our environmental curriculum they will have a better connection to our planet and an appreciation of trees. Our goal is to empower each young person to do his part for the environment.
Due to its growing population and other issues discussed above, the city needs basic environmental protection measures to improve its quality of life. We know that trees help significantly in filtering particulate matter (PM) and increase the quality of life by providing a habitat for birds and insects, cooler air and so on.
We do not mean to say the government is neglectful in any way. On the contrary, the government has a goal of Nepal being 45% forest by 2030. The city of Kathmandu has 18 new electric buses with plans to purchase more. When they widened Ring Road, which is a major thoroughfare, the government left enough room for almost the entire highway to be lined with trees. There are small, minibusses running in several cities that run on electricity. There is even a Nepal-based company manufacturing electric scooters. There are manufacturers recycling plastic and making new products with reclaimed material.
All this and much more from one of the poorest countries outside of Africa. But it isn’t enough. This horrible environmental crisis has caught Nepal, like the rest of the world, off guard. It isn’t too late but we need your help. We cannot plant a single tree until we collect enough money for at least 500 trees.
Here’s the plan: We need to collect enough money to plant 500-1000 trees 2 to 2.5 feet tall, not baby saplings. We will need to plant them in large enough pots to accommodate the trees for many years and the pots are made of clay and manufactured in Nepal. Next, we will take our interns and volunteers to one private school in Kathmandu at a time to teach the children about the need for trees and other ways to protect the environment. Then the children will be given a packet to take home to their families to ask them to purchase a tree for their rooftop. The family will need to pay a small amount for the tree to help them feel a sense of connection and pride for the tree. For more information on this portion of our project I invite you to follow along with our Youtube channel, What About Nepal? and our social media pages.
Kathmandu is a beautiful city. It’s a safe place for travelers and the people are amazingly friendly. However, as with any ancient city, the infrastructure is a bit behind the more industrialized countries. It is surrounded by forests and quaint villages. Ancient temples and archaic architecture fills the busy city. It’s a place like no other and somewhere we wholeheartedly hope you’ll visit someday.
Because the city is growing so fast space is very rare. That's why we are planting on the rooftops of the houses in Kathmandu. Planting trees is both effective and easy to implement. People in Kathmandu are already planting trees and flowers on their rooftops, as Nepal is an agricultural country, but like capital cities around the world, land prices are too high to leave much for trees. But, Nepal, being a farming country, everyone seems to have a green thumb and rooftops are made to be beautiful. The skyline is filled with flat rooftops with solar water heating units, water storage, clotheslines and even space for entertaining.
We are planting ficus and laurel trees since they are ‘super air cleaners’ and really help to purify the air we breathe. We will also plant bay leaf trees, as they are super air cleaners, as well. These species grow quite well in the Kathmandu Valley and can live well in a large pot.
We are so grateful for your help and support!
Here's something about one of our projects we helped with.Update posted by Ama Summers at 05:25 am
I know it isn't obvious about what we do or what we've done. Most of our projects have been very small and have been funded by me, Ama, or by donations left by guests and tourist friends. Otherwise, it was just money out of my own pocket. This is something. . . . .
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