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Earth Day Trek in Nepal Inspires Global Climate Change Action
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- disaster relief & prevention
- Asia / Pacific
To commemorate Earth Day, USAID teamed up with the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) to organize a trek through Nepal’s Langtang region, called the Green Hiker-Green Planet Campaign. The trek brought together many members of Nepali society to raise awareness of global climate change and ongoing climate change adaption initiatives supported by the organizations.
The hikers included representatives from media, parliament and the private sector. Hikers were able to view firsthand the threats posed by climate change and discuss ways they could work collaboratively to address its effects. This is especially pertinent in Nepal, as approximately 1.3 billion people are dependent on the water that comes out of the Nepali mountains’ many rivers, which are currently being threatened by landslides, changing rainfall patterns and forest fires.
The trek ended with a press conference in Katmandu, Nepal that featured leading climate change experts and reflections on the lessons learned from the trek.
USAID/Nepal staffer Stuti Basnyet recounts the impactful trek in USAID’s Impact blog.