AF Kathmandu Champions the Cause of the Environment !

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2018 marked the fifth edition of PLANET NEPAL – a biennial festival organised by Alliance Française Katmandou to highlight environmental issues. This year’s edition drew attention to our excessive dependance on plastic products and the disastrous pollution that it causes. The festival started with a bang on November 23, 2018 at Alliance Française Katmandou with an opening address by the French ambassador to Nepal H.E. François-Xavier Léger followed by movie screenings.

The volunteers for the 2018 edition of Planet Nepal

The team, partners, and volunteers for the 2018 edition of Planet Nepal

The main event was oganised on November 24, 2018 at the Lalitpur Metropolitan Office/Garden. The first highlight of the morning was a panel discussion on the topic Waste and its Potential Uses. The panel was moderated by Mukesh Shrestha and consisted of Aayushi K.C. (Founder/CEO of Khaalisisi), Anand Suvam (Artist), Niroj Shrestha (Community Learning Center, UNESCO). and Sanjeevani Shrestha (Director, Wildlife Conservation Nepal).

Some of the attendees at the festival

Some of the attendees at the festival

H.E. François-Xavier Léger and Deputy Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City Gita Satyal gave a speech on plastic pollution and the importance of the proper management of plastic waste. This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Yves Prunier on The Impact of Waste/Pollution on our Health.

H.E. François-Xavier Léger and Deputy Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City Gita Satyal

H.E. François-Xavier Léger and Deputy Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City Gita Satyal

A unique dance performance by Solis Performing Arts highlighted the problems caused by air pollution. A second panel discussion on How to make Nepal Greener? drew large crowds who actively engaged with the discussion. This panel was moderated by Shashi Bikram Karki and consisted of Sudan Panthi (National Professional Environmental Officer, World Health Organization), Dinesh Manandhar (Senior WASH Specialist and former advisor for the Asian Development Bank), Shilshila Acharya (Chief Executive Officer, Himalayan Climate Initiative) and Rudra Gautam (Public Works Division Chief, Urban Planning & Development).

Panel discussion on 'How to make Nepal Greener?'

Panel discussion on ‘How to make Nepal Greener?’

Throughout the day, there was an Art Exhibition, a Photo Exhibition, and various stalls for children to play and learn all around the venue. Stalls from Victor Hugo School, Khaalisisi, Himalayan Climate Initiative, UNESCO, Tyre Treasure, and Jamarko encouraged and explained the recycling of waste products. The venue was also dotted by art installations by different artists who had made them using recycled items.

Children participating enthusiastically in the festival

Children participating enthusiastically in the festival

To top it all off, Doko Recycler ensured that the waste from the event was properly managed and recycled. In line with the theme of the event, Smart Paani provided fresh and filtered drinking water without using any plastic bottles. Fun Photo Station provided another attraction to the event in the form of a photo booth wherein visitors could take photos with different props. This all-day children-friendly event attracted more than 1,500 visitors and culminated with a memorable performance by the Nepali Folk Instrumental band Kutumba.

The Nepali Folk Instrumental band 'Kutumba' performing on stage

The Nepali Folk Instrumental band ‘Kutumba’ performing on stage

Sonu Sagar Dongol

Communication Officer, Alliance Française Katmandou

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