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As tourists flock to Indian Himalayas, women lead plastics clean-up
by Athar Parvaiz

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
15 August 2018

On 15 August 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: Leh is the largest town in the remote region of Ladakh, where locals have long wrested a living from herding goats and tending barley and wheat fields, ringed by 6,000-metre (19,685-foot) snow-capped peaks. 'We used to drink directly from the streams -- until our land became a tourist hub,' said Tsering Chondol, 60. The steady environmental deterioration over the years spurred more than 4,000 volunteers in the Women's Alliance of Ladakh, which Chondol heads, to take measures to tackle plastic waste. The women's group is also now campaigning to end the use of chemical fertilizers. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

. . . 'The ban on plastic carry-bags in Ladakh was successful because groups like Women's Alliance ensured people's participation in implementing the bans,' he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

In Ladakh, alliance volunteers -- backed by the local council and the police -- inspect shops and markets up to three times a year.

They also come armed with a solution: not only do they warn locals about the damage plastic bags do in the environment, but they sell handmade cloth bags as an alternative.

The income generated from making and selling cloth bags, as well as traditional dresses, helps the volunteers continue their conservation efforts while providing them with an extra source of cash in a region where most women are farmers and housewives.

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