For more than 40 years, WWF-India has been working on issues related to nature conservation, sustainable livelihoods and governance, and climate change. Its mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
Green Hiker aims at raising awareness about the vulnerability of the fragile Himalayan ecosystem and encouraging tourists and tour operators to adopt responsible tourism practises towards minimising their carbon footprint. The campaign message is - Nature leaves a mark on you, don’t leave one behind!
HOW TO ACT?
Young people constitute a considerable percentage of annual travellers to the Himalaya, whether it is for adventure sports or camping. Not only can they learn to practise these sustainable measures, but can also influence others to do the same by setting the example of being a ‘green hiker’. :
- Don’t leave your trash behind – if you bring it in, take it with you
- Observe wildlife from a distance and avoid flash photography
- Always camp 30m away from lakes and streams and opt for biodegradable organic soaps for washing and cleaning
- Hike in a single file in the middle of the track to avoid further erosion
- If you come across other people’s trash, pick it up as well
- Hire local guides or choose homestays so that the economic benefits remain in the region
- Encourage your guides/porters to adopt responsible practices as well
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