From now students of Tri-Chandra college, a historic college in Nepal, will opt for green protest programs instead of tire burning and other vandalism activities. Student Leaders of Tri-Chandra College expressed their commitement on Monday during the interaction program organized to declare "Tri-Chandra College (TC) as Tyre Burning Free Zone."
With an aim to aware the college students, students leaders and college administration on issues and impact of air pollution in Nepal and adverse impacts of tire burning during protest program, Clean Energy Nepal (CEN), Clean Air Network Nepal (CANN), Environment Department of TC and Youth for Conservation-student club of TC College, have collectively organized an Interacción Program with the theme "My Responsibility for Clean Air" on July 16 2007.
The program basically focused on the issues of tire burning and its health impact. "Although the burning of tire is very hazardous it has become the easiest way of protesting", said Mr Bhusan Tuladhar, Executive director of ENPHO. He further added, "Burning tires also releases dioxin, which was recognized by EPA in 1985 as the most potent human made carcinogen known till date". He urged students’ leaders and other students to come forward to spread awareness in this regard and commit for environment friendly protest with out burning of tires in roads and streets of valley.
According to Mr. Bhushan Tuladhar, the present level of air pollution of Kathmandu demands immediate actions and commitments at the individual, community and national scale to lessen threat of air pollution impacts. "The degrading air quality level of the valley is increasing number of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other respiratory disease patients .To save life of people, we should dare to speak for clean air and create public pressure on concerned authority," said Mr. Tuladhar.
In the program, various student leaders expressed their grave regret for using tire burning as a protest mean. The student leaders said that they have now realized the negative impacts of air pollution, tire burning and its impact. So they unanimously declared that the student of Tri-Chandra College will not burn tires around the college premises during any protest programs in the days to come. At the same time, they also promised to initiate simple actions at the individual and institutional level to promote environment friendly attitudes and behavior for clean air.
On behalf of their organization, all of them put their signatures on a commitment banner which declares "Tri-Chandra College as a tire burning free zone."
The signatories include Binay Ram Bhatta, Vice President of Free Student Union, Purushottam Kadariya, Secretary of FSU representing ANFSU, Pittamber Bhandari of Nepal Student Union, Tekendra Joshi of ANFSU-revolutionary.
For further information:
Gopal Raj Joshi
Clean Air Network Nepal
Secretariat Office: Clean Energy Nepal
Tel: 4257481, 9841259930
Email: [email protected]