The Environmental Agenda

Envionmenial activism has to extend beyond planting and protecting trees. Nepalis must be ready to address more complicated present and future problems with their environment.

Many people believe that the environmental problem in Nepal begins and ends with talk of deforestation and degraded hillsides. But the issue is a complex one and involves more than merely the protection of woodlands and prevention of topsoil loss. As the country enters a new era, hopefully of economic development, other environmental issues will have to be faced. They already range from the questions of high dams in the Himalaya to factory effluent on the Narayani river, air pollution, water and soil quality, and the negative impact of highways and other activity on ecosystems. The seriousness of these diverse environmental problems should not be doubted.

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