Forest Fires are a growing threat to the entire Himalayan ecology as it affects the biodiversity and depletes the forest cover.
In 2016 only, according to the forest department; more than 1600 incidents of fires were reported and 8,600 acres of forest had been burnt. These fires are mainly initiated by the locals living in the region for short term benefits and ignoring the irreversible long term negative effects. There is a growing pattern and frequency to which these fires happen and engulfs the whole forest. It is crossing the threshold of sustainability and so it will have irreversible impact on local and global level.
Fig :The average temperature of North India rose by a considerable amount as a direct result of 2016 forest fires.
Our Project to Stop Forest Fires
We, as interns working with the Himalayan Ecotourism, aim to cease the forest fires in the Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh by approaching the local villagers and to initiate a conscious movement.
So, our plan is-
- To go and meet personally the villagers living around the Great Himalayan National Park. Through constructive discussions and presentation we will highlight the fact that, when they burn forest, long term losses outweigh the short term benefits. This would ultimately create a strong movement among the people of the Kullu valley.
- Deliver presentations in the Secondary and High-Secondary schools as part of a sensitisation programme which would help install a rational thinking against forest fire in the mindset of students as they are the future of the region.
We Need Your Help
Our previous crowdfunding project enabled us to acquire an Audio-Visual set-up which helped us with our presentations and showcasing the documentary. We are very thankful to all of the contributors which made our preliminary efforts a success.
Now, we need to look forward towards the next step of our initiative, and, as we are a group of interns working with a social enterprise having limited funds, we need your help to successfully implement it.
Hence, we require your support for the following –
- To set up boards (100) around the Kullu valley to further raise awareness among the locals and the tourists about consequences caused by forest fire- Rs. 50,000.
- To produce leaflets that would be given to the school children after the sensitisation presentation; so that they can go back and talk about the issue at home- Rs25,000
- To support the logistic expenses of our field visits, most of the villages being far from the roads- Rs25,000