However, our mountains are now succumbing to extreme air and plastic pollution.
Increased tourist inflow and availability of packaged goods without proper waste management result in accumulation of large heaps of trash in the pristine water bodies and meadows of Himalaya, Purvanchal, Satpura and Vindhya ranges as well as in the Western Ghats.
It is imperative for us to protect our hills and mountains. This is what each of us can easily do when in the mountains:
Educate others about the importance of mountains
Practice what you preach: Never litter in the mountains: take all your trash with you and don't leave or burn it
Avoid plastic as much as possible. Carry your own bottle and refill it at springs with clean water
Participate in a clean up or collect trash while trekking
Alert authorities about waste problems wherever you see it. You can do it via social media or grievances portals
Don't ever give up and fight for the clean mountains for our next generation and all the beings dependent on these ecosystems!