Tourism minister Gilgit-Baltistan Raja Nasir Ali Khan made a big announcement on Monday 16th October 16, 2021, which states that making Gilgit Baltistan plastic-free bags by January 2022.
Raja Nasir Ali Khan stated that “Gilgit-Baltistan is committed to going plastic bag-free by January 2022. If succeeded, we will be the first largest region in entire South Asia to have achieved this.”
In recent turbulent follow of tourists towards the mountainous region starts deteriorating the climate conditions so rapidly. The world’s eyes are on this region due to its strategic importance as well the gigantic glaciers. which are affecting the most due to plastic wastes.
This timely taken initiative to counter the increasing pollution in the region will help to sustain nature which is the basic need of the locals as well.
Tourist response on plastic-free campaign
On social media, everyone is praising the Gilgit Baltistan plastic-free campaign. Nature lovers are volunteering to take an active part in the campaign in the very next coming season.
The outcomes of such a positive campaign could be ‘A step towards sustainability. Gilgit Baltistan is the most affected region of climate change in Pakistan. This much-needed step needs funding and legal protection from Islamabad to go strong.
Plastic-free role model
Hunza is the first plastic-free region in Asia. Which is also located in the home of mighty mountains. This replication of the model is not possible without supports of locals and tourists. The major plastic generation source in the current time is tourists and not doubly the climbing community. Authorities should formulate some rules to enforce the campaign to some extent. A campaign on free will may not succeed. The public ownership and responsiveness history are not good. Without the formulation of rules and guidelines to take up the campaign, it could turn out to be a waste of time and resources.
The initiator of this campaign must have a clear vision on which everyone’s support is much needed. This campaign is far more important than is defined and looks. Climate change could be a catastrophe for the habitats of Gilgit Baltistan. the bricks to bricks bond will are important to achieve the milestone.