Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bhutanese has a very Poor Waste Management System in Place.

My Team, My World
It is a century of rapid change in society, in science and technology and in everyday life. It is the age of space rockets, super-fast computer system, chain-revolution era and genetic engineering. 

The world's population increased dramatically to over seven billion. That means we are producing seven billion different waste every day and if we are not mindful ourselves then we need just a week (7 billion people X 7 billion waste X 7 days) to ruins our planet totally  –beyond repairable.

Although we have different concern agencies - Clean Bhutan project, municipal community and Green Bhutan project who work onto monitor, sensitize and fix growing waste problem yet there are still many problems underneath on how to effectively management waste.

We have learnt that managing waste for a huge public gathering is not an easy affairs. This is because Bhutanese lagged far behind in civic responsibility which is the main cause of waste in our community. Over the year, global concern such as threat to human life and nature is overburdened with the type of waste and e-waste we produce every day at our home or at workplace. 

Research have also claimed that waste has become a new threat to personal health and newer diseases every passing year in the market. Yet our people never seemed to understand the reality and the impact it throws unto the nature.

On one side we stand firm with clean heart to provide unsoiled environment settings, on the other side were the ravage. Despite working early morning in ball freezing temperature to every-one-hour interval to late evening trying all the best to keep surrounding clean yet we couldn't do as expected. Because, our devotees gathered out were all lacked in civic sense right from the highest and mighty officers to the lay people. We saw nothing more than people recklessly dumping their waste. What the hell Bhutanese education system have taught our people? Who should be blamed for the cause - education or mindset? 
  
If individual take firm stand way forward by managing own waste, it won't be a problem. Otherwise, one man's drama would be a costly consign to take things forward.

Unless we use force and fine them of their action individually anywhere we will never experience clean environment, following middle path approach to our people isn't profitable, isn't wise, isn't enough and isn't working.

For the period of 'Zhemgang Dzongkhag Melamchenmo' I have taken full charge of waste management and clean toilet for all which are the most important and the most challenging task that anyone can shoulder. My intention of taking the charge is to make people understand the impact of waste but no one seemed to comprehend our move. It's not an easy game to play in public with all kinds of mindset and behaviors. 

Rather the concept our public have taken in their head was we are paid to fight with the waste, we are the only responsible stakeholders. Our people have viewed, as if we are punished for some criminal offenses, in their eyes we have became a mighty malefactor.

I have never taken this initiatives for a financial gain, reputation, commercial purpose and for any personal benefit. My main motive was to fashion public awareness on how to manage waste. 

To move effectively, we have used different modes of communication and personality to inform our public, business community and highly educated minds on both good and the bad sides of the waste. Yet it wasn't easy. However, amongst all -the most challenging was to sail and steer ourselves in creating awareness to business community around. They seemed to be the most rude and arrogant lots we have came across every time we go round to clean their waste.   

Although everyone has a right to live, knowledge, freedom and happiness but every person has no right to pollute the environment. It is for all of us! 

We have seen every eyes on the row was eagerly looking and waiting for us to come and collect their waste and clean their environment. As if we have polluted and they have paid us. 
 
Waste Management team busy in their work. 
If you have visited the place and found the vicinity clean and tidy, it is this group who have sacrificed everything just to maintain your hygiene. "Thank them and salute them for their hardship for the cause of your life". 

My appeal to the Government would be, if such religious discourse is for the good cause and for the well-being of whole community there shouldn't be any kinds of business stall -be it religious items or any. I could see and feel that our "Religious Ceremonies and Tshechus" over the year is becoming more like business opportunity. 

Happily see you next season with changed mindset!

Plumbeous water redstrart


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bhutanese Has a very Poor Toilet Habit.

Meolam Chenmo being the most awaited religious event in the Dzongkhag brings thousands of devotees from all works of life together. It happens normally for four-to-nine days according to the Dzongkhags plan. And as a Dzongkhag toilet ambassador, this time is the perfect platform for me to give a trial based experiment to provide clean toilet for all.

Pit Latrine, the Bhutanese Soul 

However, for few days I and my volunteer team have been proudly and happily battling the responsibility to facilitate a 'clean toilet for all' with very limited resources in whatever ways possible. Even by covering some expenses from personal savings, thinking that we could help make a positive impact on their lives. 

But it wasn't a good turnout even after a constant remainders to use toilet mindfully. And even by safeguarding and trying hard by personally informing them about the impact of toilet one-to-one yet we saw our people so rude and carefree. They acted as if they were freshly transported from another planet without any values and ethics. 
Overview of Public Toilet for Zhemgang Meolem Chenmo
Toilet in Bhutan has a long story. It came long way though hiding behind the bushes, using stones and stick to wipe the anus to pit latrine to pour-flush toilet and the new season of Smart Toilet System in 21ST century. But, where do we stand in figure on clean toilet policy for all? 

It has never capitalized and touched the heart of our people in clean toilet and toilet habits although it plays a vital roles in everyone's life. It is a long never upended problem we have around in our neighborhood. Toilet is the most important part of everyone's life yet we see less people bothered and interested to take-up clean toilet habits in every doorsteps. Everywhere you step in, you would see this problem standing and unsolved. And the bigger challenges are on rise every year with increasing population with more rude minds. 

In making of VIPs Toilet.
Toilet in Bhutan has a bad impression from a long time ago. We are traditionally inclined so much in using bushes, stones and sticks to relieve ourselves. Aren't we rude to ourselves?  

As soon as we hear about the toilet, we have a very negative feelings about it - this and that! We feel so cheap to say 'TOILET', because we have never seen and used clean toilet system at home, community or in city. 

We never mind to invest thousands-and-thousands to buy smart phones to luxurious cars but not to a simple pour-flush toilet system at our home. What a big mindset we have in Bhutan?

Although there are endless clause made to fix this common problems for a long time ago, Ministry of Health collaborated with village health workers to fight for clean toilet for all yet the mission wasn't seemed successful. Honestly we are failing as a nation in proper toilet habits all day and all year. We have still long way to reach the goal of 'clean toilet for all.' 

Toilet Settings for His Holiness. 
Honestly, we live in a small compounded society and everything is still manageable. All we needed is a cooperative and civic minds in place rather than just a mouth-service. 

Until we come up with policy which can fit in everyone's mind we will never experience a better toilet life. Until our mindset change for clean toilet, we will never experience a clean toilet habits. And bushes, stones and stick would remain a companion for a toilet purpose.  


HAPPY TOILET SESSION!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Snow-capped mountain

11/03/2017 : Love or Hate!

The final line of snowfall. 

Mountain covered with snowfall, full of love. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy Women's Day

Let us empower our every women on their right and strength: 8th, March 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

White-bellied Heron

Photo courtesy: Mr. Yeshey Dorji, bird photographer.
Lately, before the news covered on 'White-bellied Heron, pride of Berti', ended I became quite ambitious about easy watching of the bird along Bertichhu, zhemgang. One of the world's critically endangered bird species.   

Before the dream of watching the bird dies, I have planned my travel to reach the site and have nonchalant one-to-one watch over this exquisite bird - feedings and patterns.

The place somewhere lies to a good distance of Forty kilometers stretched away from the place where I live and work. Unless, one has a very genuine reason to travel to the place, one can. Otherwise, it is very expensive affairs to-and-fro travel for bird watching alone. However, with much sacrifices and without compromising my passion for the love of nature and the bird, I have made myself in the place on one national holidays.

Upon reaching the place, my first priority was to have a closer watch on its habitat, style, nest, body size and the population. I have stayed along the main stream for almost three hours trying to locate and photograph the bird movement. I have even reached near its nesting place to have even more closer watch with the help of one kind locals. But unfortunately I couldn't locate and view the bird I was looking for. Which left me some disappointment over expensive affairs but I have got some new birds species on my bird list. And as a bird enthusiast and photographer, it's enough to have one clean and quality bird shot and some landscape frames, which is enough if you can't make it to Bird you are looking for.   

It's a good initiative that the government and responsible agencies are trying their best to protect such bird species from its extinction from the land. But, at the same time it's not easy to conserve the natural habitats of birds, animals or fishes in this time of modernization. While the population of the world keeps on increasing, farmland and other necessity of life is becoming increasingly scarce. We can't stop people from mining our mountains and keep away from modern amenities but now it is time for education sector to take extra responsibilities to educate every mind on such important issues.

According to the international bird survey report, white-bellied heron is one of the fifty rarest bird species in the world. Today, there are about sixty herons in the world of which thirty of them have homed in Bhutan. For a small landlocked country, the presence of this bird is a trademark, a brand to say that Bhutan has rich forest coverage and good policy in place to protect its survival and habitats for all times to come. When the world outside is busy experimenting and experiencing on to a chain-revolution and Hi-tech technology era, I remained simply woven over the feathers of this little bird.  

Should we want our next generation to uphold on such values to mine everything for human goods? We don't want our young people to say – what is and how white-bellied heron looks like in reality, or is it possible to manufacture in factories for daily syllabus to learn by our Youth in schools?   

Photo courtesy: Mr. Yeshey Dorji, a pair of White-bellied heron in their nest,
a home-sweet-home. 
What all our common people have to understand about the bird conservation and preservation of habitat is everyone's responsibility. The concern agencies scaling some good initiatives forward through various awareness program is to benefit the live of bird species, because the future of this bird species is very uncertain. Let's not demand for the iron lance from the government to protect bird backyard. Simply creating awareness and protecting its natural habitats is enough to fight against its extinction. We don't want any people involving in its trade deal to China, Tibet or anywhere in the world like 'Cats eye' trade. This bird neither wear costly linen nor does it have any such expensive values to benefit your lungs and kidney but the bird population is getting lesser by each year, indicating its extinction. 

I am not a lone mighty warrior responsible to prove next White-bellied Heron generation like to be Dinasorous period. 

Who am I?



Tashi Jamtsho - a little boy who loved the game of hide and seek.