Even as Nepal emerged from unprecedented wildfires that had worsened air quality, Kathmandu-based western ambassadors took to social media on World Earth Day on 22 April with messages urging lifestyle changes to reduce the impact of the climate emergency.
Australian Ambassador Felicity Volk was on Twitter to showcase photographs of the greenery of the embassy compound, and introduced the head gardener Ratna who took care of the greenery, and also thanked her predecessors for their commitment to conservation.
‘Earth Day is not just about one day, it’s about taking action and making commitments over the long term to restore our Earth,’ Volk wrote on her Twitter account. She also drew attention to the embassy’s environment-friendly features, including solar-heated water, colour-coded waste segregation, and efforts to revive community ponds to enhance ground water recharge.
Volk was responding to an earlier ‘Earth Day Challenge’ by the UK Ambassador Nicola Pollitt, who has been a vocal proponent of climate action also because Glasgow is hosting the COP26 Climate Summit in November.