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Community is the source of our change: Habit to movement

by Tsengelmaa Nyamdorj | 11-09-2019 03:45 recommendations 0 recommendations

As a first time ambassador, I thought it might be a great time to expose and present the atrocious state of unregulated, underfunded waste management in Mongolia, especially Ulaanbaatar. Capital city Ulaanbaatar’s only 2% of waste gets first-hand sorting and goes through recycling which leaves a total of 1500 ton wastes indisposed. Moreover, City Waste Maintenance Organization collects 71.4% of the total wastes in Mongolia which leaves 303.3 tons of trash unregulated. (http://development.ub.gov.mn/uploads/Xog-xayagdal.pdf). A common predicament among many developing countries that threatens the future generation


If you think that portion of unregulated waste gets recycled or reused by households and businesses, that is sadly mistaken. Most of the uncollected trash remains intact in ger streets: a low-class residential of Ulaanbaatar. Ultimately, the situation escalates into bigger problems like water, soil, and air pollution. This leaves vulnerable part of the community to deal with it. Though the situation is getting better as the government is introducing more apt policies, the problem at hand is not getting solved.


Because of these problems and recent apparent challenges of natural disasters, many youths are seeking to decrease waste production, increase recycling and adapt to methods of reuse. However, due to lack of knowledge in eco-life among the general public, generation of people is struggling to lead a green life.


However, many individuals, ranging from 14 to 30 years old, are joining pro-green groups on Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr at an accelerating rate.

I believe this is one of the prime examples of how passion and hard work of the youth can change the current predicament. While politicians are struggling to come into an agreement, the general public is already inspiring, helping and reminding each other to have an Eco-friendly life.  'Let's decrease our waste'-- a Facebook environmentalist group-- consists of approximately 18.2k members and is continually increasing. This group is one of the many in this country and the world. But impacts that each of them are having is remarkable. They are a beacon of our change and that is why I want to introduce you guys to this local community with big impact. Change takes courage and the best source of courage can be found in a neat, supportive community. The same active communities of charged youths are the string of our hope.


P.S Passages below are the translated version of pictures beside it. The pictures are taken from ‘Let’s decrease our waste’ group. Examples of how they are helping and incentivizing each other to be pro-green.


P.S.S Next time, I will present you how these youths are leading a movement of their own.


 
Taken from Facebook group 'Let's decrease our waste' Taken from Facebook group 'Let's decrease our waste' Taken from Facebook group 'Let's decrease our waste'

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7 Comments

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa!
    I'm surprised by the huge tons of trashes left unregulated.
    Unregulated waste certainly is a serious threat to the city since it can lead to many other environment problems such as air and water pollution.
    However, it's a good news that people in variety of age group are getting aware of seriousness of the problem.
    Hopefully the situation in Ulaanbaatar will get better as time goes.
    Thank you for the great report about the issue!
    Posted 17-09-2019 23:04

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hello Tisengelmaa,
    this is your mentor Lisa:)


    SNS is definitely a great way to create a network and communicate with people who share the same values for our environment and climate.
    Thanks for sharing some great screenshots of those groups.
    It's really nice to hear that the youths are joining together for a common goal:)
    And I really look forward to your next article!
    I would love to know how the youths are acting to change this world.

    Good going :)


    Your Lisa

    Posted 13-09-2019 12:49

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello Tisengelmaa,
    I hope you are fine.
    Welcome you as an ambassador.

    There are problems everywhere, it feels good to know on how the people are making efforts to solve it. Great!
    Thank you so much for this report.

    Green cheers

    Yours
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 13-09-2019 12:48

Tsengelmaa Nyamdorj

  • Tsengelmaa Nyamdorj says :
    Thank you for the feedback, @Meena Pandey.
    I appreciate you honest opinion and made few changes regarding my wordings and context. I will make sure to take a time to proofread for the next time. Please continue to keep up with all of my reports in the future.
    Once again, thank you.
    From, Tseegi


    Posted 12-09-2019 20:52

Israel Adeoye

  • Israel Adeoye says :
    Hi Tisengelmaa,

    It is very disturbing to know the wide gap between the total waste collected and the towal waste recycled in Mongolia. Definitely, the rest will be dumbed on the street.

    However, it is good to learn that youth are really positively reacting to this and the politicians are potentially ready to solve this problems.

    Thanks for your report. Hope to read more from you
    Posted 12-09-2019 19:57

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    I dont comprehend it lucidly,would you feel yours pleasure to make it understandable?
    Posted 12-09-2019 03:06

ALOK DHAKAL

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Waiting for your next report!
    Warm regards,
    Alok Dhakal
    Posted 12-09-2019 00:35

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