Air South Asia, in collaboration with Clean up Nepal, conducted short interviews with various stakeholders in Kathmandu, Nepal to gain an understanding of people’s perceptions about air pollution in the Valley.
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Week 1: In conversation with a pharmacist from the Kathmandu Valley
Bhishnu Prasad is a pharmacist and has lived in Kathmandu for the past for 12 years. In this video, he talks about the deteriorating air quality in the valley and provides anecdotal evidence for the increasing health impacts of air pollution.
Week 2: In conversation with a taxi driver in Kathmandu
Dill Bahadur Budathoki has been a taxi driver for three decades, and has lived in the Kathmandu valley during the time. In this video, he talks about his health issues including coughing, shortness of breath and irritations in the eye, and how air pollution and dust are contributing to deterioration his health. He believes that the government is responsible for mitigating air pollution and laments about problems of poor road conditions.
WEEK 3: IN CONVERSATION WITH open knowledge nepal
What is the status of open data in Nepal, and what are some of the challenges? In this video, Sagar Ghimire and Shubham Ghimire from Open Knowledge Nepal talk about ongoing efforts related to open data in Nepal and share their thoughts on the role open data can play in the fight against air pollution.
Week 4: In conversation with a civil advocate
Mahatma Parajuli is a civil advocate from Clean Up Bauddha who are focusing on open burning in his community through proactive actions, awareness programs, and collaboration with waste management groups. He talks about what actions can be taken to improve air quality and the important role of the local government.
Week 5: In conversation with young researchers
Arti Shrestha, Utsav Shree Rajbhandari and Priya Shrestha are young researchers working on the topic of air pollution in Nepal. In this video, they talk about their views on the deteriorating air quality in the Kathmandu Valley and its implication for health.