In 2013, this partnership became a reality. 27 young Australians trekked to Mt Everest base camp to take action on climate change. Together they raised over $106,000 for AYCC and HCI and witnessed firsthand the devastating effect climate change is having on Nepal.
“The Himalayas are extraordinary. They are so imposing; they look invincible. But the environment we saw is not invincible. The conditions there are incredibly fragile and battling on the front line of climate change.” Max Smith, Climb-it for Climate 2013.
“Every day our guide would point out the ever-changing landscape due to climate change, including tracks that were no longer accessible because of flooding and landslides.” – Millie, Climb-it for Climate 2013
The funds raised on the Climb-it for Climate 2013 were instrumental in allowing HCI to expand their Hamri Bahini Green Angels project—which our 2013 team worked on while in Nepal. The project is a social enterprise that gives Nepalese women the skills needed to sustain a green business. Women are taught how to make and distribute cloth and paper shopping bags to help eliminate the use of plastic bags—a big contributor to Nepal’s current litter crisis.