The Climate Champions
The British Council’s International Climate Champions program engages young people around the world as communicators who will help to influence and educate their peers and the general public on the urgency of climatechange.British Council’s International Climate Champions is a programme that works in sixty countries across the globe, with young people who are passionate and committed to action on climate change.
Saurav Dhakal - British Council International Climate Champion walking with Apa Sherpa (21 times Mt. Everest Summiter- World record holder) and Dawa Steven Sherpa (2 times Mt. Everest Summiter) on 1,700 KM and 120 days long Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) from 15th January to 13th May, 2012.
The historic trek began in Ghunsa, Taplejung in the Eastern Nepal and will end at Darchula in the Far-western Nepal. Samir Jung Thapa will serve as the official photographer of the journey.
In these 120 days Saurav Dhakal will interact with local communities, learn about local culture and conservation practices and develop them as Story. These stories will later come as "Story Cycle with pictures".
In Kathmandu Nepal, Tshering Sherpa, Kriti Shrestha, Niraj Tamrakar, Amita Thapa Magar and several other Climate Champions are supporting Saurav distantly. These network of International Climate Champions have been updating his journey, learning and stories around the champions’ network around the world. They have been organising skype conference calls with Saurav, and disseminating the updates of his trek to the wider International Community.
The overall engagement of British Council International Climate Champions is being meticulously coordinated by Abhishek Shrestha who is Climate Champion himself and Programme Officer at Himalayan Climate Initiative.