Deforestation, rapid urbanization, exploiting natural resources, deteriorating air quality are some the threats on environment Mongolia face these days. The citizen journalists of Nomad Green, the Rising Voices Grantee in Mongolia are writing about these issue raising concerns and providing suggestions to stop degradation of the environment.
There are 200 people cleaning Ulaanbaatar everyday but there are 2000 people throwing their rubbish in outside not even put in a trash can. [..] I am ashamed for throwing garbage. I am feeling ashamed from our country, our citizens and myself.
NBB university junior year student Mungunshagai N. informs that there are five kinds of endangered mammals in Mongolia – Gobi bear, wild camel, leopard wild sheep, Mongolian antelope and musk deer. They are threatened by the change in environment and poaching of the hunters and everybody has to try hard to save them. Budragchaa S. takes an interview of Mr. Erdenebayar, the manager of “Gobi Bear” NGO, who says:
There were over 30 Gobi bears in 1960-1970 and the number decreased to 25 during 1980-1990. Its number has been decreasing year by year. [..] only 12 number of the animal remains (now).
Mongoloo translated another interview with Mr. Batsaikhan, a zoologist. He says:
If Steppe wolf called as “Antelope’s white” become extinct, the natural system of recovering and treating itself would be collapsed.
Russian Language department freshman student Tuul D reminds that grass and plants are Mongolian steppe’s real wealth. But desertification is decreasing the grazing lands and the plants are dying. Another cause of degradation of grasslands and rivers are gold mining by amateur gold miners aka Ninjas. These people dig dirt, live as outlaws and seek gold from old/used mining fields.
Bathishig Sh. from “Siti Institute” University tells that Mongolia has 3811 lakes, 7000 springs, 3500 rivers, 187 glaciers and 139 underground water resources. The water on surface are being destroyed for some people's own benefit. Bathishig tells:
Even animal drinks water by not destroying or making dirty, so we have to consider it. Don’t we have consciousness differentiating us from animals?
Journalist Enkhjargal. Ch. draws attention to the growing air pollution in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. The government is taking steps to force use of less environmentally damaging fuel for heating, thus reducing 50% of the present pollution. However more awareness among population in this regards is required.
Pearly Jacob, a freelance journalist, narrates how Mongolia is facing the challenge of providing equal access for the disabled.
One of the most active citizens’ journalists of Nomad Green is Ms. Bor. She reports:
Approximately 10 Licenses to explore and operate radioactive mineral resources in all soums (districts) of Sukhbaatar except Munkhhaan and Tumentsogt soums were issued by Government of Mongolia. Exploring and operating operations will be run in 1 million hectare land or 12% of total area of Sukhbaatar province. It is a deliberate devastation.
Architecture freshman student Enkhbayar Erdene-ochir reminds:
If we continuously doing these damages to our nature, we will be getting closer and closer to the time when we regret for (absence of our) beautiful nature.