Do you want to lead the Zero Waste movement in your region of the Himalayas?

Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) is looking for enthusiastic, passionate and committed peer educators from the 12 Himalayan mountain states of India who could be change agents to lead the zero waste movement in their respective areas.

Two online training programmes are also planned under this project involving 3-5 peer educators from each state. The peer educators are expected to have basic skills in information technology and good communication skills.


The peer educators will be assigned tasks that will enhance their understanding on zero waste and larger policy issues over 6 – 8 online meet ups. Hands on tasks will enable them to jump start the principles in their own lives so that they can lead by example.

Interested young and dedicated people can apply or reach out in case of any query by sending an email to  

What will you learn?

The broad sessions that will be covered are given below. 

Week 0: Preliminary activities

Discussions with State Chapters, sharing of objectives and plans, identification of Peer Educators, registration, reaching out to the Peer Educators and assigning tasks for future classes.

Week 1: Introduction to Zero Waste Principles

Activity – Screening of “Story of Stuff” Peer educators will be asked to view the film online. This will be followed by a virtual Panel discussion & Q and A on the film 

Activity What’s in your bin? Participants shall keep track of their individual waste trail. Keeping a daily note of items that they are trashing.

Virtual discussion on Waste Footprint and its impacts on well being and tips for reducing individual waste will be undertaken. 

Discussion on plastics/ single use plastics.

Suggested viewings and reading:
Week 2: Understanding policies and gaps

Activity – Map your waste trail. Where does waste go from your dustbin? A visit to the landfill (optional) or gathering information how waste travels. Prior to the session Peer Educators shall identify the issues and challenges of waste management in their local areas. 

Session –  Waste Policies and challenges of implementation.

Guest SBM representative for interactive session on the policies.

Suggested viewings and reading:

Activity – Waste audit – Brand audit. Participants shall collect waste from around the household / neighbourhood and they shall be taken through a quick exercise of waste and brand audits. 

Session –  Who is responsible for plastic pollution?  The concept of Extended Producer Responsibility.

Further work – What are the local byelaws existing in their areas with regard to waste?

Week 3: Building blocks of zero waste

Activity – Who are the main actors? Stakeholder mapping for waste. 

Session – Zero waste framework ; Zero waste – a healthy solution.

Decentralised actions and key indicative solutions.

Stories of change from the mountains.

Activity–  Understanding local policies and bylaws. Collecting and compiling information on waste in the state.

Suggested reading: 

Week 4: Communicating for Change

Activity – Make posts on Zero Waste on social media page.

Session – Occupying social media spaces ; Expanding the circle of influence ; Using campaigns as an awareness tool. 

Activity – Design a campaign around zero waste.

For more: Additional Reading Materials


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