Pashmina activist shares his experience with students

SRINAGAR: Babar Afzal, a Valley youth who left a Silicon Valley career to highlight complex issues concerning the pashmina eco-system, was invited by Woodstock School, Mussoorie, to bring awareness about pashmina among international students.

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Srinagar, November 16

Babar Afzal, a Valley youth who left a Silicon Valley career to highlight complex issues concerning the pashmina eco-system, was invited by Woodstock School, Mussoorie, to bring awareness about pashmina among international students.

He was invited as a special guest to interact with the students of Woodstock School, the oldest boarding school of Asia known for alumni, such as TED founder Chris Anderson, Tom Alter and James Taylor.

“Babar held engaging sessions with the international groups of students and shared his inspirational work, life and journey of understanding the authentic pashmina eco-system of India and its linkages with art, culture, heritage, ecology, economy, environment and tourism,” a statement said. “He also presented his book ‘6 Times Thinner, the call of Pashmina’ to headmaster Dr Jonathan Long and other faculty members who showed keen interest in the ‘Pashmina Goat Project’ and the opportunities for students to intern with him in various fields of research,” it added.

According to the statement, Babar’s work includes highlighting complex issues concerning the pashmina eco-system, including climate change leading to the displacement of nomadic and weaver communities, preserving pashmina goats, healthcare and education in the community. — TNS

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