On the occasion of 18th SAARC Summit that is going to be held at Kathmandu on 26th to 27th November 2014, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action in support of Clean Energy Nepal and OXFAM successfully organized a campaign “18th SAARC Summit: Youth Demand Action” at Kathmandu on 18th of November 2014. The program with flash mob, street drama and candlelight at Basantapur Durbar Square demanding that the 18th SAARC Summit to be held in Kathmandu next week revisit past decisions of SAARC on climate change, food security and disaster issues and ensure their effective implementation. The program was successful with the participation of more than thousands of people at Basantapur, Kathmandu.
Bundle of declarations have been prepared at previous SAARC summits to fight with impacts of climate change, disaster and to ensure the food security, but proper implementation of commitment does not seem to be effective. By this campaign, we urged the SAARC leaders to revisit SAARC’s past decisions on Climate Change- SAARC Action Plan on Climate Change, Dhaka Declaration on Climate Change and Thimpu Statement on Climate Change, Disasters- Agreement on Rapid Response to Natural Disaster and Comprehensive Framework on Disaster Management and Food Scarcity- Agreement on Establishing the SAARC Food Bank and Agreement on Establishing the SAARC Seed Bank and take actions to implement these decisions to benefit the people living in the region.
The program began with flash mob conspiring 50 youths, which was followed by very informative drama and ended up with candle lighting. The drama was 25 min long and was centralized on displaying the problems faced by people of South Asian countries showing poverty, natural disaster & climate change. The climax of the drama showed happier South Asia after the implementation of all those declarations that the SAARC leaders have made. The drama resembles the nature of piling up of documents which are prepared to fight with the growing impacts of climate change and also show big gap to implement their commitments. The issues of ice melting of Nepal, impact on agriculture in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, flood in Bangladesh, sea level rise in Maldives, effect in wildlife of Sri Lanka and reduction of natural beauty of Bhutan was displayed at drama. The drama was completed by organizing youth SAARC Summit by actors showing that South Asian leaders are becoming more concerned on these issues and come up on the common floor on 18th SAARC Summit to fight with the impact of climate change.
At the end of Drama, Candle lighting ceremony was done which was designed in the shape of SAARC map. The lightning program was done in the memory of the people of SAARC Countries who lost their life due to the impacts of climate change, disaster and food insecurity.
The drama was directed by Ram Babu Regmi from Mandapika Kala Samuha.
As a part of Green Discussion, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) organized a discussion program on “Climate Change and it’s impacts in South Asia” at CEN Meeting hall on 7th November 2014. Students from various colleges participated in the program.
The program was facilitated by Ms. Krity Shrestha, Research and Policy Officer, Clean Energy Nepal. The program was divided into two major parts as the presentation and discussion. In the first part, Ms Krity Shrestha gave her presentation on the ‘Climate Change and it’s impacts in South Asia” focusing on the impact of climate change in South Asian Countries. She also highlighted about the role of youths to cope with the impact of climate change in South Asia. She added that the South Asian Countries are the most vulnerable to climate change due to poverty and less capacity to adapt. She discussed that the major impacts of climate change in South Asia are GLOFs. Floods, Landslides, drought, scarcity of fresh water, reduction in the food production rise in the sea level, acidification of sea and land too.
She further talked that there were two ways to respond to climate change as mitigation and adaptation. Ms Krity then addressed the queries of the participants who asked her about the hud hud cyclone and causes of acid rain .
19th September 2014
Nepalese Youth For Climate Action (NYCA), together with 30 other youths and Civil Society Organizations submitted a letter to PM Sushil Koirala urging him to raise the voice of vulnerable communities in the Climate Summit 2014. PM Koirala is leading a delegation from Nepal and will be leaving for New York Today.
The climate summit called by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is set to be a historic event where the head of states and governments will make a political commitment at the highest level.
The Climate Summit will be held from 23rd September 2014 in New York, USA.
The letter has been attached herewith : Youth and Cso Letter to PM ahead of UN Climate summit
For many years, Kathmandu valley has faced high number of immigrants from rural areas. As per the latest census carried out in 2011, Kathmandu valley was home to 2.5 million people and Kathmandu district is the most rapidly growing district in the country. Over one million people live in Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) while the rest reside in the 4 other municipalities and some VDCs. Uncontrolled and rapid urbanization of the valley has resulted in an increase in environmental problems, ground water scarcity, waste and water management problem as well as rapid decrease in agriculture land. Loss of these farming areas that traditionally provided Kathmandu City with rice, grains, poultry and dairy products has made it more vulnerable to disruptions in the food supply. The city now has to depend either on the produce from rural areas or import from India and China. The only major access road to Kathmandu is sometimes blocked due to landslides resulting in the fluctuation of vegetable prices. At the same time it is highly likely that the changing climate will increase the frequency of natural disasters. Protection and preservation of the remaining peri urban and rural agriculture land is deemed necessary if Kathmandu wants to reduce reliance of food. In addition, using built-up spaces specifically roof tops to grow food in the city areas, could provide a viable alternative to supplement the supply of vegetables. Continue reading
We hundred representatives from five development regions of Nepal assembled at Kathmandu to participate in National Youth conference on Climate Change Parallel with CBA8, from 27 -29 April 2014. Children and young people are concerned with the increasing threat posed by rising global carbon emissions and the changing climate. Many are already experiencing the impacts of the changing global environment in their communities. Not only do young people have a right and a need to tackle climate change, they also have much to contribute. As they live and play in their communities they often gain unique insights into the local environment, its strengths, weaknesses, and the ways in which it is changing. This is more so with the youth which represent the present and future of the country. Youth have both special concerns & responsibilities in relation to the environment and will have to live longer with the consequences of current environmental decisions than will their elder. So, the children and youth engagement is prior need for us. Continue reading
We are very glad to inform you that you have been selected as participant for our National Youth Conference on Climate Change which is going to be held on 27th -29th April,2014 .We do expect your active participation there .
Furthermore, we would like to get confirmation of your presence and participation in the conference within 20th April (Sunday).If not we will be compelled to give priority to other applicants .If you are not able to conform us about your participation through mail then please contact Mr. Lalmani Wagle(9841851824) or Miss Nameeta Nepal (9849929640). We will be forwarding the information tool kit soon after your confirmation.
Wish you all the very best for the preparation and looking forward to see you on the conference.
List of selected participants
NYCA have organized three national youth climate summit in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and regional youth summits in all major regional cities focusing on awaring and empowering diverse youth and youth groups. Same as NYCA have successfully organized 1st South Asian youth summit on climate change in 2009 in Nepal. These national youth summits were instrumental in bringing Nepalese youths together to discuss on climate change and sustainable development issues, sensitize them for climate action and collectively push local and central governments to mainstream climate change in development process and planning. Young people of Nepal have identified the emergent need of youth involvement in climate action. Youth have both special concerns & responsibilities in relation to the environment and will have to live longer with the consequences of current environmental decisions than will their elder. So, the children and youth engagement is prior need for us. This year Government of Nepal together with Clean Energy Nepal (CEN), Bangladesh Centre for Advance Studies (BCAS) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) organizing 8th Conference on Community- Based Adaptation to Climate Change.
The Community Based Adaptation (CBA) is an approach to adaptation to climate change, which are community-based and participatory, building on the priorities, knowledge, and capacities of local people. It provides information and concrete examples on potential impacts of climate change and mitigative measures which are location specific and community managed (Source: Community Action Global Impact). Continue reading
Valentine’s Day!! A day dedicated for love!!! A day dedicated for romance, confessions, proposals; a day dedicated to express one’s love to others! Need it be between two young hearts, love is universal; love is omnipresent between people of all age groups and also between people and earth!
So, join us in confessing our love for our Mother earth, join NYCA in an open love letter writing competition to our earth! Profess your love and win prizes a mountain Bike for your LOVE!!! Continue reading
Green discussion forum of Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) about “Corporate Social Responsibility and Environment” was done on 5th July, 2013, by Resource person- Mr. Mochan Bhattarai, from Socially Responsible Business Development Network (SRBDN). The entire program was divided into two sessions. The first one was the theoretical part, where the resource person explained on CSR, its significance and how it related with environment. During the program Mr. Bhattarai shared some example how the social responsibility has become a strategy of business and according to him “CSR is not intended for marketing or business it should be voluntarily and applied on win – win condition for both organization and stakeholder”. Further he highlighted that CSR is based on creative and interacting processes and it should be long term that goes irrespective of profit and put impacts on stakeholders. The second session was about discussion where participants were asked their queries to resource person. While answering those questions he gave some good example of 3P (Profit, Planet and People i.e. economics, environment and society) is necessary for sustainable development. Many organizations are contributing on environment sector.eg: Vodafone Qatar lunched biodegradable SIM card, Laxmi Bank’s one account: one tree scheme, etc. In this way, many National and Int’l organizations are working on environment and social sector as they use the resources of our planet; earth for gaining profit an is enough to remove the dilemma of participants . A total of 40 participants from ASCOL, KUSOM, Tri-Chandra, NYCA, Paschim Paaila and CEV made the program a success.
The program formally ended by handing over a token of love to the resource person and quick discussion on possible topics for next sessions.
With the aim of celebrating the World Environment Day 2013, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) is organizing a week long Environment Week. As a part of the week-long program, NYCA proudly presents “Think, Eat, save and BLOG” Competition. The main objective of this Blog Competition is to aware youths, environmental enthusiasts and the future generation on the UN Environment Day Theme, the importance of rational food habits: reducing food waste and loss across the food supply chain and to encourage the amateur bloggers of the nation.
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