Climate Change is a global concern among today’s generation with its increasing extremities and unpredictable consequences. Countries like Nepal who are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change impact are facing several threats on livelihood and economy. Empowering and educating youths make them aware on its consequences towards resilience future with adequate knowledge on adaptation and mitigation to the climate change impacts was deemed necessary. In this regard, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) together with Clean Energy Nepal (CEN) organized two days Regional Conference on Climate Change. The main objective of the conference was to engage and empower youths and built strong networks to act against climate change. The conference was jointly supported by Southern Voices on Adaptation (SVA), Tulsipur Sub-Metropolitan City and Nepal Public Awakening Forum, Rukum from 16th to 17th January, 2018 in Tulsipur, Dang.
Around 60 youths from Mid-western region benefited from the conference. Mr. Ghanashyam Pandey, Mayor of Tulsipur Sub-metropolitan City, said that we have to change our behavioral practice first to reduce the effect of climate change.“Cycling, using electric vehicles and walking for shorter distances could be the best ways to minimize the air pollution and traffic as well”, he added.
Mrs. Maya Acharya, Deputy Mayor of Tulsipur Sub-metropolitan City shared her delight to be a part of the conference and requested youths to act responsibly to march towards the “Clean Tulsipur Green Tulsipur” initiated by the sub-metropolitan. ”Every sector needs to progress equally for a better future and for this youth can to play key role”, she stressed.
Mr. Jhakendra Kharel, Information Officer at the sub-metropolitan discussed about the dynamism of youth and their roles to combat climate change. “Inspiration, aspiration, perspiration, celebration and satisfaction are the key factors for any work to be completed successfully”, he said while motivating the youths.
Mr. Shree Man Neupane, Executive Director of Human Welfare and Environment Center (HWEPC) was among the speakers had presented ideas on Climate Change Adaptation from the local perspective..
Mr. Rajan Thapa and Mr. Damodar Dhital from CEN facilitated the conference. Mr. Thapa presented about the basic skills and ingredients required for designing and developing an effective campaign. Facilitating the group work, he guided several campaigns with constructive feedbacks and means for successfully implementing the campaign. Besides, he also briefly outlined the concepts of Climate Change Policy, National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA), Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) while discussing about initiatives from the government in response to climate change impacts. Mr. Dhital during the technical session presented on “Understanding the Basics of Climate Change Science”. He discussed about the climate change science, its causes and effects and some of the responses to climate change. He further facilitated the group work on Campaign Designing.