Climate Change is one of the burning global agenda in the modern day world. The scientific community of the world unanimously has come to the consensus that climate change is a reality and is directly attributed to anthropogenic activity. Though the effect of climate change is not limited to any political or geographical boundary, the cause of climate change however is linked with the emissions of greenhouse gasses in the name of economic development.
In order to address climate change, global leaders were gathered in Paris for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) in 30th November, 2015 to 11th December, 2015 with a comprehensive document. The representatives from Government of Nepal, various NGOs and civil society took part in that conference to put forward various national issues regarding climate change.
To show the government of the various nations that the general people are keeping a vigilant eye on them, People’s Climate March was being organized in various parts of the world as well as in Nepal on 28th November, 2015 and same was being organized at Rupandehi district also. In tandem to global march, youths of Nepal too organized People’s Climate March – Nepal with the core theme of Climate Justice. In order to familiarize youths of Nepal with Climate Justice, the working group of People’s Climate Mobilization Team requested all the people to support and join the campaign to get participated in Global March.
After attending the 2 days ( November 18 –November 19, 2015) program “ Nepal Climate Convergence’’ at Sap Falcha Thapathali, Kathmandu organized by Digo Bikas Institute in association with NYCA , we got chance to be acquainted with the International climate policies , climate justice n climate campaigns in context to Nepal. We prepared ground action for our representative area and we were back to our place.
We 9 students studying at IAAS, Paklihawa, Rupandehi organized 3 different events : Aastha Subedi and Bishnu Gautam as coordinators to pressurize the global leaders for climate justice. Firstly we organized an ‘Art-Workshop’ on 26th Nov, 2015 for school and Bachelor level having theme as :
- Climate Change
- Carbon emission reduction
- Climate justice
- Global Warming
Students from 10 schools and from IAAS, paklihawa Campus were participated and winners were also rewarded. Secondly we organized ‘Movie- Screening’ on 27th Nov 2015 , in IAAS, paklihawa Campus. We had shown ‘Climate Disruption’ and ‘Economics of happiness’ and we were able to gather almost 100 students in that event. We were able to provide some information regarding negotiations among different countries on climate change, how localization and globalization affect on climate change and living standard of people.
And lastly we organised ‘Peoples Climate March- Rupandehi’ in November 28, 2015 from Traffic Chowk to Chauraha Chowk in Butwal from 12 noon to 2 pm. We made march with different slogons like ‘पग्लदो पर्बत भविष्यको संकट’ , ‘अहिले नगरे कहिले???’ ‘ Save Earth’ ‘Go-Green’. In that march we were expecting many people to raise their voice for climate justice , unfortunately because of their busyness in their colorful life we were unable to gather as much as we expect. But we successfully ended up our event with the involvement of people and their voices.
This was our little effort towards our earth and we just hope this effort could bring a big change.