BYND2015 Nepal Hub in collaboration with Car Free Cities, Debate Yatra, Digo Bikas Institute (DBI), Himalayan Climate Inititiave (HCI), Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA), Jiwanta Nepal, We Inspire Nepal (WIN), Youth Alliance for Environment (YAE) and YUWA organized two days Nepal Climate Convergence from 18-19 November 2015. During the convergence, around 55 young leaders came together from 20 districts of Nepal and participated actively in the two days capacity building sessions. The sessions were focused on:
- Knowledge sharing on climate science, impacts of climate change in Nepal, international and national climate change discourse, plans and policies
- Capacity Building through media outreach, digital storytelling, reporting cases of climate change impacts and skills to carry activism at local level.
- Leadership and Campaigning
- Documentary show: “Economic of Happiness” by Local Futures
Led by 10 emerging youth organizations the convergence aimed to ensure active youth engagement at local level addressing the climate issues and drawing attention at national and global level for immediate climate actions.
In 2014, the People’s Climate March (PCM) set a remarkable history with mobilization of approximately 400,000 participants worldwide on September. It was the largest march ever, advocating on climate change and calling out for global actions in response to the UN Climate Summit which was held on 23 September 2014 in New York. People’s Climate Mobilsation team in Nepal was able to mobilized 1000 young people as a part of Global PCM.
The convergence was also a pre-mobilization for People’s Climate March 2015 which was organized on 28 November 2015 in 7 districts of Nepal, showing the solidarity and following up to the UNFCCC COP21 that was held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.
COP21 was another historic event that adapted a new universal agreement on climate (after the Kyoto Protocol in 1998) with the aim to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change; to increase the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production; and making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
Rubi Paudel, Kathmandu: Nepal climate convergence is a motivation for the youths. The two days program was really fruitful. The forum is a network which makes coordination among the climate leaders all over the country. It’s a youth climate mobilization program. It has brought awareness on climate justice which is our present demand and its essence in least developed countries. The practical part of the training and the ground action was more interesting in addition to the theories of climate science. It has built up confidence and leadership. I am grateful to the organizers for making me a part of this grand event. I want to thank them for this golden opportunity. People’s Climate March is my first experience. It’s really enthusiastic. This event raised the voice of youth leaders for climate justice. It has created such a spirit that “Let’s do something from our local level and show the world that we are not staying quite against the climate terrorism. We deserve climate justice”.
Deepak Ghimire, Nawalparasi: With the end of the convergence, I came up with much understanding of climate change issues, negotiation process and climate campaigning. The convergence provided the opportunity to meet with pioneers of climate change issues in Nepal who have been following COP since many years. But, the only expectation that could not be met by the event is about knowing the government’s preparation for the COP21, which I hope will be met soon. The convergence was not just about the presentations. We enjoyed watching some of the interesting movies and videos with strong messages for promoting local market and economics rather than globalization. We had several discussions about the campaigning and building leadership. We played several group games to help build a good communication and understanding within a network. The convergence was the best platform to understand the climate change issues and ongoing activities in the global scenario, build a strong network among the climate leaders from the different regions of the country and prepare for ground actions before COP21.
People’s Climate March, 28 November 2015: https://youtu.be/bXGr49QYOWk
People’s Climate March, 20 September 2015: https://youtu.be/KWl3rDNz1OY