#Climate Convergence and People’s Climate March 2015

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PCM 2015 in Kathmandu, Photo: Kabita Gautam

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. Continue reading

#UNFCCC Simulation on COP19, Warsaw in Kathmandu

BYND2015 Nepal Hub hosted the first ever COPinMyCity event in Asia entitled as COPinMyCity: Warsaw in Kathmandu on 16 November 2013. Facilitated by Ms. Kabita Gautam, Founder of BYND2015 Nepal Hub, the overall program was coordinated in three steps in Nepal.

  • Before COP19 → An online campaign entitled Climate Relay was organized during which  the main priority for UNFCCC Climate Negotiations on youth perspectives were generated. The objective of this event was to make some noise and mobilize citizens and young people in the cities during the COP for everyone to know what’s going on in the negotiation processes.
  • During COP19 → A Simulation on UNFCCC COP19 was organized on 16 November 2013 with the support from Himalayan Institude of Science and Technology (HIST) and Mocrosoft Innovation Center Nepal (MICN) in order to reach as many people as possible and to ensure that everyone understands what is at stake as simulation games are one of the best tools to make people understand climate negotiations and climate issues. During the event, the role play was done by the participants representing one country from each of the parties: Annex I, Annex II and Non-Annex I. There were separate youth group whose voice were also included in the negotiation process. Some of the youth also acted as the president and secretary of COP as well as president of Nepal. The simulation was followed by a group discussion and World Cafe on different issues of Climate Change.
  • After COP19 → A Debriefing was done after complition of all the major events during which all the outcomes were compiled from Climate Relay, Simulation and World Cafe. The Debriefing came out with some important feedback on COPinMyCity project which was shared and discussed with COPinMyCity team.

OUTCOME: COPinMyCity: Warsaw in Kathmandu finally came up with a declaration, Youth Call for Climate Action.

Similarly, many other events were organized by youth from global level under the guidance of CliMates, the main host of the project COPinMyCity.

COPinMyCity: Warsaw in Kathmandu

COP in MyCity is a youth-led project which ambitions to bridge the gap between climate negotiations (a.k.a. COPs) and the mainstream public, foster education and action about climate change locally and create an international community of youth climate leaders committed to the success of COP21 (2015). As COP19 will happen in Warsaw, Poland, in November this year, all COP in MyCity initiatives for 2013 are called Warsaw in MyCity. The project will be repeated next years for COP20 and COP21.

BYND2015 Nepal Hub will host the first ever COPinMyCity event in Asia entitled as COPinMyCity: Warsaw in Kathmandu. The overall program will be based on three steps, to be implemented in Kathmandu:

  • Before COP19 → We will be organizing a Flash Mob for Mobilization: Let’s make some noise! We need to mobilize citizens and young people in our cities during the COP for everyone to know what’s going on in the negotiation processes.
  • During COP19 → We will be organizing Simulation for Education and Awareness-raising: in order to reach as many people as possible, we need to ensure that everyone understands what is at stake as simulation games are one of the best tools to make people understand climate negotiations and climate issues.
  • After COP19 → Debriefing: This time is devoted to discussion within our team and within the COP in MyCity community. We will share the results of our simulations and get all our positions discussed. This is also the time where we will each discuss about what we can do at our city’s level to fight against climate

Our goals:

  • Bring the expertise about climate change to young people and citizens, raise awareness about the COP and act locally by gathering climate actors in our cities.
  • Influence the climate negotiations by building a common vision using the tool of simulation games.

The final objective?

COP21, which will take place in Paris in 2015. This is the deadline countries have set for themselves to come to a global agreement on cutting their carbon emissions, for the first time in the history of climate negotiations. We must act for COP21 to succeed and provide humanity with a strong legal framework to avoid catastrophic climate change.