Climate Change and Nepal: Youth in Climate Action
Posted by NYCA Blogger on October 24, 2009
Dipesh Chapagain blogging
With the objectives of updating Constitutional Assembly (CA) members on South Asian Youth Summit on Climate Change, its declaration and linking it to the new constitution, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA) in collaboration with Centre for Constitutional Dialogue (CCD) organized “Climate Change and Nepal: Youth in Action” an interaction program with CA Members on 23rd October, 09 at CCD, Baneshwor.
Total of 50 participants including 6 CA members representing the committee on fundamental rights and directive principles, committee on natural resources, economic power and allocation of revenue and committee on protection of the rights of minorities and marginalized community were participated in the interaction.
In the program, Ms. Sangita Bista made presentation on ‘Climate Change and South Asian Declaration’ and Mr. Rishikesh Ram Bhandary on ‘Climate Change politics, Nepal’s position and New Constitution’. Both of the presenters represent NYCA.
Mr. Deepak K.C from CCD appeals for the inclusion of suggestions submitted by the environmental issue suggestion task force in the constitution and also handover it to the CA members.
In his remarks, CA member Lokendra Bista blamed developed countries for the causes of climate change and he added that “there is injustice to us from the developed world”. Another CA member Hem Raj Bhandari inform that, rights of living in the clean and healthy environment is included as a fundamental rights and other climate change issues under the directive principles in the constitution draft. Aang Dawa Sherpa states that “I am witnessing the glacier retreat in Solukhumbu”. She also share that she is working with a special team of concern CA members.
Agreeing on the urgency of climate change, other CA members are also very positive for the action. They appreciate the youth movement and express their solidarity to it. The program was started at 2 PM and run for 3 hours. A short documentary “Impact of Climate Change in the Himalayas” was also screened in the program.
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