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Mountain Floods inside Bella

Posted by NYCA Blogger on December 14, 2009


By Abhisekh Shrestha

Unheard voice from the mountains was heard loud in the every corner of the Bella center. Youth from the Himalayas, Andes, Alps and from African mountain states gathered and had an action to prioritize the mountain issue in the climate change negotiation.

To show the climate change impacts youth formed a human pyramid in the shape of a mountain initially which covered in blue and white fabric (to show the snow) and a timeline from 1950 – 2050, the white fabric got smaller and smaller to represent the melting snow.

Additional to dramatic glacier melt in the heated Bella Center there was a loud buzz of mountain chant which was rhymed to save the mountains which are the life line of the billions of the people. It was great to see youths in Bluish t-shirt, on the back which  mountain was screaming and asking to save the people and keeping the hope that mountains issue will be heard in the negotiation.

At the end of the day youth from south Asia challenged Honorable Jai Ram Ramesh (Minister of Environment, Government of India) over his statement “there is no conclusive scientific evidence to link global warming and Himalayan glaciers and neither to link the black carbon in the atmosphere with the glaciers” during his press meet and gifted him a well framed letter of concerned over his statement.

Youth from the South Asian Region asked him to take the moral leadership and take deep emissions immediately.

Youth from the mountain country have felt the urgent need of mountain issue to be prioritized on the negotiation and asking for the issue to be raised and climate justice to the vulnerable mountain communities.

It would be great to see the government of mountainous small country taking the lead and forming a alliance of small country mountain states and make the voice heard in the negotiation

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