Looking Back NYCA 2009, what I feel
Posted by Amita on January 7, 2010
Great planning and preparation was made for the Water Week. An organizing committe of different organizations and groups were made and NYCA was an active part of the organizing committee. Sushila and Dipesh did really hard to represent the best in this. This time also we collected the messages on Water and published in the The Himalayan Times, as used to do in the the Global day of Action ( climate message for that)
“Nepalese Youth for Climate Action in Coordination with Headlines” was the cover page of the magazine published on the occasion of Earth Day. Late late hour work and pretty much challenges managing the articles and interviews and distributing the magazine, Anil would have known the best. The product we got was really worthy and we tried to outreach it as far as we could. Few friens carried to their trip, few to their home local organizations and through the network in our touch . The whole issue for the Climate Change,
Then came the very much anticipated time Sep. Our participants came on 2nd of Sep and few on the 3rd morning. It was a good time with good people in c very green place and a great networking. The four day Summit was just flew in a short time.
Actually that week when we were busy in SAYSoCC, there were other big conferences going on. Our NYCA team did a performance.
Performance in a Conference?? might sound weird, but it was great…and indeed very well received. Actually it was our team who sang the environmental song with the message in the traditional attire and way. And what was great was, the very own Sarangi was tuned for the song.
It all went well.
Then was the time to gear up for the COP preparation and the other activities-
November and December were like very high time for NYCA. We did lots of activities under the banner of our campaign ” STOP Melting Life, Save the Himalayas”
The campaign was launched in the Basantapur launching a Mountain Community Model there in a Press Conference.
We did the school activities and the Regional Workshop in Easter and Central Development Region. We accomplished that along with the Letter to Global Community Competition. For the COP preparation we did a Pre- COP Consultation.
Oh we also had the Climate Advocacy training, starting at the same day of the Launching of the campaign. The training was full of skillful knowledge including leadership, Public Speaking, Making news and articles, Blogging and what more. I hope most of the trainees have utilized the best of that training.
This was the time, a team left for the Everest Basecamp for the Basecamp to Copenhagen campaign. It was tough you know, Everest basecamp and the tickets and lodges for Nepali, was a kind of difficulty. For the route management also, we tried to consult with as many people who knew exactly about there. In the course, we talked with Dawa Steven Sherpa, Ms. Ang Dawa Sherpa and other mates. Finally, the team sent the message from there that they had had the meeting at the Basecamp. Oh my god, it was such a happy moment. All of us back here little worried, regarding the health implications they can face. But amazing, they all didn’t have anything. May be their courage and the passion to spread the climate change awareness and messages in the schools and community provided the strength. And Ya, they did a signature campaign there, in the Banner written with “STOP Melting Life, SAVE the Himalayas”
The Basecamp team successfully did the task and came back to Kathmandu.
And, the Youth cabinet meeting was held in Basantapur Dabali, remarking as the Basantapur Basecamp Meeting on the first week of December. They simulated as the Ministers and other officials and negotiated trying in getting to the conclusion.
Dec, 2 the NYCA team left for the COP. The activities in the International Mountain Day ( 11 Dec) and the Global Day of Action ( Dec12) went parallely here in Nepal and the Copenhagen.
We attended the Conference of Youths (COY), did a Press Conference inside Bella Centre for the Mountain Action. On the Mountain Action, we along with Indian Youth Climate Network and other youth networks across South Asia and many more from other region actively participated in the Action. We sang the mOuntain Chant, get the Mountain Pledges signed. Same day, we also Marched past along the streets of Copenhagen in the freezing cold chanting “save save save, save Himalaya save” It seemed as if the Bella Center and the streets were full of Mountain voices.
There was a Press Conference organized by the Indian Govt., though only Indian Press were allowed, we made there as the Environment Minitser Mr. Jairam Ramesh was speaking there. Because we wanted to show our concern and hand the letter over his statement that ” There is no conclusive scientific evidence between Global warming and the Glaciers Retreat’. and we did that on the behalf of South Asian Youths. It was Alina who gifted the letter to Mr. Ramesh. And that was not the end, we showed him how much important is that for us, and tried to throw voices like “No more dirty politics and “There is evidence.
Als0, we got to witness the HUGE rally , in the Global Day of Action and participate in that. It was crazy, the action and act of people conveying the message to the leaders. Full of colors, enthusiasm and youth activism, amazing!!
Oh , I want add here an important point, Manjeet Dhakal was in the Government delegation. Yes, he was. And it was great for us as youth, to have him in the delegation.
Simultaneously, there was a Climate Concert back at home in Basantapur. The whole atmosphere was beautiful,and people at their feet. The messages flown in between the performance really conveyed the messages that we wanted to give.
I am getting very concise towards the end part, thought it might take longer time ti go through. : ))
Anyways, we can always talk and share about this if you want ( in detail), Yup
Ohh how come I forget the Guys Trek to Tilicho?? O that was very informative, they gathered a lot of information and the whole adventure.