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Activities under taken by youths

My letter to Global leaders and Negotiators

Posted by NYCA Blogger on September 12, 2014

reganDear Global Leaders and negotiators,

You have been negotiating with my present and future from 1992. You may not be alive till 2050 but I, my family, my children and my colleagues will be. But, will the earth be same as it is today?  According to science, if the GHGs emission continues to increase at this rate we might touch temperature rise of 3 degree Celsius by 2050 and up to 6 degree Celsius by 2100.The raise of 3 degree is termed as catastrophe to the country like Nepal. So, you have no right to negotiate with my life. You can’t let anyone demolish carrying capacity of earth. This is as an assault to us, polluters are unceasingly polluting and we are being a scapegoat.We are facing the disaster because of other’s deeds. Where is Justice, where is equity? I can’t guzzle your negation anymore. What if, my Grandchild asks me, Grandpa, how do the mountains look like, how were the glaciers? What if, they ask me see to whale, tiger, red panda and all that. Do you have any answer? Have you any solution?

There have been ample negotiations with very few actions; I won’t let you negotiate anymore. I will Act for the Justice. I will knock you every now and then for the Action.As agreed in Durban Climate talk in 2011, major Climate agreement will come in Conference of parties (CoP)2015.So, before the CoP 21, 2015 more than 1500 cities from about 130 countries are marchingon their streets to pressurize and push the global leaders for bold climate action. Nepal is ranked 4th most vulnerable country due to impacts of Climate Change So, how can Nepalese oversight this platform to raise their voices.  We in solidarity with global campaigners are organizing climate march on 20th September in Nepal.At that very day, thousands of Nepali of different age group will march on the streets of Kathmandu demanding our Right, demanding our future. I with my team will hue and cry, “We Demand Action, Not Words”. We will clamor at you to consider; “Climate Justice Right Now”.

UN Secretary General has called more than 200 head of the state to join the Climate Summit on September 23 in UN Headquarter, New York. We, team of People’s Climate March- Kathmandu will grab this moment and take this as a scintillating opportunity to send our voices to Prime Minister himself. Declaration comprising our demands will be prepared and it will be presented to PM so as to urge him to address the voice of Nepalese Youth as well. We will pressurize our PM to raise our voice in UN Summit in New York. We will urge for Climate Justice.

We share only 0.027 % of global emission but we are ranked 4th in the vulnerable list of Climate Change impacts.Because of other’s deeds wehave been smashed by some kind of disaster every now and then. How on earth this can be considered justice!Flood, drought, landline, mass wasting is like our regular clients. Our mountains are melting; we are not getting rain in time hence very low agricultural productivity, bio-diversity status is declining at alarming. Life is becoming more miserable as the day pass by, and you are still negotiating with our lives. Climate change plays an influencing role in development of the country like Nepal. Acc. to World Bank (2011), agriculture contributes 38.14% of overall National GDP which is mammoth number. But, due to the impacts of Climate, we are not getting as much productivity from agricultural lands as it have to.  Moreover, ADB report says that Nepal may loss almost 10% of its GDP by 2100 due to Climate- driven events like melting glaciers.

Unless and until we March on the streets of the country, there has not been any movement which has been successful.To Change everything we need everyone. Mass mobilization is one of the best ways to shock the entire system into action. There have been anti-war marches, anti-nuclear marches, marches for civil rights, and more. Globally On September 20 and 21st we are marching for climate justice.So,thousands of people will March in Kathmandu on Sept 20 to urge for positive change.I am Marching with the world because I care for my future, will you March with us?

 Regan Sapkota

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COP 18 kicks off in Doha, Qatar

Posted by NYCA Blogger on November 27, 2012

Opening Ceremony at COP 18, Doha

By Dipesh Chapagain

COP18, Doha
With the slogan “7 billion, 1 challenge: Count me in”, the UN climate change conference (COP18/CMP8) began hear in Doha  from  26 November 2012. The opening ceremony was attended by the COP17/CMP7 president Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of South Africa, COP18/CMP8 president H.E. Abdullah  bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Ms. Christiana Figueres and representative of government of Qatar. H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Atttiyah, the newly elected COP president said that this is a historic conference of crucial importance … as it represents a turning point in climate negotiations”. A days earlier on a press briefing, Mr. Al-Attiyah also said that as a host country, Qatar is committed to building on the progress made at Durban and Cancun.

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Climate Action Series – What, Where & When?

Posted by NYCA Blogger on November 25, 2012

Calling for local action, raising awareness on climate change and pressurize global leaders for Fair, Ambitious and Binding deal who are attending COP18 in Doha, Qatar from 26 November to 7 December 2012, NYCA is organizing nationwide campaigns from Dadeldhura in Far West to Sankhuwasava in East. Please see and click the map below for more information. Please Join and Support the campaigns.

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YOUNGO- KP Stocktaking Intervention- COP 16

Posted by NYCA Blogger on December 8, 2010

Dear delegates,

After this first week of negotiations, we are glad to address this stock taking

session.In 2005, we started negotiating the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.Now, 2 years before the end of the 1st commitment period, this lack of progress in the negotiations on the next period is worrying.

It is worrying for several reasons:The Kyoto Protocol is the only international legal instrument that we have to preventthe disastrous effects of climate change, and consequently to reduce the emissions of the Annex I countries.

Even if the implementation of this agreement during its first commitment period was
not the success we were expecting, there is a big and important room for improvement and to ensure a live-able present and a safer future for the next generations. It seems that slowing down the process and waiting for the end of the 1st commitment period is the option that Japan, Canada and Russia want to develop in the negotiations.

This option is not acceptable. And we will never support an option so weak from such developed countries.On the other hand, we ask the EU, Norway and Australia and the other parties or groups to the Annex I to commit quickly and strongly to a new commitment period with targets in line with the latest science available.

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Missed the Post-COP workshop? Here’s what happened.

Posted by pokhrelalina on January 15, 2010

A peek into Alina’s Journal =D

Kailash Hall saw an overwhelming lot of young climate activists last Friday. With a lot of new faces this time, the curiosity and the level of participation were unmatched. After everybody had their cup of hot tea/coffee basking in the sun outside, all of the 100 or so participants patiently waited while the organizers fixed little technicalities. By now, I, for one, have accepted that where there’s a projector involved, some tech hiccups occur sometimes, and so it was no biggie for me, although I did hear a few sneers here and there. Really guys, GROW UP.

Amita, the emcee for the event, yielded the floor to Pankaj Sir after welcoming us all. To use a hackneyed simile, Pankaj sir’s presentation on ‘Campaigns in Nepal in the build up to COP15’ was as fun for us to watch as it probably was for people who campaigned. From holding a Youth Cabinet meeting at ‘Basantapur Base Camp’ to the Ministers’ Cabinet Meeting at ‘Everest Base Camp’ –we did it all! Because we wanted to send delegations off to COP15 with the strongest possible message that people from every corner of Nepal –the cities, the lanes, the parks, the mountaintop, the heritage sites – is telling them to cut a deal that meets the science. The well received media coverage is representative of just that – we were successful in making our voices heard, out loud.

But it’s a pity that the Copenhagen Accord didn’t even ‘take note of’ the time and the energy that we – not just the Nepali youth, but youth from around the globe – spent putting pressure on policymakers and delegates in preparation for and during the conference itself. Yes, the Nepalese Youth Movement also reached the eyes and ears of people at Bella Center too and Avisekh Sir elaborated more on the actions that took place during the actual conference. Involvement in the various YOUNGO groups, the widely covered mountain action, the Press meet with Jairam Ramesh, NYCA’s side event, Summiteers’ Summit: we, indeed, made our presence felt. For which, I do think we should receive a pat on the back. We have already gained momentum, guys. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gearing up for the South Asian youth Summit on Climate Change

Posted by NYCA Blogger on August 28, 2009

27th August, 2009 Kathmandu

Here it comes, the much awaited South Asian Youth Summit on Climate Change – the summit with Youth on its crux. Yesterday we had a sharing and discussion with the selected participants from Nepal for south Asian youth summit on Climate change. Participants shared their experience and knowledge on climate change and they were very enthusiastic and prepared for September 3. Discussion paced with lively debate on the basics of climate change and the climate change timeline and the conference of the parties and Bali Action plan. Further Group discussion was carried out in different themes namely agriculture and food insecurity, Mountain and glacial lakes, water and water induced disaster, carbon Market, Trade and climate Change, Forest and Bio- diversity. Pre – draft was drawn from the discussion. The draft drawn from the sharing will help to work out the south Asian youth vision. Participants were really enthusiastic to represent the strong youth voice from the region in the cop-15 Copenhagen to address the regional issue. Similar sharing and discussion will be carried out by our counterparts prior to SAYSoCC in their countries.

By: Avishek Shrestha

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