Kathmandu, November 20, 2015:Â First Nepal Climate Convergence was held in Kathmandu, SAP-Phalcha, BabarmahalÂ from 18 to 19 November 2015. Climate Convergence discussed about Climate Justice,Â building grass root movement, campaign strategy, Climate negotiations, media outreach,
art workshops and community organizing for Peoplesâ€™ Climate March.
Participants were from Hetauda, Chitwan, Dadeldhura, Dang, Dolakha, Pokhara,Â Kapilvastu and other cities/towns. Youth who attended this Convergence will organizeÂ climate march and ground actions on 28th and 29th November in their cities. ConvergenceÂ was organized by the joint effort of Digo Bikas Institute, Youth Alliance forÂ Environment, Nepalese Youth for Climate Action, We Inspire Nepal, Beyond 2015-Â Nepal Hub, Car free cities , Jiwanta- Nepal and YUWA.
Gunjan Pyasi one of the participant from Pokhara said â€œitâ€™s good opportunity for youngÂ people from district level to learn and understand climate justice issue and internationalÂ climate politics and negotiation.â€ Dristy Shrestha from organizing team mentioned,Â â€œConvergence will help to strengthen climate movement all over Nepal and build youngÂ climate justice advocatesâ€.
Highlights of sessions:
Alex Jansen from LocalFutures.org mentioned that Nepal has its own solution within. There are different solutions based movements happening in Nepal but are not connectedÂ to each other.
J.H Crawford, the writer of the book â€œCarfree Cities and â€œCarfree Design Manualâ€Â mentioned that Nepal is as an example for sustainable world due to low energyÂ consumption/ resource conservation. Bhaktapur, Nepal can be a model city for whole world on the basis of its urban planning and low energy consumption.
Shail Shrestha, co-founder of Digo Bikas Institute mentioned about rethinking about the present world system to understand the cause of Climate Change and issue of Climate Justice.
Abhishek Shrestha, co-founder of Digo Bikas Institute gave his presentation on the history of UNFCC and the importance of Cop 21. He also mentioned that the negotiators have been negotiating for 20 years but have not yet reached to a commitment of self-level. Cop 21 have to be a different story to reach to self-level of emission.
Ramesh Bhusal, from Third Pole, highlighted the importance of media in disseminating the information and news of climate change to the general mass. He emphasized on the need of more media coverage on the issue of climate change and followed it up with the difficulties in doing so.
Manjeet Dhakal, member of core negotiating team from GoN, described about the negotiation process of UNFCCC.Â Saurav Dhakal from story cycle shared his experience of his adventures during Great Himalayan Trail and discussed how he was able to make it lucrative to the mass media.