Â Kathmandu, November 26, 2015: People’s Climate March & Mobilization on Nov 28Â This Saturday, November 28th hundreds of Nepali people will be gathering in five major cities (Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bhairawa, Dharan and Chitwan) across Nepal to participate in the Peopleâ€™s Climate March. They carry with them an urgent message for all stakeholders of the planet to take collective action against the greatest threat our civilization has faced to dateâ€”climate change.
These five marches in Nepal are part of a global show of support for a climate smart world marked by thousands of ordinary peopleâ€”not just environmentalists and scientistsâ€”taking to the streets in marches taking place across the globe. The Peopleâ€™s Climate March is timed to coincide with the 21st Conference of Parties (COP), in which world leaders gather yearly to set targets to lower greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate change due to dangerous human activities in accordance with the internationally agreed United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
These important UN Climate Change Conferences have brought about significant international political response in the past such as the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol that required developed countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in recognition of their massive contribution to global warming. As well as the formation of the Green Climate Fund, a basket fund, in which developing countries agreed to raise USD 100 billion per by 2020 to help developing nations with climate adaptation and mitigation. This year, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, COP21 is expected to achieve a legally binding agreement on climate to keep global warming below 2Â°C. All countries, including Nepal, have already submitted their nationally determined goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions ahead of COP21.
Nepal ranks the fourth most vulnerable country to climate change in the world and faces a disproportionate impact of a changing climate when compared to its negligible contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions (less than 0.1% of global emissions). Our melting glaciers, receding snow lines, depleting natural resources and natural calamities caused by global climate change are a matter of gross climate injustice. Our Nepali delegation to COP21 has a huge responsibility to fulfill at the Paris Climate Conferenceâ€”they must draw the worldâ€™s attention to the plight of the Himalayan people and highlight the immense threat we face due to climate change and the assistance we need to tackle and cope with a changing climate.
As hundreds of Nepalese gather this Saturday in five major cities of Nepal, they have one thing on their mindâ€”to build citizen pressure and urge our government to take bolder and stronger action to create a more Climate Smart Nepal. The Peopleâ€™s Climate March is an invitation for people of all walks of life to show their support and solidarity for a stable and healthy planet for ours and many future generations to come. It will be attended by youth, professionals and scientists from civil society, I/NGOs, government officials and academia alike. The march will accompanied by a number of different activities such as inspirational speeches and flash mobs.
Peopleâ€™s Climate March â€“ Kathmandu Details
Â Date: November 28, 2015
Time: 9 â€“ 10:15 am
Location: Bhrikutimandap to Basantapur Durbar Square
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