An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

April 20, 2018 | 12:52 pm | By: Climate Reality Project Nepal

An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Require your immediate action to tackle monsoon flooding in Nepal

 

To,

 

The Prime Minister

Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

 

Subject: Require your immediate action to tackle monsoon flooding in Nepal

 

Your Excellency KP Sharma Oli,

 

Climate Reality is an international Non-Governmental Campaign on Climate Change. We write to you in the aftermath of the series of floods observed in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in 2017. We write to draw your attention to the severity of the monsoon flooding and hope to direct towards some of the possible solutions that can be implemented at the earliest.

Monsoon floods, as we understand and scientific investigations suggest, are a result of the climate change occurring around the globe resulting from anthropogenic activities coupled with natural phenomenon. Some of the anthropogenic activities include but not limited to deforestation in upstream watersheds, carbon emissions from transportation and industry, diminishing flood sinks caused by encroachment on marsh lands and mangrove forests, inefficient infrastructure that cannot respond to unprecedented floods.

 

We observed that 143 people died and 1.7 million are affected, with half a million homes completely or partially destroyed.  There are indications that monsoon flooding over years has intensified in terms of water quantity and duration. This unprecedented flooding requires the immediate attention of the Nepal government. Several measures need to be implemented both at the community and the national scale to ensure the impact on human life is prevented or at the least reduced during such flooding.

 

There have been precedence in the world that have reduced the impact of floods, have contained flooding, and have developed resilience mechanisms. These include but not limited to early warning systems such as that in Bangladesh, afforestation on a massive scale, like the one in the biggest state, Uttar Pradesh (holds the world record for setting up Guinness World Record of 50 million trees planted in 24 hours), and Land Use Planning in most of the world.

 

However, we feel that there is need for urgent actions to revert the natural disasters such as the current one and reduce its impact.

 

Your Excellency, we understand that Nepal has committed to and ratified Paris agreement on Climate change and include plans to increase renewable energy production which shows Nepal’s intent to move to a low carbon development pathway.

We also request a strong commitment from your end with respect to implementing stringent policies and laws governing deforestation along the watershed areas. We would also recommend afforestation along the watershed areas and Climate Reality team will be totally committed to this. We observe that the major impact on human life arises from the lack of preventive measures for such situations in spite of previous flooding experience in the same place around the same time. A community based alarming systems need to be implemented at a larger scale to alert and evacuate the people in the flood prone areas to reduce human impact. Additionally, disaster management as part of the curriculum has to be implemented at a primary school level in flood prone areas. This will educate children about the flooding situations and ways to tackle them and also help set up preventive measures for the future.

Honorable Sir, we recognize that Nepal is one of the least contributors of greenhouse globally, but as you know, it is also one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change. We recognize you wish to support your most vulnerable communities and we hope that this missive will serve to help energize governmental response specifically to the climate-related causes and consequences.  

 

While we at Climate Reality highly appreciate your commitment and steps taken towards renewable energy, we request your complete attention and dedication to faster implementation of several of the initiatives to reduce such flooding situations in future. We completely understand that these are not going to easy steps to be implemented and we stand with you in true spirit and commitment.

 

We would ask your consideration to institute urgent action on both mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change, including:

  • Transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy;
  • Reforestation programs and other natural buffer creation to reduce the future impact of floods;
  • To Prioritize the development of infrastructure for electric vehicles, including charging stations, and also to incentivize import of electric vehicles over internal combustion engine vehicles;
  • Involvement of local community in mitigation and adaptation plans.
  • Education of students nationwide on the impacts and corrective action with respect to climate change.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Phurpa Lama

Country Manager

The Climate Reality Project Nepal

 

Climate Change and flood: Exacerbating fury

March 7, 2018 | 3:27 pm | By: Climate Reality Project Nepal

Climate change impacts and the associated vulnerabilities is a growing environmental issue of concern across the globe. Even though the GHGs contribution of Nepal is negligible, the impact it is bearing now and in future is beyond comparison. Nepal’s diverse geography are facing amplified wrath of climate change where erratic rainfall, drought, floods, melting snow and glacier retreat possess extreme vulnerabilities. The ex post facto effect of global warming evolve the positive feedback loop of rising global temperature resulting  melting of glaciers  and in other hand with projection of intense precipitation which intensifies the increased flood risk during the rainy season. Increased temperature intensifies the hydrological cycle subsequently heightened risks of intersperse of intense and heavy downpour with longer relatively dry periods in future.

Every consecutive year is said to the hottest year ever. The rising global temperature impact is widespread as this fact is supported with confidence by IPCC that increase in warming will cause in increase of Asian summer monsoon precipitation variability causing changes in monsoon mean duration and strength. Nepal gets its 80% of total precipitation in 20% of its duration i.e. monsoon season. According to WMO, in year 2016 the flooding during monsoon season reached highest heights in Nepal along Bangladesh and other Ganges river basin area.

Now, the Asian monsoon is getting weird than before. Intense rainfall and melting of glacier has increased runoff favoring more flooding submerging the lowland riverine community toward the vulnerabilities. According to Maplecroft’s index, Nepal ranks fourth vulnerable country which is at high risk to climate change. In 2015, Nepal was ranked 19th by Germanwatch Climate Risk Index for 1994-2013 and 7th prone to flood risk index in 2016. Every year thousands of people get displaced by the flood.

Year 2017 was nothing unlike previous years as flood, high intensity rainfall of few days left many people homeless and in grief. Engraving impact of increasing temperature with intense rainfall brings the cascading event of ever increasing toll of lives, displacement, poverty all will occur as every year does but the difference will be temporally and spatially. Recent findings from WMO, NOAA, FAO, IPCC etc. emphasized the fact that intensification of climate hazards like flood especially in Asian countries like Nepal can’t be forsaken. The people of developing countries like Nepal have minimal access to information, adaptive capacity to be resilient against climate change impact. This shows why stopping increasing rate of the global average temperature at 1.5ºC is of important.  So, solidarity for the global advocacy for climate change not only for adaptation but for mitigations should be prioritized.

THE CLIMATE REALITY CONCERT 2017

December 29, 2017 | 12:41 pm | By: Climate Reality Project Nepal

INTRODUCTION AND BACK GROUND

Public awareness is important to increase enthusiasm and support, stimulate self-mobilization and action, and mobilize local knowledge and resources. Raising political awareness is important as policy makers and politicians are key actors in the policy process of adaptation. Awareness raising requires strategies of effective communication to reach the desired outcome. The combination of these communication strategies for a targeted audience for a given period can broadly be described as “awareness raising campaign”. The aim of awareness raising campaigns most often differs between contexts but generally includes increase concern, informing the targeted audience, creating a positive image and attempts to change their behavior.

The Climate Reality Project Nepal aims to outreach the science of climate change to a wider public. It was promulgated back in 2015 where in initiation of Phurpa lama this organization was promulgated. Similarly, the collaborator of The Climate Reality Concert- Aabash Memorial Foundation that aims to create sustainable solutions to marginalized community by means of resilient community services.

The major aim of Climate Reality Concert is to do a grass root movement to aware people about the changing climatic pattern. Climate reality concert is done collaboratively by The Climate Reality Project Nepal and Aabash Memorial Foundation

PURPOSE

This event aimed to outreach people especially youth to understand the science of climate change. The major purpose to initialize this event was to also persuade people especially youth to know the present situation of Climate change and why resiliency of such issues as essential for a country like Nepal. Most of all the major purposes were:

  1. To outreach the information of Climate change urgency to wider public by the means of music.
  2. To inform audiences of why grass root movement of awareness as these could be beneficial.
  3. Events which can both persuade and help audience receive knowledge by guest speakers from WWF NEPAL and ICIMOD collaboratively.
  4. To let the audiences and wider public know about such grass root movement that will happen every year consistently.

METHODOLOGY

The event was pre planned a month earlier to allocate roles of different volunteer team. The volunteer’s were selected based upon their interest and first come first basis.

This event has particularly 2 guests from different back grounds. The guests invited were from WWF NEPAL and ICIMOD. Representing WWF NEPAL was honorary Dr, Ghanashyam Gurung who is the director of WWF NEPAL and from ICIMOD was Mr. Nand Kishor Agrawal, the coordinator of Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme.

Director of WWF NEPAL, Ghanashyam Gurung as a key note speaker of the event explained and shared his knowledge of importance of resiliency for a country like Nepal and why events as these can help bring change as a grass root level movement. He also explained about the event that WWF NEPAL up brings every year as Earth hour where concerts as these could make huge role in awareness raising actions to let know the community and audiences of what’s happening in the ground level through Medias.

Similarly, Mr Nand Kishor Agrawal, coordinator of HICAP started with a story of his upbringing where climate change played a role with which he intended to work for HICAP. His story was as inspiring as his passion to change the adaptation patterns in community to help them be resilient. He also shared his perception of how a communication of climate science to wider public with means of concert could bring change in the society.

In regard to team formation, the methods involved in making the first Climate Reality Concert involved forming up of teams that help in initializing and making this event a success. The Volunteers merely were teamed up as mentee’s of Country director- Phurpa Lama. The total of 11 volunteers participated in the event organization.

Such volunteer’s were formed and divided as 4 genres.

1. Logistic management team

  1. Financial management team
  2. Promotional management team
  3. Administrative management team

As per the above mentioned managerial team each team has 2 sub volunteers to look effectively to the work done during and before the concert.

In addition, the director of Aabash Memorial Foundation contributed in performing with her band ( JOTs) which is an All girl band to help raise awareness about grassroots movement by finding out the logistic place ( Karma lounge, located in Tripureshwor, Lalitpur, Nepal) and forming up of the entire team, allocating of work.

The audiences were charged certain amount so that the venue breakeven amount could be gained.

FINDINGS AND CONCLUSION

There are various forms of media through which the message can be communicated, for example through television, internet, newspapers and concerts. Our major focus was to target audience from various backgrounds to know the changing climatic pattern by means of media (Concert). To persuade youths to know that climate urgency is essential. The first Climate Reality Concert as its name proved to be somehow biennial as people were interested to join this grass root movement.

Nevertheless, we aim to outreach even wider public in the next year to come.

Towards Renewable Energy: Nepal and Bangladesh

October 12, 2017 | 10:55 am | By: Climate Reality Project Nepal

In the context of Nepal

Nepal carries the enormous potential of generating 83,000 MW Hydroelectricity. However, the greatest paradox still exists of having around 10 hours load shedding in Kathmandu.For last two decades, the exploitation of fossil fuels and the natural resources are considered as the global discussion, where recommendations are focused on the adoption of energy saving systems and use of renewable energy.

Nepal is one of the least developed countries with more than 80% of its population residing in rural communities. It has no known major oil, gas, or coal reserves, and its energy sector is dominated by the traditional energy sources like fuelwood, crop residues, and animal dung mainly for domestic usage. The majority of rural populations are meeting their energy needs by burning biomass in traditional stoves, mostly fossil-derived fuels are imported. Also, the continuous increase of petroleum imports has an adverse impact on its fragile economy.

The major sources of renewable energy are mini and micro hydropower, solar energy, various forms of biomass energy, biogas and wind energy etc.But still around 85% of the total final energy consumption in Nepal is met by traditional biomass energy and around 28% of households in Nepal do not have access to electricity.

Nepal aims to achieve universal access to clean, reliable and affordable renewable energy solutions by 2030. It is expected to reduce dependence on traditional and imported energy by increasing access to renewable energy.

The use of solar energy is reliable than the traditional electricity in Nepal. Private installations of solar panels are more frequent in urban areas tend to use it as a backup during the power cut off. On average, Nepal has 6.8 sunshine hours per day with the intensity of solar irradiation ranging from 3.9 to 5.1 kWh per meter square, with a commercial potential of solar power for grid connection estimated in 2,100 MW.

In 2015, Nepal and the World Bank signed an agreement to invest USD 130 million to develop a 25 MW solar project that will eventually be connected to the national grid. It is the largest renewable energy plant planned in the country.

The wind potential has noted available in the mountainous region with significance, however, Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA) project has made an attempt to map the wind resource potential in Nepal and has shown a very good prospect of wind energy with the prediction of about 3,000 MW of wind power generation.

The government of Nepal has been a particularly strong advocate for biogas, having implemented initiatives to support promotion and development of the technology since 1974. Biogas has been especially attractive since a large amount of the population are farmers depends mostly on agriculture. The main challenges for the biogas sector are cold temperatures in country’s hilly areas; the lack of private sector investment, and the geographical locations of many villages. However, biogas technology has contributed a lot to increase the socio-economic status of its users in Nepal.

Each biogas plant can save more than four tones of firewood and 32 liters of kerosene every year. It can save averages 1000 hours of average firewood collection of each household. Each biogas plant produces about five tons of organic, fertilizer annually, which can replace chemical fertilizer. A recent study by Winrock Nepal and others found that each biogas plant can mitigate about five tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. The credits thus earned could provide alternative financing for the sustainability of biogas program in Nepal.

A wide geographical variability, the lower literacy rate, and high-cost factor are some of the major issues associated with the promotion of sustainable energy in Nepal.

Despite its hydro dominant policies, Nepal has established a semi-autonomous agency called the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) in 1996. It claims that more than 1.5 million families have got access to electricity access using renewable energy sources, especially in the off-grid areas.

In the context of Bangladesh

Rapid urbanization fueled by stable economic growth has already created a huge energy demand in Bangladesh, where electricity is the widely used form of energy. At present, about 72% of the total population has access to electricity.

Bangladesh is starving for energy for last few decades since its power generation mostly depends on imported fossil fuel and natural gas. The present government has increased electricity generation, yet the grid electricity to the remote areas is difficult because of the lack of longstanding distribution facilities.

The government of Bangladesh has found ambitious with its goal of providing the electricity to every rural household. But, the energy access and the pollution free clean electricity for all is hard as there is lack of available alternative renewable sources for Bangladesh except the solar energy.

Bangladesh is hosting the fastest growing Solar Home System program in the world with over 50,000 SHS unit installations per month in the recent past. As of 2017, Bangladesh has the world’s largest Solar Home System program with about 5 million SHS. Over 30 million people are dependent on solar energy now, also created new employment for over 100,000 people.

It’s an off-grid success; over 12 percent population outside the grid network is getting access to electricity through the installation of more than 4.5 million solar home systems.

Bangladesh enjoys the average solar radiation varies between 4 and 6.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per square meter per day, also blessed with year-round sunshine over 300 days per year.

In terms of rural renewable energy development, the country has made significant progress by installing Solar Home System in the off-grid areas.

Back in 1996, it became popular among the rural people for its affordable monthly installment facility at the price of kerosene, become a successful financial model for rural development.

A strong network of supply chain and branches also help Solar Home System become popular and acceptable.

Bangladesh government has taken a systematic approach includes the development of awareness, legal and regulatory framework, institutional development, and financing mechanism to drive the RE sector.

Use of solar energy in Bangladesh has ignited the future prospects, also made the country committed to being the first solar nation in the world.

Along with the solar home system, 617 Solar Irrigation Pumps have already been installed, along with solar street lights in Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, and remote rural areas of the country, 7 solar mini-grids in remote islands, urban rooftop solar program, and solar-powered arsenic water treatment plants are complementing the effort to generate clean power.

A community-based solar approach such as solar irrigation pumps, solar mini-grid, arsenic water treatment plants, and solar street lights have the potential of benefiting the community people by ensuring food security, arsenic-free pure water, improved socio-economic conditions in off-grid areas of Bangladesh etc.

It’s possible to produce additional electricity of 30,000MW from the utilization of solar PV at schools, colleges, universities, mosques, temples madrasahs, government buildings, factories, bus stations, train stations, unused lands, community-based PV plants, and grid tie mega projects.

The world is shifting to green electricity generation from the traditional way of electricity production, causes about 29% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

However, Bangladesh solar mission needs to be designed to achieve SDGs by 2030 and to build the foundation to reach 100% renewable energy (RE) in the future.

In this backdrop, the government has established Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) to provide policy support and guidelines for sustainable growth of renewable energy. The private sector has taken multiple initiatives towards producing renewable electricity.

To facilitate to thousands of rural villages through the next decade, moving towards renewable energy can bring a smile to the rural people by developing agricultural output, offering food security, providing modern facilities, creating new businesses and jobs for both men and women.

Proper planning and implementation of a sustainable technological, financial, and socially accepted business model articulated through

Bangladesh’s solar mission may gradually transform the nation towards renewable energy, also and to become the first solar nation by 2041.

Conclusion:

The go-for renewable for both countries mostly depends on the continuous govt. and donor support, public-private partnerships. The extension of natural resources based electricity is always perilous for the environment than the renewable energy. In this backdrop, the use of the renewables sources has been seeing as the viable alternatives to meet the existing demand of power supply for both countries. Despite own huge potentials of each country, however, both countries are yet to exploit the power of the sun to their advantages to meet the energy need.

 

REDD (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation ) as a Part of Solution

August 30, 2017 | 10:41 am | By: Climate Reality Project Nepal

 

Climate Change is happening and it’s real. There are many alternative ways that can reduce the impact of climate change. International communities and UN are working out a lot to find a concrete solution in order to mitigate GHGS in an atmosphere. 

Theere are different measures that are adopted by UN and International communities like Shared vision, transfer of technology, mitigation, adaptation, capacity building and so on. Here we are very much getting into and found one of the mitigation measures that can make a drastic change which is very clear word REDD +.

REDD stand for Reducing Emission from Deforestation and forest Degradation where as REDD + Stand for conserving forest, sustainable forest management and enhancement of carbon in forest.

According to IPCC 30percent of the worlds land area is covered by forest and deforestation and forest degradation is a source of 16 to 20% of Green House Gases (GHGs) emission. In order to avoid the risk of Climate change we shall be aiming to hold Temperature below 2 degree Celsius.

REDD is essentially a switch of paradigm and it is very essential for indigenous and forest communities to work with government and government to work with looking at the interest of these communities.

Indigenous people and forest community will 100 percent benefit from thei REDD coz these communities are paid for sustaining the forest and it is very crucial the involvement of indigenous people and forest communities are ensured and their right to control over and manage the forest are respected by government and the international communities.

Developed countries are allocating funds for the economy of developing countries. REDD  is extremely effective way of ensuring that mitigation of GHGS takes place and its very cost effective.

Therefore, government from developing countries need to push REDD in hardest as it is important part of mitigation measures and implement as quickly as possible.

BY : Phurpa Lama 

Unprecedented Flooding Events in Southern Nepal.

August 14, 2017 | 10:59 pm | By: Climate Reality Project Nepal

According to Ministry of Home Affair, at least 64 people have been killed in southern Nepal due to deadly landslide and flooding triggered by prolonged heavy down pour and left thousands homeless in low-lying areas of Nepal. More than 50 other people are missing and feared dead after heavy rainfall in 26 district of southern Nepal. Tens of Thousands families have been displaced by floods and landslides occurred since Friday (11th of August) remaining without safe drinking water, electricity and food supplies. Also cellular network outage complicated rescue over affected areas.

In addition heavy downpour has caused significant damage to road and communication infrastructure. Most of the affected areas have remain without power lines and electricity. Further Landslide and floods are feared due to continued heavy rainfall.

 

Ministry of Home Affairs also reported that as many as more than 400 houses have been destroyed and almost 34 thousands of houses remained submerged. This mass flooding also damaged thousands of businesses.

Landslides and flooding are common in the Himalayan region during the monsoon season but the recent flooding is the worst disaster ever recorded.

 

Sustainable Lighting Source for Community Center

August 1, 2017 | 9:26 am | By: Climate Reality Project Nepal

A reliable community center is crucial for the community to hold variety of cultural activities and encourage community members to interact through social and cultural gathering. Yambalama community center located Helambu Rural Municipality-1, 75 km away from Capital city Kathmandu did not have reliable electricity because of frequent local power outages, and quality light system that did not emit strong enough light.


When there is a power outages these communities still obtain light form Kerosene which directly affects the health of people including lung and eye diseases and the price of these liquid fuel increase with a village distance from the road and must be carried from there on. This makes the communities difficulties in walking from a distance.

With supports from a campaign “Light up a Life for a Better Nepal” (committed to providing sustainable solar light to people with limited or no access to electricity) initiated by climate activists Phurpa Lama installed 20 LED lights and 400 Watts photovoltaic panels, the community center now have a reliable solar electricity and mobile charger access transforming the quality of life and brightening the darker hours. Altogether 22 households or around 110 people, benefited directly and indirectly from these community sustainable lighting source and helped educate communities about uses of solar electricity.

“The relationship between renewable energy sources and the communities we expect to host them must be appropriate and sustainable and above all, acceptable to local people”

(Owen Paterson)

 

Conference and Workshop on Climate Change and Climate Politics

April 12, 2017 | 3:56 pm | By: Climate Reality Project Nepal

The Climate Reality Project Nepal conducted a one day Conference and workshop on Climate Change and Climate Politics in Kathmandu on 26th March 2017. In the prevent phase, The Climate Reality Project Nepal took the responsibility of selecting the volunteers and dividing the work load, organizing frequent meetings mobilizing them to different Colleges in Kathmandu to spread fact about the climate crisis and spread about the Climate politics conference.

Key objective of this event was to help share about the global impacts, solutions and Science behind Climate change, it’s implication in Nepal, update about the national and international  climate change policies, agreement and commitment  process  and to develop connections for the continued work on climate issues. The Conference brought diverse groups of young energetic Students, officials and entrepreneurs.

Head of Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change in Nepal Honorable Sher Bahadur Tamang was invited as a chief guest to inaugurate the conference and workshop on Climate change and Climate politics. All together selective 65 young enthusiastic participants from different environment back ground actively participated the conference. In the opening ceremony, Climate Reality Leader Anuska Joshi MC (Master of Ceremony) of the program formally welcomed chief guest, participants, Volunteers and everyone present in the program. Mr. Phurpa Lama Country Manager for The Climate Reality Project Nepal expressed his gratitude to everyone and made brief about overall objective and Importance about the conference. An Inauguration speech was followed by short introductory session, where everyone disclosed their name, place and designation.

After the opening Ceremony the Session was followed by Anuska Joshi  Office Coordinator to The Climate Reality Project Nepal by delivering her presentation on “Climate Reality” where she focused her slide with global Impacts, Solutions and Science behind Climate Change.

Secondly, the presentation was followed by Ashra Kunwar Communication coordinator for The Climate Reality Project Nepal with the topic “ Climate Resiliency and empowering human parson” She also shared her great experience about how she took a leadership in communicating with the Community women group to help them be resilient against climate crisis. Importantly, she was able to deliver knowledge about resiliency and adaptive capacity among Participants.

Climate Reality Leader Rubina Karki delivered her presentation on the topic “Youth Activism on Climate Change”. The presentation started with the definition of youth as defined by Wikipedia. The main motive of the presentation was to motivate and encourage the participants present in the conference to work in the field of environment and climate change. The presentation covered the Agenda 21 of chapter 55 of the UNFCCC which clearly mentioned the involvement of youth in the decision making process. The presentation also gave a briefing about YOUNGO (UNFCCC observer of Youth Non-Governmental Organization). It also covered the climate change movements empowered by the youths all over the world as well as in Nepal. It covered the conferences, seminars, rallies initiated by the youths all over the world.

The presentation ended with a quote by Margaret mead “Never doubt that a group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. It is indeed the only thing that ever has”

Aditya Sunuwar Rai, Field manager for The Climate Reality Project Nepal delivered his presentation on “Impacts of Climate Change in Public Health” which included all the infectious diseases that are caused by the climate change. He mentioned about premature death and adverse chronic and respiratory health outcomes due to natural occurring wildfires which emits fine particles and ozone precursors, sometime airborne allergens, asthma episodes and other illness. He also mentioned that change in precipitation pattern, rise in temperature and extreme weather events prevalence the mosquito related diseases like Dengue and Cholera. Importantly, the  Extreme weather events even leads to the destruction of drinking water, waste water infrastructures which risk human and farm land, vegetables lands exposure to different water borne pathogens, chemicals and toxins. Finally, he also mentioned that the Change in climate can results negative health impacts on human health and serious mental health consequences which brings change in social behavior.

The Climate Reality Leader Ranjit Sapkota dealt his presentation with the topic “Climate Change and Youth Empowerment” where he mentioned Nepal is small but it have diverse climate varying from place to place making our country vulnerable to climate change. He also mentioned that 75% of our economically active population is dependent upon agricultural activity to sustain their daily life. Recently climate change have brought abrupt irreversible change in monsoon pattern and average weather condition. Water resource are drying up rapidly. Agricultural yield is very low. People are being affected by Climate Change, they are being forced to leave their land in search of better opportunity. People are changing their jobs. Job is very hard to find and many people compete for limited job. The presentation ended with a quote anyone who have the will to do and work hard to meet their goal is a youth. If we want to change the world we should be the change that we want to see. Change starts from us. Together we can bring the change that we want to see.

 

Finally. Phurpa Lama Country Director for The Climate Reality Project Eminent Speaker of the event delivered his Presentation on “The International Climate Politics and the road ahead after Paris agreement and COP22” where he dealt with key outcomes agreed at United Nation Climate Talks in Morocco during 22nd Conference of Parties and way forward.

 

Second Session was about thematic discussion to be conducted in relations to identifying problems and Solutions to climate change and divided the entire participants into four groups and dealt with following topic Climate Change and Sustainability Group, Climate resiliency, Climate Refugees and Victims and Community Adaptation Environmental rules and Regulation. Four of our Climate Reality Leaders, Jyoti Ghimire, Aditya Sunuwar Rai, Rubina Karki and Ashra kunwar facilitated the group workshop. The group discussion and workshop was concluded successfully. All the participants discussed and interacted actively on the given topic under the guidance of their respective facilitator.

At the end, entire Participant of the workshop developed and agreed to follow seven Promises/pledges for the future of our children and our grandchildren. The seven Promises are as follows:

  1. To use the resources wisely (closing tap, electrical appliances when it is not necessary.
  2. To reduce the waste generation at home by segregating waste as degradable and non-degradable.
  3. To promote awareness program and empower people about adaptation and mitigation. 
  4. Increase the use of renewable and alternative sources of energy.
  5. Use Ecofriendly vehicles or walk far as possible
  6. To Promote and use organic products.
  7. To consider the 5R principal-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Refuse and Repurpose.

The program was finally concluded by closing remarks from Mr. Phurpa Lama Country Manager for The Climate Reality Project Nepal.

Interaction Program on Climate Change and Water Crisis to mark World Water Day- 22 March, 2017

April 5, 2017 | 10:55 am | By: Climate Reality Project Nepal

Introduction

Marking the World Water Day that was held at Kathmandu, Nepal on 22nd of March 2017- The Climate Reality Project Nepal in collaboration with Walk for Water India hosted an Interactive session on Climate change information sharing by the Climate Reality leader’s inclusion of water pledge session at the end of the workshop. The workshop was mainly focused on celebrating world water day that’s celebrated worldwide on 22nd of March 2017. This event organized and initiated by The Climate Reality project had 7 leaders inclusion of volunteers that were called from different institutions.

Objective

The major objective of the workshop are as follows:

  1. The objective of this workshop was to introduce the volunteers about what The Climate Reality Project Nepal does holistically.
  2. To pledge against water wastage and oath to save water in future.

    3. To delegate knowledge about national and global water issues till date.

    4. To be holistically responsible by reaching out more people in the next phase.


    Methodology

    After providing T-shirt to all the volunteers and organizers during this workshop, Country Manager Mr. Phurpa Lama and Climate Reality Leader Ashra Kunwar of The Climate Reality Project Nepal disseminated their knowledge on Climate change and Global/National condition of water related issues. The remaining Climate Reality Leaders were there to evaluate the overall sessions with the volunteers. At the end of the workshop, Climate Reality Leader, Anuska Joshi conducted an Interactive rapid questionnaire session with all the volunteers and Climate Reality Leaders during the full day World water day event held at Dining hall, lounge and café situated at New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal.

 


Results/ Conclusion

To reiterate the overall session of World Water Day 2017, the interactive workshop became very fruitful as the volunteers were very interactive throughout the session. The ending was done by pledging against water loss. All the members including the organizers and volunteers were given a T shirt and a pledging card which was repeated by everyone at the end.

The message to oath is as follows:

“I take an oath to conserve water and to use water wisely. I pledge to consume water judiciously and not waste even a drop of water. I’ll treat water as the most precious treasure that I possess and consume it accordingly. I pledge to motivate my family, friends and neighborhood to use water wisely and not waste it. It is our planet and only we can save it.
With this, the session concluded effectively.

Interaction Program on Climate Change and Water Crisis to mark World Water Day- 22 March, 2017

April 5, 2017 | 10:49 am | By: Climate Reality Project Nepal

Introduction

Marking the World Water Day that was held at Kathmandu, Nepal on 22nd of March 2017- The Climate Reality Project Nepal in collaboration with Walk for Water India hosted an Interactive session on Climate change information sharing by the Climate Reality leader’s inclusion of water pledge session at the end of the workshop. The workshop was mainly focused on celebrating world water day that’s celebrated worldwide on 22nd of March 2017. This event organized and initiated by The Climate Reality project had 7 leaders inclusion of volunteers that were called from different institutions.

Objective

The major objective of the workshop are as follows:

  1. The objective of this workshop was to introduce the volunteers about what The Climate Reality Project Nepal does holistically.
  2. To pledge against water wastage and oath to save water in future.

    3. To delegate knowledge about national and global water issues till date.

    4. To be holistically responsible by reaching out more people in the next phase.


    Methodology

    After providing T-shirt to all the volunteers and organizers during this workshop, Country Manager Mr. Phurpa Lama and Climate Reality Leader Ashra Kunwar of The Climate Reality Project Nepal disseminated their knowledge on Climate change and Global/National condition of water related issues. The remaining Climate Reality Leaders were there to evaluate the overall sessions with the volunteers. At the end of the workshop, Climate Reality Leader, Anuska Joshi conducted an Interactive rapid questionnaire session with all the volunteers and Climate Reality Leaders during the full day World water day event held at Dining hall, lounge and café situated at New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal.

 


Results/ Conclusion

To reiterate the overall session of World Water Day 2017, the interactive workshop became very fruitful as the volunteers were very interactive throughout the session. The ending was done by pledging against water loss. All the members including the organizers and volunteers were given a T shirt and a pledging card which was repeated by everyone at the end.

The message to oath is as follows:

“I take an oath to conserve water and to use water wisely. I pledge to consume water judiciously and not waste even a drop of water. I’ll treat water as the most precious treasure that I possess and consume it accordingly. I pledge to motivate my family, friends and neighborhood to use water wisely and not waste it. It is our planet and only we can save it.
With this, the session concluded effectively.