Youths demand global actions on climate justiceAs the world leaders meet next week to find a common solution to growing threats of changing climate, thousands of youths in major cities across the country marched on Saturday demanding climate justice.
As the world leaders meet next week to find a common solution to growing threats of changing climate, thousands of youths in major cities across the country marched on Saturday demanding climate justice.
The march organised in Kathmandu and other major cities in the country was a part of the global Climate March organised every year before the global climate conference, calling world for action on climate change. Activists, students, youths and advocates, environmentalists around the world joined the march demanding a legal climate deal to save the future of the planet and its people.
People’s Climate March was organised in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Butwal, Hetauda, Chitwan, Damauli and Lamjung on Saturday evening.
Participants who joined the march in Kathmandu urged Nepal to demand a fair deal to ensure adequate financial and technical investments by the developed nations to the developing countries to help protect millions of poor and vulnerable communities from the negative impacts of climate change.
“Investment in renewable energy could be a transition away from fossil fuels while empowering communities at the front lines of climate change with the resources is needed to respond to the crisis,” said Dristy Shrestha, one of the participants in Kathmandu.
A government negotiation delegation led by Ram Prasad Lamsal, chief of the Climate Change Division at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE), has already left for Conference of Parties (CoP 21) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled to be held in Paris, France, from November 30 to December 11.
MoSTE Secretary Krishna Chandra Paudel said that the government will urge the developed countries to ensure their commitment to support the developing countries like Nepal from the negative impacts of climate change. Nepal’s negotiation will align with the agendas put forward by the Least Developed Countries
(LDC) bloc demanding the developed and wealthier nations to act in ensuring funding and technological transfer in developing countries, cut down the global emissions and most importantly come up a legal binding agreement.
“We will also put the issues of mountains facing the brunt of changing climatic and weather patterns in the meet,” Paudel said.