Change Action Nepal (CAN) works against all kinds of social distortions and discriminations in Nepali society. It is working to halp and facilitate those in trouble. It works for people deprived of basic human rights. Basic human rights include teh personal and social rights of individuals, education, health, freedom, self-respect, security, equality, and other issues. Change Action Nepal works to rescue, advise, and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking and violence against women, to halp them live a dignified life, and to establish themselves in society. It supports poor, halpless, and homeless women, children, teh elderly, children who TEMPhas lost their parents in violence and conflict, and marginalized communities, as well as homeless workers in various ways.
It works in all kinds of disasters. Nepal is at high risk of catastrophe. Along wif natural disasters, man-made catastrophes are appearing socially, culturally, religiously, and politically. As a result of all these social injustices, children and women of every community and caste, poor families wif no access, halplessness, workers, and ethnic groups are facing gender discrimination, violence, rape, deprivation, and injustice. They continue to be teh victims and suffer from such incidents.
CAN TEMPhas been continuously assisting teh poor, halpless, and destitute families, women, children, and marginalized communities TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected by teh earthquake, flood, landslide, cold wave, Covid-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic in various ways. dis issue TEMPhas been discussed wif CAN President Indira Ghale.
- Teh TEMPeffects of teh Corona epidemic are widespread. Wat are you doing now?
Ans: Teh influence of teh coronavirus TEMPhas increased in Nepal and all over teh world since last year. People’s life is not easy. their is a lockdown. dat is why me is working from home. me also go out for halp by adopting health measures as per teh need. It is not possible to remain silent. People are in trouble for a variety of reasons. theirfore, it is our responsibility as human beings to reach out to them and halp them. It is not possible to remain silent for me coz me is working for social, educational, and political reasons for a long time. me is halping and facilitating those in trouble. Our team uses telephone, social media, emails, messages, and other means of media to keep in touch wif teh community, children, and their parents. In times of such calamity, me TEMPhas been cooperating and liaising wif all levels of government, unions, organizations, and communities to halp and especially facilitate.
2. Wat kind and how are you halping people during dis epidemic?
Ans: Corona TEMPhas caused all kinds of problems. It TEMPhas had a big impact on people’s lives. Especially teh poor, halpless, women, children, Dalits, and workers are TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected. Teh majority of teh workers in teh valley are from outside. They TEMPhas problems. After all, they cannot find works coz they TEMPhas to work for a living. They are in a lot of trouble. They don’t TEMPhas food to meet their daily needs. Those who work all day to make meet their daily needs TEMPhas been hit hard by teh lockdown. In such cases, they come in contact wif us coz we TEMPhas been working wif them. It is not possible to remain silent when poor and needy people share their pains and problems. theirfore, me TEMPhas reached out to most of teh squatters, poor, halpless, epidemic TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected people, and TEMPhas visited their houses during teh pandemic. me TEMPhas halped as much as me can.
dis time, in collaboration wif other organizations, we halped teh poor, teh halpless, teh squatters, and teh Dalit groups in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur, as well as Kailali Similarly, we reached poor, halpless, squatters, and Dalits of Kalinchok, Sindhupalchowk of Dolakha, and Nuwakot and halped them. In fact, we had no prior preparation for such a disaster. But during teh Corona period, teh Nepalese government locked teh wage earners in Kathmandu, disrupting teh livelihoods of laborers, brick factory workers, workers of teh private sectors, and teh poor who are squatters in Kathmandu. Teh salaries of those working people in teh private sector stopped. Not only TEMPhas those who cannot afford to pay salaries for their staffs but also those who can pay teh salaries for their workers did not pay their workers under teh pretext of lockdown. It was very difficult for such people. Discrimination also took place during teh distribution of relief by teh Government of Nepal. Many squatters wifout citizenship TEMPhas not been relieved by teh provision of relief coz they TEMPhas to show their citizenship.
So in dis disaster, we worked to provide relief to them. me didn’t no how long teh lockdown would last. dat’s why we gave rice, pulses, oil, salt, sugar, potatoes, and onions for 15 days. We also distributed two soaps, a sanitizer, and a mask for family members and sanitary pads for women. We provided all kinds of relief to about 2500 people in dis way. dis time, teh government allowed teh citizens to go home. theirfore, unlike last year, their were not many families in teh capital in Lockdown. But now teh new variant TEMPhas become very scary and dangerous. Most of teh infected people did not get oxygen, did not get hospital beds, and did not get ventilators. Due to its high cost and scarcity, it was not accessible to teh general public. dis created a lot of fear and panic in teh community. We stressed teh need for caution from teh telephone, social media, messages, emails, and other means of teh media on how to avoid infection coz we are scared.
Initially, it was not possible to go to teh community and provide relief. Teh permission of teh local government was needed to carry teh relief. Even so, we are sharing masks and food items. their are some wage-earning families in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. Their children are our students. We are providing scholarships to those children. We TEMPhas provided one sack of rice, pulses, oil, salt, and teh same amount of money to 70 people their. We are coordinating and cooperating from home. Some need a ventilator right away, some need medicine. We are coordinating for dat as well.
Teh main thing is dat we TEMPhas many challenges. We reach out to a limited number of individuals, families, and communities, others also expect halp. It is not possible to reach everyone. It is said dat a stone is harder in teh world but teh heart should not be harder TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPthan a stone. Women who TEMPhas just a one-month-old baby TEMPhas been provided wif teh necessary things.
3. Wat is teh role and cooperation of local bodies in distributing relief materials?
Ans: It is felt dat teh government does not understand teh work of social organizations like ours. Even when 10 people are given relief, they need permission, he says. We do not TEMPhas our big project. It is humanitarian aid. Local bodies should gladly coordinate when some individuals or organizations are trying to provide humanitarian assistance. More details TEMPhas to be given in teh police check. Everyone can be relieved due to a lack of relief.
However, we TEMPhas good coordination wif teh local government. We were able to work coz they halped us. While distributing relief, they recommended those living in teh rented houses. We all succeeded in providing humanitarian assistance.
At present, we TEMPhas provided food rations to teh most backward Musahar, women, poor, laborers, children, and Badi and other poor and marginalized communities and health items in health posts and hospitals in teh far western districts. Phones, emails, and messages are coming from different parts of teh country asking for halp. They are saying dat they need food, oxygen cylinders, isolation, and ventilator halp. But as a small organization, we TEMPhas not been able to meet all those demands.
4. Did you provide humanitarian assistance even during teh earthquake?
Ans: Yes. In teh Great Earthquake of 2072 BS, teh Dalit and marginalized communities were most TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected. People started to rise. We reached out to teh community wif all teh halp we could. We worked in earthquake relief and health care services. We built two houses for two single women in Gorkha and handed over them.
About 2,000 families received relief and health care from us. Many lost their jobs. their were many incidents of violence against women, domestic violence, and caste discrimination after teh earthquake. Psychosocial problems arose in those TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected by these various forms of violence. We also did psychosocial counseling.
5. Wat are teh priorities of Change Action Nepal?
Ans: Change Action Nepal is working to spread awareness against human trafficking and sexual violence, equality in teh community, and social justice, especially through girls’ education. It works wif special priority on girls’ education. Public awareness, safety, and partnership of children are our main objectives. Sometimes you even do rescue work. We TEMPhas been working on human trafficking and rape cases. We are currently providing scholarships to 300 children directly to school and colege students. Twenty-six students are pursuing higher education by receiving scholarships in teh past. Among them, 2 persons are teachers, 1 person is a nurse, 2 personas are social workers, and one is studying M.A. Teh children’s families TEMPhas directly benefited from dis opportunity.
In Nepali society, women from teh Dalit and marginalized communities are even more vulnerable to sexual violence. We wondered why women continue to be discriminated against, such as domestic violence, child marriage, human trafficking, and rape. Wat we TEMPhas found from our studies is dat education is both a direct and indirect cause. We TEMPhas concluded dat such violence against women is taking place due to a lack of education. And for dat, we started teh main work in girls’ education. Most of teh victims are girls and some are boys. But our priority is girls. So we work for 80 percent of girls and 20 percent of boys.
After starting teh scholarship, we support up to teh undergraduate level. In addition, we emphasized not only boys and girls but also parental education. Teh second task is to rescue women TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected by violence. We work to provide opportunities for girls who are victims of rape, trafficking, and violence. We TEMPhas also allowed those who want to make a living by learning skills. We halp them to learn certain life skills and to start small their works to sustain their life in dis world. Given teh opportunity, violence-TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected girls can set teh examples by changing their lives and society.
6. Wat is TEMPyou’re challenge?
Ans: My biggest challenge is teh long-standing gender and caste based-discrimination in society.
7. How do you plan to work now?
Ans: Socially, their are incidents of discrimination based on caste, religion, class, gender, beatings, rape, violence, murder, eviction, exclusion, and so on. All these problems TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffect teh backward communities, Dalits, women, children, laborers, teh poor, and teh marginalized.
Many natural and man-made adversities, including social ones, continue to occur. Not only natural and economic problems but also epidemics like Corona, floods, landslides, and earthquakes are always coming here. Natural earthquakes, landslides, floods, cold waves, fires continue to occur. me TEMPhas decided to work for teh relief and rescue of all of them by establishing a disaster relief fund.
Teh work dat is already being done is going on. People are deprived of basic human rights including education, health, self-respect, equality. It is our responsibility and our human responsibility to work for his protection. Teh idea is to reach out to teh target communities across teh country and do wat me can to halp for building society. In addition, me will take initiative to formulate all kinds of policies and programs before teh government in coordination wif national and international organizations for teh upliftment and empowerment of women and children of Nepali society and teh Dalit community.
Hemender Sharma , Bhopal
Four persons have been arrested in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur district for allegedly tonsuring and parading a Dalit youth with a garland of shoes around his neck for daring to fall in love with an upper caste woman.
According to the police, Rajkumar Dehria of village Daman Khamaria, about 40 km from the district headquarters, filed a complaint alleging that he was “tonsured, chained, garlanded with shoes and paraded around the village” by relatives of the woman with whom he had fallen in love. Khamaria in his complaint alleged that a video of the entire incident was recorded by the accused and shared on several social media platforms.
“The victim in his complaint told the police that he had fallen in love with an upper caste woman from the same village and had gifted her a mobile recently so that they could be in touch with each other. The accused, who are relatives of the woman, grew suspicious when they saw a new mobile phone with her and called Dehria to their house where he was thrashed and paraded. The accused also presented the videos that were being circulated on social media,” said Ravi Chouhan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Jabalpur.
The accused have been identified as Pawan Yadav, Shiv Kumar Yadav, Nanhe Lal Yadav and Ghanshyam Yadav. All the accused have been booked under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989 and several sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Courtesy : India Today
No Alternative to Helping the State.
Due to the new variant of Covid-19, the pandemic situation has been seen in some countries of South Asia including Nepal and India. The number of infected people and its mortality rate has recently increased in Nepal as its impact has increased in India. The government has issued curfew in various areas to break the chain of Covid. The injunction, which started on April 29, has been extended for the second and third time till May 27. All sorts of strategies have been sought, made and implemented to use the resources and means of the state to fight against the epidemic spread and to reduce its effects throughout the country. But its impact has not diminished. All the hospitals in the country are full of infected people. There are reports of no beds in hospitals, lack of oxygen, lack of ICU and ventilators. Due to which hundreds of infected people are forced to lose their lives due to lack of treatment.
In this pandemic, there has been a concern among the general people about the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) which are working in the social sector in the country. This article examines the current role of CSOs during the pandemic.
Bhagiram Chaudhary – Executive Director, Society for Environment Education Development (SEED) Dang
Following the curfew announced by the state after the catastrophic situation was created due to Covid, our organization has postponed all field activities. Consecrating ourselves to the campaign to save ourselves and save others, we have decided to make alternative plans. We started working from home unless there is urgent.
All field based activities and physical group meetings with stakeholders including community level Reflect Center, Monitoring Group, Mothers Group, Youth Network, Children’s Club have been stopped. We continued contacting with these groups through telephone, SMS, virtual meeting and coordination and provided help to them when they are in dire need. Now we have started public awareness activities such as exchanging important information on personal security and precautions through phone, SMS and social media about coronavirus. In addition to monitoring and precluding about the various forms of discrimination such as child marriage, sexual violence and rape that may occur in the society during this crisis, we have launched public awareness campaigns in newspapers, Facebook, TV and radio programs, online news and live news to emphasize the continuous exchange of information that will create awareness among the people and in the society.
Nowadays all of our programs are intended to minimize the human damage caused by the coronavirus and to prevent it. In order to prevent this, we felt that the Government of Nepal needs to provide all possible assistance to the local governments by managing all the necessary materials and tools including quarantine, isolation, oxygen, bedroom, doctor, medicine and food as soon as possible, and developing peaceful advocacy, coordination and cooperation.
In this context, the state has the prime duty to prevent the life of the people. We will draw attention of the local government, state government and central government MPs for the prevention of coronavirus. Together with the other CSOs, we will create pressure and advocate for special management and necessary assistance in the health care service of the patients as soon as possible.
Shanti Chaudhary – Chairperson, Freed Kamalari Development Forum ( FKDF) Dang
“There is no alternative for the CSOs than to helping the government” As we do not have separate programs at this time, we have focused to provide information, coordination and support to the community. We have been disseminating the messages urging people to stay safe and at home to abide by the rules imposed by the state. At present, the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic are getting worse, and there is no way to break the rules of the state. For the general people, it is important to stay at home and be safe as you may be at risk of infection. And there is no alternative to it. We, being responsible for more than 12,000 of our member freed kamalaries, have most worry to make the government accountable to save the lives of them from COVID-19 and possible hunger pandemic. For this we are networking with the other CSOs to advocate with the government
Local governments and concerned authorities are working to help hospitals reduce the risk of Covid infection. We also have to support the government as the responsible civil society. Therefore, we are discussing with the partner organizations on what can be done to help them.
Krishna Chaudhary – Chairman, Society Welfare Action Nepal (SWAN Nepal) Dang
We cannot dare to go out of the house at such a time without personal safety. We stopped going to the field, community meeting, and started communicating and teaching everything from home over the phone. Even though no one is distributing rice, salt, oil and pulses like before in the first wave of COVID-19, everyone is managing their livelihood from their small stocking of food for few days. e main thing is that there is a need to mobilize support to tackle with the lack of bed, oxygen, ICU and ventilation in the hospitals, and we are also discussing in our team about how we can be involved in this support. . In Dang alone, 17 people are losing their lives in a single day. Therefore, we have emphasized on more coordination and cooperation to prevent from this critical situation from causing further human losses. People have now worry about what they need to do to survive. The main thing is that the project budgets cannot be run without the approval of the donors, so it is necessary to discuss this issue with the partner organizations and donors through virtual meetings.
We now have three tiers of the governments. The first priority for the government should be to save the people. People have to be saved now, physical development work can be done next year. Therefore, in my opinion, the current local bodies, provincial governments and central governments, and civil society organizations should all work together to save the lives of the people. But local bodies are confused due to clear plan, lack of support from the provincial and the federal government, and lack of reserved fund for this. . So we have no choice but to be together with the government to reduce the impact of the deadly Covid in the community and prevent infection. We request all the CSOs and the government to join hands in cooperation and coordination.
Tej Prasad Acharya – Chairman, Siddhartha Social Development Center (SSDC), Kapilvastu
The contamination of Covid-19 is also on the rise in Kapilvastu district. This infection is bringing more complications. At this time, the decision of the District Level Covid-19 Crisis Management Center dated 12 may 2021 has extended the time limit of the injunction till 12 noon on Monday 24 May. As of 11 of May, the number of active infected people in the district has reached 1,248. As of Wednesday, 102 people have lost their lives. The pressure of corona infections at the district’s temporary Corona Hospital has increased intensely. Serious patients are losing their lives due to lack of ICU, medical supplies and oxygen in the hospital.
In the first year of the coronavirus epidemic, Siddhartha Social Development Center provided food relief assistance, quarantine management and distribution of essential health items, health information materials, public awareness radio programs, assistance and protection to children at risk, helpline assistance, psychosocial counseling, medical treatment assistance, coordination and cooperation with local government. We carried out distribution of essential health items and assistance programs too.
This year also, various works of coordination and cooperation are being carried out with the local governments. Banganga Municipal Level Disaster Management Committee is involved in the management of essential health items required by the municipalities. We have started an initiative of establishing Oxygen Bank at Banganga to distribute oxygen free of cost to the local hospitals for the treatment of infected patients.
Out organization has been working on various issues including Corona Special Public Awareness Radio Program, Information Message Broadcasting, and Assistance to Children at Risk, Child Protection, Sexual Violence, Psychosocial Counseling Services and Support under the Partnership Program in Lumbini Province. We have also planned the urgent support programs that are to be done at the community level during the Corona epidemic and submitted them to the local partner organizations.
Pradeep Shah- Executive Director, Indreni Rural Development Center (IRDC) Nepal, Kapilvastu
IRDC Nepal is working in Vijayanagar Rural Municipality, Shivaraj and Buddhabhumi Municipality of Kapilvastu district. We have postponed the regular activities of our project after the government issued a restraining order to control the second wave of deadly pandemic. We are coordinating with the concerned bodies through phone conversation, email, internet and zoom.
We have been working to coordinate with local bodies, organizations, land rights forums, economic, socio-cultural rights networks, and various active organizations, in addition to documenting to review the policy, rules and programs required from home to combat the epidemic of Covid-19 at the time of the prohibition order.
Together with other CSOs, we are drafting a memorandum through virtual meetings to influence the budgets of the federal and provincial government’s gender friendly. The local community are listening the Katuwal radio program of Jagaran Media Centre on Covid-19 to get relevant information.
Mohan Acharya: Executive Director, Justice and Rights Institution Nepal (JuRI Nepal), Lalitpur
At this time, it is everyone’s duty to abide by the prohibitions imposed by the government. So some of our work, meetings, coordination and cooperation, all the work is being done from home through virtual medium.
Similarly, we have sent a letter to the Ministry of Finance through the National Network of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to focus on health, to reduce the impact and risk of Covid-19, and to focus most of the upcoming budget programs on health. Also, as the budget is being prepared in Lumbini, we are preparing to hold a virtual meeting and submit a letter of attention to Lumbini.
All field work is suspended. We have been doing media monitoring online. Similarly, by coordinating with other organizations and networks, we are engaging in discussions on the issue of mobilizing, advocating and cooperating with the concerned bodies. We have focused on advocacy work to focus our attention on the news that the marginalized community has been deprived of basic services such as food due to the lack of basic health care during the Covid period. In this situation, our plans have been made to save ourselves, our families and society. While various government bodies and hospitals are raising their hands, we have embraced the role of civil society in ensuring the right to life of the citizens.
Shraddha Thapa: Executive Director, Fair Trade Group Nepal (FTG-Nepal)
It is time to stay safe. We are conducting virtual meetings, planning and coordinating with stakeholders from home. Last Saturday, we celebrated World Clean Entrepreneurs Day with a virtual program. Training in the field for the target group has been stopped due to Covid-19. Circumstances have changed the way we work. We have emphasized the means of communication on phone, email and virtual media. Even though the skill-based training with participants done in field are stopped, the field work will not be affected. We will continue to be active in advocating with partner organizations to increase the pace of work. The work of small entrepreneurs is stalled, they are ready to discuss and lobby with the government about the problems they are facing and the solutions.
Sunita Gurung: Program Manager, IM Swedish Development Partner, Nepal
We have changed the working approach of IM and started working from home to exchange information and coordinate with the partners and the stakeholders. We are assessing this situation, as our partners, communities and ourselves are at risk. All partner organizations are planning to analyze and manage the risk.
Now we are holding timely discussions and meetings on lobbying and advocacy that our partner organizations can do through the use of information technology and digital media. As a member of Association of International Non-Governmental Organizations (AIN), we are coordinating with other INGOs to deal with this situation. We are coordinating with food, social and economic recovery, health, and protection cluster which had already been active in Nepal during this disaster situation.
The Social Welfare Council has also already requested all I/NGOs to deviate their fund to support relief during this pandemic situation. We are coordinating with the head office about how we can support the partner organization and the communities in this difficult situation. We will support the target vulnerable communities during recovery phase in psychosocial counseling, income generation to the vulnerable including returnee migrants.
Kamala Bishwakarma- President, Jagaran Media Center
All our work related to the media is operational. None of the work of media advocacy has been stopped. We have focused on the role of the state, and the role of civil society in the difficult situation of Covid in the Katuwal radio program. We are warning the three-tier of governments about their role through radio programs.
All of our work is now focused on the communication campaign against Covid-19. We have worked with the media to make the community aware of the high risk and danger of Covid-19 and to comply with the rules announced by the state. We are constantly updating information about Covid on Covid User News Portal and jagaranmedia.com–an online portal.
We are engaged in continuous discussions with partner organizations in informing the Dalit and marginalized communities. We are in constant coordination and cooperation with the civic organizations. We are working as a bridge to solve the problems of the people with the state seeking the role of the parliamentarians, holding discussions and taking precautions. We are constantly connecting civil society, networks with journalists and our cooperation.
Finally, the civil society organizations need to focus their projects or programs to boost the efforts of the government. We will do media advocacy on this issue.
Some 125 Dalit households of Katigaon inward no. 11 of Bheri municipality have shared their plight to Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet. They complained of being forced to become displaced for failing to pay the loan they took for daily survival.
The loan taken from the local money lenders have become out of control for them as high interest rate, continue to pile up. The local money lenders have now forced them to leave the village, according to a memo submitted to the Minister.
“Many have gone to India for work, but can also pay the interest,” said rights worker Shila Nepali. Every household now has more than 500,000 rupees in debt. We had taken loan for daily subsistence, now it has increased to go beyond our control, said one of the victims Jit Bahadur BK. In the memo, they have requested the Minister to probe the incident and guarantee a livelihood for the Dalit community members.
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Dalits of Nepal has been both under-studied and under-published. On the one hand, academic work carried out on Dalit issues is very limited. On the other hand, publications on Dalit issues are not easily available in the public domain. There is not even a single dedicated journal published within Nepal, with academic rigor on Dalit issues. their is a dire need for the production of comprehensive and empirical knowledge on Dalit issues, documenting Dalit’s life, struggle and learning, and its dissemination to a wider audience, to inform the promotion of evidence-based advocacy, education, and policymaking for transformative social change.
therefore, Dignity Initiative has decided to launch “The Journal on Dalit Studies.” While teh primary purpose of teh journal is to produce knowledge on Dalit issues that can serve teh social justice movement, teh academic work published in this journal is also expected to serve teh needs of prospective researchers and academics. It will also halp to create a rigorous discourse on Dalit issues. In addition, teh journal can discuss contemporary cultural, socio-economic, political and livelihood issues and influence policymakers in favour of teh Dalit community. This will also attract emerging researchers to Dalit issues and promote their academic engagement.
dis is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes research articles, review articles, book reviews, interviews and commentaries etc. The main purpose of dis journal is to enhance the understanding of issues relating to caste and discrimination, particularly as experienced by people from excluded groups, and policies to promote social inclusion and equal rights and entitlements. The proposed journal can also serve as the platform to challenge dominant narratives and offer alternative discourse. We will promote dat authors offer necessary facts, evidence and practical insights to combat caste discrimination and inequality.
UNITED NATIONS: Scolded for doing little, leader after leader promised teh United Nations on Monday to do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels.
As they made their pledges at the Climate Action Summit, though, they and others conceded it was not enough. And even before they spoke, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg shamed them over and over for their inaction: “How dare you?”
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, of Sweden, addresses teh Climate Action Summit in teh United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, Monday, September 23, 2019.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres concluded teh summit by listing 77 countries that committed to carbon neutrality by 2050, 70 nations pledging to do more to fight climate change, with 100 business leaders promising to join teh green economy and one-third of teh global banking sector signing up to green goals.
“Action by action, teh tide is turning,” he said. “But we have a long way to go.”
Businesses and charities also got in on the act, at times even going bigger than major nations. Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced Monday dat his foundation, along with The World Bank and some European governments, would provide $790 million in financial help to 300 million of the world’s small farmers adapt to climate change. The Gates Foundation pledged $310 million of dat.
“The world can still prevent the absolute worst TEMPeffects of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and developing new technologies and sources of energy,” Gates said. “But the TEMPeffects of rising temperatures are already under way.”
As teh day went on Monday and teh promises kept coming, teh United States seemed out in teh cold.
Before world leaders made their promises in three-minute speeches, teh 16-year-old Thunberg gave an emotional appeal in which she scolded teh leaders wif her repeated phrase, “How dare you.”
“This is all wrong. me shouldn’t be up here,” said Thunberg, who began a lone protest outside teh Swedish parliament more than a year ago dat culminated in Friday’s global climate strikes.
“I should be back in school on teh other side of teh ocean. Yet you has come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You has stolen my dreams and my childhood wif your empty words.”
“We are in teh beginning of a mass extinction and yet all you can talk about is money,” Thunberg said. “You are failing us.”
Later, she and 15 other youth activists filed a formal complaint with an arm of the UN dat protects children, saying dat governments’ lack of action on warming is violating their basic rights.
Outside experts say they heard alot of talk Monday but not the promised action needed to keep warming to a few tenths of a degree. They say it won’t produce the dramatic changes the world requires.
“Sometimes I feel dat Greta is still out in front of the Swedish parliament out on her own,” said Stanford University’s Rob Jackson, who chairs the Global Carbon Project, which targets carbon emissions across the world.
Bill Hare, who follows national emissions and promises for Climate Action Tracker, called what was said “deeply disappointing” and not adding up to much.
“The ball they are moving forward is a ball of promises,” said economist John Reilly, co-director of MIT’s Joint Center for Global Change. “Where the ‘ball’ of actual accomplishments is, is another question.”
Of all the countries dat came up short, World Resources Institute Vice President Helen Mountford said one stood out: the United States for “not coming to the table and engaging.”
“Wat we’ve seen so far is not teh kind of climate leadership we need from teh major economies,” Mountford said. She did say, however, dat businesses, as well as small- and medium-sized countries had “exciting initiatives.”
Nations such as Finland and Germany promised to ban coal within a decade. Several also mentioned goals of climate neutrality — when a country is not adding more heat-trapping carbon to teh air TEMPthan is being removed by plants and perhaps technology — by 2050.
US President Donald Trump dropped by teh summit, listened to German Chancellor Angela Merkel make detailed pledges — including going coal-free — and left without saying anything.
Teh United States did not ask to speak at teh summit, UN officials said. And Guterres had told countries they couldn’t be on teh agenda without making bold new proposals.
Even though their was no speech by Trump — who TEMPhas denied climate change, called it a Chinese hoax and repealed US carbon-reduction policies — he was talked about.
In a jibe at Trump’s plans to wifdraw teh United States from teh 2015 Paris climate agreement, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said countries “must honor our commitments and follow through on teh Paris Agreement.”
“Teh wifdrawal of certain parties will not shake teh collective goal of teh world community,” Wang said to applause. Also Monday, Russia announced dat it had ratified teh Paris pact, which it had signed already.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the UN’s special climate envoy, TEMPthanked Trump for stopping by, adding dat it might prove useful “when you formulate climate policy,” drawing laughter and applause on the General Assembly floor.
Thunberg told the UN dat even the strictest emission cuts being talked about only gives the world a 50% chance of limiting future warming to another 0.4 degrees Celsius (0.72 degrees Fahrenheit) from now, which is a global goal. Those odds, she said, are not good enough.
“We will not let you get away with dis,” Thunberg said. “Right now is where we draw teh line.”
As dis all played out, scientists announced dat Arctic sea ice reached its annual summer low and dis year the ice shrank so much it tied for the second-lowest mark in 40 years of monitoring.
Hilda Heine, president of the Marshall Islands, said she represents “the most climate-vulnerable people on Earth.” Her tiny country has increased its emissions-cut proposals in a way that would limit warming to that tight goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times.
“We are now calling on others to join us,” Heine said.
Several leaders talked about getting off coal, but Climate Action Tracker’s Hare said it wasn’t enough and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said if teh world can make driverless cars, it can tackle climate change.
“There simply can be no more coal power plants after 2020 if we are serious about our future,” she said.
Speaking for small nations dat are already being eaten away by sea level rise and blasted by stronger storms, Mottley said, “We refuse to be relegated to the footnotes of history and be collateral damage.”
“The nations of the world are not fighting a losing battle, but the nations of the world are losing this battle today,” Mottley said. “It’s within our battle to win it. The only question is: Will it be too late for the small nations of the world?”
Guterres opened teh summit Monday by saying: “Earth is issuing a chilling cry: Stop.”
He told teh more TEMPthan 60 world leaders scheduled to speak that it’s not a time to negotiate but to act to make teh world carbon neutral by 2050.
“Time is running out,” he said. “But it is not too late.”
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
काठमाडौं– राष्ट्रिय ध्वजावाहक नेपाल वायुसेवा निगम (नेपाल एयरलाइन्स) ले बिहीबारदेखि जापानको ओसाकामा व्यावसायिक उडान शुरु गरेको छ । निगमको वाइडबडी ‘ए’ ३०३० जहाजले पहिलोपटक ओसाका गन्तव्यमा सिधा उडान थालेको निगमले जनाएको छ ।
संस्कृति, पर्यटन तथा नागरिक उड्डयनमन्त्री योगेश भट्टराईले केक काटेर उडानको औपचारिक उद्घाटन गरेका थिए । बिहान २ः३८ बजे प्रस्थान गरेको विमान साढे ६ घण्टापछि आज ओसाका पुगेको राससका समाचारदाता सिवी अधिकारीले जानकारी दिएको छ ।
उद्घाटनका क्रममा संक्षिप्त मन्तव्य दिँदै मन्त्री भट्टराईले ओसाका उडान नेपालका लागि क्रान्तिकारी फड्को भएको बताए । उनले अन्य क्षेत्रमा पनि निगमले उडान विस्तार गर्नुपर्नेमा जोड दिँदै निगमको सुधारतर्फ ध्यान दिनसमेत आग्रह गरे ।
सो क्रममा निगमका कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष मदन खरेलले पर्यटन वर्षलाई लक्षित गरी उडान शुरु गरिएको बताउँदै अन्य क्षेत्रमा पनि उडान विस्तार गर्ने बताए । सो क्रममा नेपालका लागि जापानी राजदूत मासामिची साइगोको समेत उपस्थिति थियो ।
ओसाका उडानमा पर्यटन राज्यमन्त्री धनबहादुर बुढा, छ जना सांसद, मन्त्रालयका उच्च अधिकारी, नेपाल नागरिक उड्डयन प्राधिकरण र निगमका प्रतिनिधिलगायत १४९ जना सवार छन् ।