Jeeban Panthi attended South Asia Sub Regional Cooperation Meeting and Research Proposal Development Training Workshop 2012

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Mr. Jeeban Panthi, Program Development and Research Officer, along with Dr. Madan Lall Shrestha, Advisor of SEN, participated in the South Asia Sub Regional Cooperation Meeting and Research Proposal Development Training Workshop from 16 to 19 January in Bhutan organized by Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) and  the Government of Bhutan. Mr. Panthi was selected as trainee for the training as one of the young scientists representing Nepal. He, along with his collaborators from Pakistan and Bangladesh, developed a research proposal regarding climate change and water in South Asia, lots of suggestions and feedback have been collected from mentors and experts in the draft concept developed during the training program.

Environmental Awareness Program

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The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) organized an awareness program on Solid Waste Management, Climate Change and Global Warming for school’s student during their visit at SEN, on 16 January 2012. The Program was organized as a part of three days long program entitled “Solid Waste and Environment” organized by Young Man Christians Association (YMCA) with the support of Nepal YMCA. Nineteen students from Sampurna School had participated in the program.

During the program, Ms. Soni Aryal, Program Officer from The Small Earth Nepal introduced SEN and its activities. Similarly, Ms. Suchita Shrestha, Project officer, SEN gave the presentation on climate change, its issues and aspects in the environmental program. Ms. Nisha Amatya, Program Officer, SEN gave her presentation on “Solid Waste and Management Practices”. Some useful and creative products made from simple household wastes were also demonstrated on the program. During the program three documentaries related to issues of climate change in Nepal were shown. Mr. Samarpan Acharya, Chairman of Student YMCA gave the introduction of student of YMCA. At the end of the program the participants agreed to continue the similar activities in future as well.

Best from Waste: Childrens` Move for Climate Action on Global Day of Climate Action-2011 3 December 2011

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This year on the Global Day of Action (3 December 2011), The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) and Climate Change Learning Center (CCLC), Siddhartha Vanasthali Institute, with the support of The British Council Nepal and Solid Waste Management and Technical Support Centre, Ministry of Local Development jointly organized an awareness program “Best from Waste: Children Move for Climate Action”, a competition and exhibition of materials prepared from waste by students of the Kathmandu Valley.

The objective of the program is to sensitize the students and public on efficient waste disposal methods and encouraging recycle and reuse of waste. On the day, a day long exhibition of materials, prepared by students from waste, will be organized on public place.

The Global Day of Action on climate has occurred every year since 2005 at the time of the annual United Nations Talks on climate change (the COP or “Conference of Parties” to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or UNFCCC). People from all around the globe come together on the same day to demand urgent action on climate, and climate justice, from the governments of the world meeting at the annual climate talks. Global Day of Action rallies were first conducted on 3 December 2005 to coincide with the UNFCCC’s First Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, or MOP 1, in Montreal, Canada. The sixth Global Day of Action took place on 4 December 2010 with actions and events all around the world in at least 50 countries.

The program “Best from Waste: Children Move for Climate Action” will provide a challenging platform for the students to exhibit their talent and innovative ideas to make their own articles from waste. Therefore, a competition and demonstration is one of the options to motivate the students and public for the reuse of waste materials.

Monks` Meet on Climate Change 25 November 2011 Namo Buddha, Kavre, Nepal

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The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) in collaboration with Thrangu Environmental Club and Thrangu Tashi Yangste Monastery, with the support from Korea Green Foundation organized “Monk’s Meet on Climate Change” on 25 November 2011 at Namo Buddha, Kavre. Monks from different monasteries within country are expected to participate in the program.

Monk’s Meet on Climate Change is the part of the ongoing project “Communicating Climate Change: We can address it, solution within us”. The objective of the project is creating the long term mass awareness on climate change with the base of Namo Buddha Monastery.

The meet is focused on the monks whose lifestyles is considered to be simple and non-violence to nature. However, facts show that monks have comparatively higher carbon footprints than an average Nepalese. In this context, the conference aims to bridge the knowledge between monks and civilians about the climate change, to identify the ways to reduce their carbon footprint, and motivate them to live carbon neutral life to contribute for climate change mitigation from local scale.

SEN conducted a workshop among monks on Climate Change and Sustainable Lifestyles in 2008. SEN has already completed a project “Mission Carbon Neutral Nepal: A Pilot Project on Namo Buddha Monastery”. It is a research based project to develop the carbon neutral monastery through the process of motivational awareness to address the issue of climate change. Its objective was to aware monks and visitors to adopt climate friendly lifestyles. Briquette training has already been organized for monks of the Thrangu Tashi Yangste Monastery. The briquettes are being used for cooking and other purposes.