Walking on black stone to draw attention to the effects of climate change

Nepal– In order to draw the world’s attention to the impact of climate change, women who have played a leading role in various fields are going to take a walk at the Everest Base Camp.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8, 27 distinguished women of various disciplines are going on a 12-day trek from Kathmandu to Kalapathar under the slogan ‘Women United for Climate Justice’. The main purpose of the walk, which is being organized by an organization called ‘Sathsatha’, is to expose the impact of climate change in the Himalayan region to the world and advocate for justice for the problems it has caused to women. It also aims to increase snow melting in the Himalayan region due to climate change, and to raise awareness among women about climate adaptation and climate change.

The group will hold a special program in Kalapathar to highlight the impact of climate change on women and draw attention to such issues nationally and internationally, said Prajita Karki, program coordinator of ‘Sathasatha’. “From there, we will carry the flag of leadership and join the campaign to spread awareness against all forms of discrimination and to promote a peaceful and prosperous society,” he said.

He said the aim of the campaign was to work with local women and send a message to the world by raising the voice of women affected by climate change from the heights of black stone. “No one can escape the burning issue of nature like climate change and if we don’t heed the warning in time, countries like Nepal will suffer the most,” said Karki. With the aim of encouraging others to promote domestic tourism in harmony with nature and exposing the effects of climate change, the organization has already completed similar trekking in the Mardi Himal area as well as Annapurna base camp. Twenty women leaders from different regions participated in the trekking campaign of Annapurna base camp.

Global greenhouse gas emissions have been linked to global warming and climate change. Although Nepal’s role in green gas emissions is negligible, it is on the list of countries most affected by the effects of rising temperatures and climate change. The aim of the Women’s Walking Campaign is to draw the world’s attention to this issue.

At the 26th International Conference on Climate Change held in Glasgow, Scotland from 31 October to 12 November, Nepal discussed important policy documents and action plans such as ‘National Adaptation Plan (2021-2050)’, ‘Nepal’s Long Strategy in Own Zero Emissions’ and ‘National Framework for Climate Damage’. Was presented.

The Government of Nepal took the conference as an important opportunity for international coordination and cooperation in tackling the challenges of climate change. A high level delegation led by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Minister for Forests and Environment Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav participated in the conference.
Nepal effectively drew the attention of the world community to the mountainous region, the impact of climate change on people’s livelihoods, the need to address losses and disadvantages through programs other than adaptation, and to effectively ensure a strong and sustainable financial system.

According to a recent study, snow storage in the mountains decreased by about 29 percent and the number of glaciers increased by 11 percent in the period up to 2010. Due to its isolated geographical location and ecological zones at different heights, natural resource-based livelihoods, poverty, marginalized communities and low capacity, Nepal seems to be one of the most endangered and risky countries in the world.

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