Nepal | May 27, 2020

Youth and climate change


Dharmendra Kalauni
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Climate change is a topic of global interest and has now become a serious issue for many vulnerable countries like Nepal. It needs to be addressed along with the sustainable agendas. With modernization, lifestyle is changing and even becoming complex in terms of the technology we adopt. In this context it is advisable that the youth must take that action because they are professionals of coming years and are potently engaged in the major task concerning climate change and other environmental issues.

Additionally, youths tend to adopt luxurious lifestyle which is based on the demand of those things that use the non-renewable fuels and emit harmful emissions and degrade the quality of environment. We are losing our climate and environment as people, after the Industrial Revolution began, were urbanized haphazardly with irresponsible cultural practices.

Increasing population demands increasing supply of goods. Due to this, many destructive activities are taking place such as the use of high dose of chemical fertilizer, deforestation for housing and industries draining chemical wastes to rivers, toxic gasses released from vehicles, dependency on fossil fuel and many more. Youths need to be motivated to achieve quicker and efficient results. There is a saying that all must “think globally, and act locally”. So, first educating the youth about the climate change issues and taking necessary steps towards climate-friendly practices should be a priority. Developing leadership capacity in the rural youth and supporting them in the establishment of the organization will additionally add to their action against various emerging global challenges.

In this technocratic world, the media plays a greater role in communication among communities. From athletic, entrepreneurs, innovators, businessmen to the various kinds of celebrity we can see youth on our screens. Increased participation of those people in issues related to climate change and adaptation policies and skills will help maintain local environment and encourage communities to adopt new methods to deal with the climate change that is visible in our locality. We can, for example, engage those personalities and communities to plant trees in a barren public land and in preserving the community forestry, which will help conserve water resources, biodiversity and also provide employment opportunity to local people who rely on forest products.

A version of this article appears in print on April 26, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

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