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Climate change discourse and 16th World Social Forum: Concerted efforts must


The 16th World Social Forum, held for the first time in Nepal, served as a poignant platform for addressing pressing global issues, with a particular focus on the concerns of youth. At the forefront of these discussions was the Youth Initiative, a pioneering youth-led organization established in 1999, dedicated to empowering young people and tackling critical societal challenges head-on.

Amidst the diverse array of sessions, one that resonated deeply was the Climate Change Awareness Session, a collaborative effort between Youth Initiative and various NGOs. The session featured speakers from the USA, Morocco, Italy, and Nepal, each shedding light on different facets of the climate crisis and advocating for urgent action.

With fervor and conviction, Quincy Saul from the USA delved into the environmental impact of military activities, emphasizing the critical need for collaborative efforts to minimize carbon emissions. His impassioned plea resonated deeply, highlighting the interconnectedness of nations in tackling this pressing issue. By elucidating the far-reaching consequences of unchecked carbon emissions, Saul underscored the urgency for global cooperation in confronting the challenges posed by climate change. His impassioned call to action served as a strong reminder of the collective responsibility we all share in safeguarding the health of our planet for posterity.

Similarly, Limam Boussif from Morocco emphasized on the importance of waste management in mitigating the effects of climate change. Through engaging narratives and tangible examples, he highlighted the important impact of community-driven initiatives in promoting cleaner and more sustainable environments. His insightful discourse illuminated the transformative potential inherent in local efforts, advocating for collective action to address environmental challenges effectively. By highlighting the critical role of waste management practices, Limam Boussif underscored the imperative for coordinated action at both the local and global levels to mitigate climate change and preserve the integrity of our planet for future descendants.

Turning our attention to mountainous areas, Sara Manuelli from Italy passionately conveyed concerns about the increasing effects of climate change on these fragile ecosystems. Urgently, she highlighted the looming dangers of melting snow and rising temperatures, emphasizing the critical need for coordinated global action to prevent impending disasters. Her impassioned plea resonated with urgency, urging collective efforts to address the challenges posed by climate change in these vulnerable regions. By emphasizing the imminent threats and the necessity for immediate action, Sara Manuelli underscored the importance of prioritizing the preservation of mountainous landscapes for the well-being of both nature and humanity.

Bringing the focus closer to home, Saru Pyakurel from Nepal compassionately addressed the challenges faced by farmers in coping with the adverse impacts of climate change on agricultural practices. From shortages in water supply to declining crop yields and the encroachment on arable land, the hardships endured by farmers underscored the pressing demand for sustainable solutions. Her deep reflection shed light on the urgent necessity to address these issues, emphasizing the importance of implementing practices that promote resilience and sustainability within agricultural communities. By recognizing the plight of farmers, Saru Pyakurel advocated for concerted efforts to safeguard livelihoods and ensure food security amidst the changing climate.

During the session, powerful artistic expressions added depth to the discussion on the severity of the climate crisis. A flash mob organized by the Smart Club vividly portrayed the harsh realities of climate change, capturing the attention of attendees. Additionally, I recited poetry, delivering a heartfelt plea for the preservation and conservation of our invaluable green forests. These artistic interventions served to underscore the urgency of the situation, compelling participants to reflect on the importance of collective action in safeguarding our environment for forthcoming days.

In a crucial gesture, the Youth Initiative presented a 9 points Statement Paper on Climate Change: Manifesto on Climate Justice and Collective Responsibility. This manifesto, grounded in principles of equity and solidarity, calls for inclusive policies and collaborative action to address the climate crisis.

As we reflect on the insights shared at the 16th World Social Forum, it becomes abundantly clear that the climate crisis demands immediate and collective action. The impassioned voices of youth, coupled with the collaborative efforts of NGOs and international stakeholders, serve as beacons of hope in our collective fight against climate change. It is imperative that we heed these calls and work together to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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