ENVIRONMENT

Climate Change
Wildlife Campaign
Environmental Justice
Eco-village development
Craft village development

Climate Change
Climate Education
TNW runs educational and awareness activities on climate change through interaction based talk shows, street theatre, workshop, summit, documentary film shows etc.

Climate Leadership
TNW empowers the youth for Climate Leadership through training or short courses.

Climate risks free village
TNW aims to carry out activities to save the vulnerable communities from climate disasters. In this regard, we enable the people to deal with climate related problems or disasters before the climate catastrophes strike through adaptation.

Carbon neutral
TNW carries out campaigns for reducing the carbon foot print and minimizing the adverse impacts of environmental consequences on people. (Kathmandu Cycle City 2020)

Wildlife
TNW runs a campaign for wildlife conservation through education, advocacy and empowerment for the indigenous communities who are found to be involved or being used in poaching.

Environmental Justice
TNW is the first organization of youths advocating for environmental justice in Nepal.

"The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” Fair treatment means that no group of people including a racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic group should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences.

The Environmental justice is expected to seek equal protection from environmental and public health hazards for all people regardless of race, religion, income, culture and social class.

TNW is struggling with two kinds of lobbying activities for environmental justice:

a) Direct Lobbying: TNW is attempting to influence any legislation through communication with any member or employee of a legislative body, or with any government official or employee who may participate in the formulation of the legislation.

b) Grassroots Lobbying: TNW is also attempting to influence any legislation through an attempt to affect the opinions of the general public or any segment thereof.

Justice for Climate victims
Climate is going against the humanity nowadays. The long winter drought has made the people to pray the god for rain. The farmers could not plant rice due to late and dry monsoon. The farmers are requesting the government to provide them with alternative ways to deal with the drought related problems. But the government is not listening to them. Do the farmers not deserve rights to protection from the climate related disasters? They do deserve most.

Likewise, the extreme weather events led to heavy floods and landslides in some parts of the country. In the history of the nation, 23 people died of floods and landslides due to heavy rainfall in 24 hours. Some are physically injured and have also lost family members. Such people are being deprived of medical treatment due to the lack of money. The government has also not paid attention to such victims. We are advocating for their rights to have health services and secure livelihood from the government.

Do not such climate victims deserve right to protection and treatment from the government? They do deserve most.

"Justice for Wildlife Victims"
One of the principles of environmental justice is to protect the right of victims of environmental injustice to receive full compensation and reparations for damages.

TNW Nepal has launched a campaign" Justice for Wildlife Victims". In this regard, TNW is struggling to provide justice to the people victimized by wildlife attack. The lack of proper governmental attention and adequate compensation to those victims has further encouraged the people to kill the wildlife. The government has allocated a very little amount of fund for such purpose but the victims are found to have got too much trouble while getting the compensation. Many people have lost life, many children have become orphans, many women have become widows, some people have been physically handicapped, peoples' shelter and agricultural crops have been damaged due to wildlife attack but the people are deprived of getting compensation.

Request:
TNW is the first organization of youths working on environmental justice. Despite the lack of resources, TNW has been able to advocate on this issue with the voluntary contribution of university students. We would like to request to organizations working on it to extend support for this initiative of Nepalese youth.

Eco-village development
TNW has a campaign of making Dolakha district as the first eco-district of Nepal till 2015.In the beginning,TNW aims to develop an eco-village or environmentally sustainable or developed village by carrying out following activities on:d

  • Clean energy
  • Organic farming/sustainable agriculture
  • Waste management and organic manure production
  • Climate Education and Capacity building
  • Clean Water
  • Better sanitation
  • Forest conservation
  • Eco-tourism
  • Pre-climate disaster management
  • Green cooperative
  • Green Insurance
  • Green economy

Note: After the successful execution of this program,TNW will expand the same program to other areas of the same district.

This is the village which is going to the first eco-village or climate risks-free village of Dolakha district with the initiative of TNW.



About the village:

The project area: Rikhu village

Rikhu village is the most remote and backward village of Gaurishankar VDC ward no:3 of Dolakha district. There is no easily accessible road to reach this village from the nearby villages. That’s why it is considered a highly remote village. This village has only 12 households. The main source of livelihood is agriculture. The agricultural production is not enough for the villagers to survive and fulfill the basic needs of the people. They are also having a hard time with agricultural production due to a lack of irrigation facilities. Therefore, the villagers make local wine with raw materials like damaged beaten rice and rice and sell the wine to nearby village called Tashinaam. They have to walk for two days to collect the raw materials from another village called Singati. Tashinaam village is one of the camping sites for tourist visiting the Rolwaling valley.

The people of this village are so poor that they cannot afford their children’s education so the children of this village have generally been unable to continue their education after three classes. There is a primary school up to three grade but it has no teacher. A lady educated at the same school up to three grade working as a peon at the school has been teaching the students. There are no toilets in this small village as they cannot afford to build them. The people instead use the agricultural land for their toileting.

First initiative on clean energy
We have assisted this village to generate electricity through the Peltry Set System. This project was jointly funded by the Village Development Committee (Local Government Body) which granted NRs.50, 000, and TNW which generated remaining fund with the donation of TNW volunteers, members and well wishers. More than 80 people especially the school children of 12 households have benefited from this little initiative of TNW Nepal.

Second initiative on sustainable agriculture/organic farming
It is found that the villagers are using chemical fertilizers and pesticides to enhance agricultural production. TNW educated the villagers on organic farming and distributed the villagers the improved variety of seeds of vegetables, medicinal plants. Now, the people have started having further income with the sale of organic vegetables and medicinal herbs. This has enabled them to afford for the education of their children.

Request:
TNW has been carrying out this eco-village program only with the contribution of TNW's members, volunteers and well wishers. We would like to request interested people and organizations to extend support to carry out remaining activities.

Pyangaun Craft Village
TNW in coordination with Nepal Tourism Board is going to make Pyangaun village as the first craft village of Nepal. This program is going to be carried out to mark Nepal Tourism Year 2011.

In this regard, TNW conducted a feasibility study and made a report with the support of Nepal Tourism Board. During the study, TNW also organized a stakeholders meeting. All the stakeholders welcomed the initiative and pledged to extend the required assistance to transform the vision into reality.

Pyangaun, a village about 14 kilometer south of Kathmandu, has been proposed by TNW to Nepal Tourism Board to transform into a Craft Village to mark Nepal Tourism year 2011.The goal is to improve the economy of the people of Pyangau village through promotion of tourism based on conservation and preservation of the living culture and the unique art and craft, for which it so well known. Pyangaun is a living museum for the rich cultural heritage of medieval Nepal.

About the village
Pyangau is a beautiful village located in Chapagau VDC ward no:5 of Lalitpur district,14 km south of Kathmandu. There are 120 households and nearly 1250 people in the village. The main language of communication is Newari which is totally different than Newari language of other regions. Nearly 45 percentages of people are literate. The village has got countless unique characteristics. The cultural aspect of this village is also totally different than other villages. The cultural and traditional rituals being performed in the village during the birth, marriage and death are also unique in the village.The people of this village are named as Gaam or Gaamal or Gaamle.The people of this village are found to be involved in organizing theatre shows and performing a wide range of cultural dances called Jhaki.The festivals like (linga gaadne Jatra) held during Bhadra and Indra Jatra are the especial ones being widely celebrated in this village. The youths are mostly found to be busy in such festival which lasts for four days. But nowadays, youths are found to have forgotten their cultures and tradition under the influence of western cultures. Some youths of this village are found to have been involved in profession like statue making, thanka (artistic product) making.

Concept By
Karna Shakya
B K Dalit
Ballav Timalsina

Programme Coordinator
Ballav Timalsina

Partner Organizations & Well Wishers

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