Ullens students' initiative on globalizing the Greta movement for climate action
Ullens Students from Grade VIII and IX started strong advocacy in solidarity with Greta Movement for Climate Action on Friday morning. Schools across the globe were on strike on Friday, 15th March for the sustainable future of the earth. The rally by 120 students was taken out from Ekantakuna, traversing through Jawalakhel, UN House-Hariharbhawan, Lalitpur Municipality and concluded at Ekantakuna itself. The students demonstrated beside the Jawalakhel roundabout carrying placards, chanting slogans against climate change and reciting poems on the relevant topic. The demonstration was staged with the objective of mounting pressure on the concerned government bodies and other relevant non-government bodies and further globalizing the Greta movement for Climate Action.
When asked about the rally, the students said the idea behind taking this initiative emerged when a documentary on Greta Thunberg and her campaign was screened at the School, as part of their curriculum that is connected with global issues, and that the teachers and the school helped them move forward with this initiative.
They further said that as human beings, it is our responsibility to take care and maintain our home’s condition. Upcoming generations of human beings are having their future compromised due to the negligence of past and present leaders. They added the consequences of this negligence will be irreversible given we do not act now. The threat of climate change is a global crisis and needs to be treated like one.
They proposed the solutions to implement existing policies and Acts, view its effectiveness and proceed to amend the flaws accordingly. The following measures were their recommendation for mitigating climate change in the context of the nation:
- Remove all worn-out vehicles producing harmful gases.
- Stop the use of machines emitting harmful gases.
- Formulate and implement policies to minimize the emitting of greenhouse gases.
- Introduce effective policies for proper population distribution so that natural resources are not exploited.
- Protecting and restoring key ecosystems and maintaining its conditions to preserve biodiversity within Nepal.
- Carrying out infrastructural projects with a clear vision and not destroying or recreating time and again.
They demanded immediate actions from the Nepal government to take responsible climate action and save our home.
Greta Thunberg is the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl, who has inspired an international movement to fight climate change. She has been nominated as a candidate to receive this year's Nobel Peace Prize.