Green Discussion in 2013

Green Discussion is a part of annual campaigns led by NYCA. The name itself clarifies the concept of 'Green Discussion', as a platform where youths from diverse backgrounds belonging to different institutions gather together at a place for discussion over certain specified topics. It mainly leads to discussions over the ongoing environment-related issues and climate change. A resource person will be invited to speak on the topic, who then puts forward his/her experiences and knowledge presenting the concept and clarify about the unsolved doubts of participants leading the discussion.


  • To aware youths about climate change, climate-related laws, climate actions
  • To build youth capacity on knowledge, leadership, and raising voice against injustice
  • To work together with youths to solve environmental and sustainability problems
  • To build a network between youths and also environmentalists



Green Discussion; Let's talk about climate, lets see how climate change is affecting our Himalayas

Date: December 20

How much do you know about climate change science?
How much do you know about the science behind the headlines?
Do you know how the temperature is rising??

Then Join with us,

Stunning imagery, text, and interactive elements will invite you to investigate the challenges faced by our natural landscapes, ecosystems, and human communities in the face of climate change across several national boundaries. The exhibit will also provide a unique opportunity for students and teachers in Nepal to engage with and be inspired by science


Green Discussion on: Highlights from the recent submissions by Nepal, to the UNFCCC, on behalf of the Least Developed countries 

Date: Sep 20

The Least Developed Countries Group (LDC Group) appreciates the recent measures and practices, like deferral of some agenda items to future sessions and improved flow of information regarding the scheduling of informal consultations, which have been introduced in an effort to improve the overall functioning of the intergovernmental process of the UNFCCC. To some extent, these efforts helped in reducing the problems faced by small delegations of the LDC Group for effective participation. The LDC Group believes that these measures have led to improvements in the efficiency of the UNFCCC negotiation process. However, due to the complexity of the process and the intensity of the work foreseen for the ADP by 2015 and beyond, there are a number of areas that could be further improved.

Let’s Discuss with Michelle Slaney, Ph.D., International Climate Change Specialist, Practical Action


Green Discussion on "Air quality management and its Health Impacts"

Date: September 6

The mad rat race among nations all over the globe for development has jeopardized the human race. Rapid progress in industrialization and mechanization has resulted in unlimited exploitation of natural resources. Thus, air pollution is a gift of industrial civilization. Lack of development of a culture of air pollution control has resulted in serious air pollution problems in developing countries like Nepal. The World Health Organization (WHO) has found Kathmandu as one of the worst polluted or environmentally degraded cities, more or less comparable to Mexico and other industrialized cities in Asia such as Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, and Shanghai. The WHO reports the level of particulate matter (PM) 10 in the air of Kathmandu as 120 micrograms per square meter. According to WHO norms, the level of (PM) 10 should be 20 micrograms per square meter. According to Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), 30 percent of school children are suffering from respiratory health problems with sneezing and running nose even without suffering from cold and flu.


Join us this Friday, 6th September 2013 With FK Participants Mr. Suman Udas, who worked for Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Mr. Damodar Dhital, who worked for the Pollution Control Department (PCD) Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MONRE), Vietnam


Topic: Green discussion on Gender and Climate Change

Date: August 16

Climate change and gender is the interaction between the environmental phenomenon of climate change and the social category of gender. By altering the ecosystems of the planet, climate change, and global warming directly impact the human race. These effects vary for different segments of the population, specifically for people of different genders. In many cases, women are more vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change because of their lower social status. By further limiting constrained access to physical, social, political, and fiscal resources, climate change often burdens women more than men.

Let’s discuss

By: Meena Khanal, former Joint Secretary, Government of Nepal, Ministry of Science Technology and Environment


Green Discussion on “Eco-Tourism; Sustainable Tourism”

Date: August 2

Ecotourism is “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (Ties, 1990). It is generally believed that ecotourism is nature-based, sustainably managed, conservation-supporting, and environmentally educated. Ecotourism has become one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry, growing annually by 10-15 %worldwide. Responsible tourism is tourism ‘that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit. There are certain norms and guidelines to make the tourism industry eco-friendly, and responsible which ultimately focus on sustainable tourism.

Let’s discuss.

By: Mr. Raj Gyawali, Founder Director at Social Tours, Thamel, Kathmandu.


Green Discussion on "Waste is not a waste until it is wasted, so why not focus 5R Principle?"

Date: July 19

Solid waste management is one of the major problems in Kathmandu valley with piles of solid waste piled up on the roadside week by week with the possibility of spread of epidemic diseases affecting the health and economy of people. This problem can be attributed to a lack of sustainable and profitable management to turn trash into cash. “Waste is not a waste until it is wasted by us”. If the waste is managed at the community level and used as a resource, waste is easily manageable.

Let’s discuss.

Green Discussion on "Corporate Social Responsibility and Environment"

Date: July 5

Corporate social responsibility (even termed as Social Responsibility) can be understood as the action of activities performed by an organization to bring a positive impact on its business. It is the voluntary investment performed by a company upon its people, society, and planet beyond legal compliances which is expected to bring positive impact to its stakeholders. During this course, the profitability of the organization must increase to create a win-win situation. CSR is a very wide-ranging concept and is often divided into four main areas: workplace, marketplace, environment, and community.

Environment-related CSR describes the measures a company can take to mitigate its negative impact on the environment and at the same time safeguarding activities against the environment. It can also refer to goods and services that actively help to improve the environment along with their tasks. For example, the environmental dimension of CSR can be of great importance in relations with communities affected by the operations of an enterprise. An environmental good practice is also about business efficiency - it's about the best use of valuable raw materials, and feeding the benefits of action straight through to the bottom line.

Let’s discuss.

With: Mr. Mochan Bhattarai, Coordinator at Socially Responsible Business Development Network Nepal (SRBDN).


Green Discussion on "National Adaptation Plan: A process for mid and long term adaptation planning"

Date: Jun 14

The least developed countries (LDCs) are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. To deal with the urgent and immediate adaptation needs, the LDCs have prepared and are implementing the National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA). In addition to NAPA, Nepal has prepared a national framework for the Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) to address the needs of the communities vulnerable to climate change. Now, there is a discussion that we need a National Adaptation Plan. At the current stage, we are waiting for the effective implementation of NAPA and LAPA, so do we need yet another plan? If yes, then what would it do?

Let’s discuss With Mr. Sunil Acharya, Program Coordinator Energy and Climate Change, Clean Energy Nepal

Green Discussion on "Green Economy the Expectation, Status and Way forward with respect to Rio +20 "

Date: March 1

UNEP defines a green economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.

Nepal has already set the outline for Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development and published a Position paper on two themes of Rio +20 from the Government of Nepal. In this session, we are going to discuss more "Green Economy the Expectation, Status and Way forward with respect to Rio +20 ".

By: Tek Jung Mahat, has actively advocated for the ‘mountain agenda’ since 2003. Currently, he manages the Asia-Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) (the Asia-Pacific node of Mountain Forum) and advocating youths on Green Economy at ICIMOD

Green Discussion on “Trash Art” Reuse your garbage, Think before you throw

Date: Feb 15

Solid Waste, Often called the third pollution after air and water pollution is that material that arises from various human activities and is normally discarded as useless or unwanted but we are going to use it again. “Trash Art”- Reuse your garbage, Think before you throw. This Friday we will not only talk, will focus more on the action so, be there.

Resource Person: Emily Sams


Green Discussion on: Recent Road Expansion Drive: Status and Benefits

Date: Feb 1

Join us and ask the question, voice, your concern and share your ideas with Expert Er. Badri Sharma on

The Road Expansion Drive: how effective is it?

Will the Drive be beneficial for poor and rich alike or is it just for the upper class??

Green Discussion on: ART ADVOCACY AND ACTION


Date: Jan 4

"Art in all its distinct forms defines, in many ways, those qualities that are at the heart of education reform — creativity, perseverance, a sense of standards, and above all, a striving for excellence."

Richard W. Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education

As a part of our "Green Discussion", organized by Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA), we are organizing a Sharing Program on “ART ADVOCACY AND ACTION ” this Friday 4th January 2013, 2:00 Pm onward in ENPHO, Thapagaun, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu. In this regard, we would like to invite you to attend the program.

In this session, Ms. Yuki Paudyal from Sattya will share the innovative technique of arts to advocate local society in genuine issues.

Come join us to make a creative community