Nepal holds "Stop Melting Life, Save the Himalayas" conference 2009-11-29 12:01:02   Print

    KATHMANDU, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- A press conference has been held in the capital of Kathmandu to voice the concern on the impact of climate change in Nepal, local media reported on Sunday.

    The conference, entitled "Stop Melting Life, Save The Himalayas", was organized through the joint co-ordination of Climate Change Network Nepal, Nepalese Youths for Climate Action, Clean Energy Nepal, Oxfam GB Nepal and Kathmandu Metropolitan City on Saturday.

    According to Sunday's The Rising Nepal, climate change is a big threat to the lives and livelihoods of the poor people of Nepal. Rainfall patterns are changing, temperatures are rising and glaciers are melting fast. Rapid retreat of Himalayan glaciers will affect lives and livelihoods of over a billion of people living in the basin of the rivers fed by glaciers.

    Pankaj KC, campaign coordinator of Climate Change Network Nepal, said that leaders and representatives of the country must demand climate justice for Nepal at the United Nations summit at Copenhagen.

    KC requested them to raise the voice and demand strong action to preserve safe climate for the people of Nepal and our future generations.

    He further said that rich countries must agree to reduce their green house gas emissions by at least 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.

    They must also provide at least 170 billion U.S. dollars each year as recommended by World Bank to help poor countries adapt to climate change, reduce their own emissions and develop sustainability.

Editor: Xiong Tong
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