As A Presenter in INFO MEET : BEST FROM WASTE, 21 November 2012
“INFO MEET 2012”, a one day meeting of teachers from different schools of Kathmandu Valley kicked off on 21 November 2012 at Seabird International College, Bhaktapur. This event was organized by The Small Earth Nepal (SEN), in collaboration with Vinayak Sikshya Sadan, Solid Waste Management and Technical Support Centre, Ministry of Local Development and WWF Nepal as an orientation class for the preparation of the main event Best from Waste “Children Move for Climate Action” remarking the Global Day of Action 2012. As a global mass movement for climate action and pressurizing the world leaders, this day is being celebrated as an International Demonstrations on Climate Change worldwide at the time of the annual United Nations Talks on Climate Change – UNFCCC COP18 simultaneously.
Mr. Surendra B. Prajapati, Principal of Vinayak Sikshya Sadan gave a warm welcome speech and said that this program is the platform for the teachers to guide and enhance their students’ creativity and to encourage the community for the implementation of 3R principle. He requested all the teachers in the Info-Meet to support and to actively participate in the main event for its grand success.
There was an introduction session during which all the participants provided the information regarding their works towards environmental actions. They also shared about the activities carried out in their schools and the activities of the Eco-clubs. Some of the activities that have been carried out by those schools are:
- Vermiform Composting
- Awareness Rallies for Environment Conservation
- Gardening from the compost made by the Eco-clubs
- Plastic Free Zone and Wrapper Free Tiffins
- Cleanliness Campaigns
- Weekly Sanitation Program
- Slogan Competition
- Wall Magazine Competition
- Eco-Friendly Week Celebration
- Wet and Dry Composting
Most of these activities are indoor but there is still lack of outdoor activities. Some of the schools have also participated in the events organized by SEN like “BEST FROM WASTE 2011” which was such an inspiring step for the students as well as community for reducing the waste generation from household activities.
Ms. Kabita Gautam, Program Assistant, SEN highlighted on the Global Day of Action and UNFCCC-COP. She shared some of the photos of Global Day of Action from the past years from different countries and described briefly about the Conference of Parties (COP). “We cannot do the big things but a small initiation can bring a biggest change. We have invited Climate Change, now we are the one to fight with it. And it’s high time to act now.” said Ms. Gautam. She encouraged the participants for 3R principle (Reuse-Recycle-Reduce) and showed many examples how to implement it in our daily lives. She also shared her experiences during her teaching time in schools. Click Here for the presentation>>>
Similarly, Mr. Niranjan Bista, Program Officer, SEN reflected on the activities carried out during Global Day of Action 2011 and shared some photos from the past event to motivate the teachers so that it will be easier for them to guide their students. Mr. Arun Prasad Bhattarai, Program Coordinator, SEN explained about Solid Waste and Climate Change and described about the different systems on the earth, the Green House effect, impacts and consequences of climate change, types of waste, composition of solid waste, management and practice of solid waste management.
There was a documentary show “Eka Deshma (Once Upon A Time)” which reflected the history of the Bishnumati River which has been severely affected by the human activities and polluted haphazardly. The documentary appeals for the call of action which the people have been ignoring time to time. The documentary was made by Mr. Sujan Chitrakar, an artist who is also a lecturer in Kathmandu University (KU).
Mr. Shrijan Ram Shrestha from Solid Waste Management Technical Support Center on the practices of solid waste management in Nepal. He shared some data on the pollution in Kathmandu Valley which reflected that there is high generation of papers as solid waste in the country. He also informed the participants about the laws and acts made for the solid waste management in Nepal.
There was a short discussion session which was moderated by Mr. Sudarshan Rajbhandari in which teachers shared their ideas on how to make the program more effective. A short video regarding the event of GDA 2011 was shown which motivated the teachers towards their active participation in the main event. The video was taken by The Kantipur Television as a news coverage.
Mr. Tulsi Hari Prajapati from Binayak Sikshya Niketan closed the session with the sincere gratitude and wished for the success of the main event generating innovative ideas from the students.