I’am a Powershifter I (2014-2015)
The focus of the campaign was to activate youths in various creative ways in order awake, aware and act against climate change. On 28-30th March 2014, 100) of youth from diverse background were brought together for three months training. These youths were divided into five themes Drama-Documentary-Documentation, Research, Eco-friendly Business, Eco-friendly-behavior and Alternative Energy according to their interest. These youths in a chart of 10 each in each theme were mentored by thematic experts for 3 months. Each team started from team building to developing action plan implementation of action plan and reaching to community. Youth coming from different districts, different background and different institutions were in team acting together for a single cause, a common theme; a theme that is instrumental in fighting against climate change. Communicating with each, respecting ideas of each other, each theme came up with their action plan, which was further polished by the respective mentors of the theme. This was further enhanced by experts through knowledge and experience sharing along with guidance.
During action they inspired larger community through direct actions and the use of new media and public sharing. A total of 30 locals actions were carried out during their action phase. Here, 100 youth not just gained technical knowledge of climate change and the ways of activism against climate change but also explored their capabilities and harvested their potentiality that they could flourish with the network they have made during the campaign. 60% of the power shifters were female and out of 20 emerging leader 14 are female. On June 5th, world Environment day, the outcomes from all these themes were showcased in Patan durbar square along with appreciation certificate and batch that says “I Am a Power shifter”.
These five thematic actions, plans and activities includes behavioral change from the school level, initiatives to manage solid waste, research on existing climate change policy and loopholes in its execution, finding and filling gaps for promoting alternative energy, incorporating environment and business for sustainable economy, exploration of success stories of eco-friendly business and documentation of the success stories of climate movements, problems caused by climate change and sharing the issues along with its solutions.
The first phase of the campaign was able to successfully help in increasing community involvement and awareness, reaching physically to 2000 students/community people during the program, 5000 during the exhibition within Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan. We were able to circulate in online news media, and publish few of the articles and reach about 50,000 people from our activities online.
The second phase of the campaign will follow same philosophy as first but will be more focused on specific community level activities and target to reach more people in and outside Kathmandu valley. In second phase along with action, activism, leaderships will be more focused on implementation and impact based activity that helps in building climate smart community with waste utilization, waste water treatment, underground water recharge system, rainwater harvesting system and renewable technology installation.
Concept is a part of Power shift Nepal “I am a Power shifter” campaign. Power Shift Nepal aims to establish and set example of “Climate smart communities”. The program aims to achieve community based model for sustainable use of water resources, land use, and reduce GHG, ecofriendly behaviors and business.
The foundation of reaching the goals is by improving understanding, increasing knowledge, sharing experiences, educating youths in community. This program in long term with trainings and capacity building activity will help local communities to be aware and equipped with knowledge to plan and formulate plans to meet their basic needs and will help to conserve environment with sustainable natural resource use, which in long term will help in climate change mitigation and adaptation.The aim of this project is to develop a training programme that builds local capacity to effectively develop and manage community-based ecotourism activity.
The first year of project focuses on Solid waste management in specific community. From second year it will focus in water resource management and renewable energy in the community.
“Growing up youth: instructions for re-use“
First year: 2016 –2018
Capacity building in the field of youth
Half interns will be female and half will be male
The profile of the young project participants will include basic English-Nepali speaking skills, communicative and creative skills, sense of initiative and enthusiasm, adaptability to the contest. The candidates are expected to share a firm interest in the themes of environmental sustainability, ecology.
Community participants includes youth of school and college, women’s and groups, willing to be part of training and capacity building. Capacity building in the field of youth. School and college activity aims to aware youths about environmental issues and their solutions as them being drivers of future.
The main topic is composting and the recycling of waste products, the reutilization and / or conversion of abandoned objects for useful purposes. The focus of the reflection was the comparison among the different sense of practices of recycling / reutilization. The project intends to give birth to a process of changing of attitudes and habits, that can have its effects at multiple levels (on one side, on individuals and informal groups, on the other side, on more structured organizations, decision-makers and the social and political systems). This project aims at involving community people and youngs in various activities related to the theme of recycling / reuse of objects and to related topics, such as environmental sustainability, innovation, creativity, opportunity for micro-entrepreneurship, and activities of voluntary service abroad for interns. General objectives of the project are: to promote among the involved young people a greater awareness about the great dimension of the theme of environment to reinforce their sense of responsibility. The involved young people will be guided in the reflection about a world that “consumes” with an incredible fast rythm and that needs more “control”.
Water Resource Management in communities
Waste water treatment
Ground water recharge systems
To provide a transformational experience and network of youth from a diverse range of background from different places to act towards a climate friendly and sustainable world.
To set examples of Climate friendly Communities and community based eco-tourism
iii) Change workshop
Power Shift Nepal is now launching a new program “Change workshop, Think future, act with future”. The workshop intends to work on 3A (Aware, Awake and Act) principle. The workshop will be held for three days at a schools and colleges. During these five days, orientation on climate change will be given by Power Shift Nepal team, then, a competition will be held both intra-school and inter-school to see how much the students have understood it and finally monitoring will be done to see behavioral changes amongst those students. In each six months the workshop will be conducted at 30 schools/colleges and at the end a small exhibition of students’ work will be done. This workshop is a long term program aimed to produce climate conscious youths inside valley. The long term target of the program is to reach 180 schools and colleges in three years’ time.
To aware students and teachers of schools and colleges regarding climate change and engaging them in environmental activities.
To bring behavioral change in the students and teachers
To implement solid waste management and water resource management at school
To include Environment Management as extracurricular course