June 5, 2011 was World Environment Day!
Amidst merry making in view of Bhatte’s upcoming marriage, the camp fire in front of Mone’s living quarters also served as venue where an interesting discourse on development and environment took place. The only environmental science graduate among civil engineers, electrical (power) and computer engineers, I had a tough battle advocating for sustainable development, consideration for livelihoods amongst a peer group who wanted roads and infrastructures.
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development – ICIMOD‘s Asia Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) is just out with its winter issue. This special issue on ‘Youth and Climate Change’ has been compiled to underscore the International Year of Youth (IYY) 2010-2011; COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico; and the increasing interest of young people in taking part in activities related to climate change issues. It contains the views of young people, information about various opportunities, an APMN youth activity review, and other features. This issue was formally launched by Mr. Daan Boom, APMN Coordinator and Integrated Knowledge Management Programme Manager, ICIMOD, coinciding with COP 16 meeting later today. Annexed below is my review of ‘Climate Change – Youth Guide to Action’ published in the very same.