In less than a month COP26 will have begun. Because of the shocking and destructive fires, floods, droughts and other climate disasters worldwide in the past year, it’s a good guess that more people than ever will focus on the global climate meeting in the UK. How much will the leaders of the richest and most polluting countries promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, and how much money will they pledge to poorer countries to adapt to the new, dangerous climate realities? Those are the questions that everyone will want answered.
Meanwhile, every day, people on the ground have no choice but to adapt in order to survive in a new world of intense rainfall, heat and cold. In Nepal, women are especially affected: they must walk further to fetch the day’s water, tend to family members who become ill from previously unknown diseases borne by mosquitoes flying ever higher in the hills and, as they increasingly lead household farms, women must find alternatives when water becomes too scarce to grow traditional crops.
Thanks to one initiative, women are also taking the lead to approach local governments for money to fund projects to adapt to climate change. Today we’ll hear about three efforts in Bardiya and Ilam districts, spearheaded by women trained to identify community needs and develop plans and budgets necessary to respond to them.
Speaking of money, our guest today, Anuja Shrestha from TEWA, will mention lakhs of Nepali rupees. If you don’t know this term, one lakh equals 100,000 rupees.
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