KATHMANDU, JANUARY 28
Climate change has reduced the productivity of homeworkers, contract workers and pieceworkers, a recent study shows.
The conclusion of the “Impact of Climate Change on Urban Homeworkers” study was shared yesterday through a remote program in Kathmandu.
Home-based workers living in the slums of Bhaktapur and Lalitpur were included as respondents in the study.
Speaking at the webinar organized by Saathi, an NGO involved in the study, Sajani Amatya, the president of the organization, called for collective action against urban climate change to ensure a climate resilient city. Bandana Rana, member of the UN CEDAW Committee, highlighted the need for the participation of women and vulnerable groups in decision-making related to climate action and also said that such participation was essential to better respond to the impacts. of climate change.
She also shared her experience of working on draft general recommendation No. 37 on the gender dimensions of disaster risk reduction in the context of climate change presented by the treaty body.
Environment and conservation specialist Siddhartha Pradhan said the study was timely and relevant.
“In general, research on the impact of climate change focuses on rural areas, this research also presents evidence of climate change in the urban context,” Pradhan said.
Yasoda Timsina, journalist and former commissioner at the National Information Commission, highlighted the need to improve vulnerable groups’ access to information related to climate change. She also highlighted the need to organize media training to effectively communicate a complex idea of climate science to people in the vernacular.
Godawari-3 Municipality District Chairman Bal Mukunda Ghimire said elected local government officials lacked sufficient knowledge on climate change which resulted in inaction and apathy towards the question. “This lack of climate change knowledge and sensitivity among local government officials has prevented them from carrying out their duties and responsibilities in addressing the impacts of climate change. They need to be trained and sensitized,” Ghimire added .
Sarbani Kattel of HomeNet South Asia Trust said home-based workers, who lacked unity and were not recognized as workers, had been left out of the social safety net despite their huge contribution to the economy.
A version of this article appears in the January 29, 2022 printing of The Himalayan Times.