Each generation can be prepared for a better life within a diverse and changing world accepting the sustainable development approach.
To contribute towards saving the planet and sustainable utility of natural resources by educating all generations.
To make people aware of environmental issues, mobilizing all generations to bring positive changes to their communities.
You can do things to improve the environment.
Generation for Environmental Management (GEM Nepal) was established in September 2008 as a non-profit making, non-governmental social organization run by enthusiastic young professionals from a diverse range of fields, but with a common interest.
Not only Nepal, but many countries of the world have been facing a wide range of development challenges in almost every sector. Human, economic, social, and environmental capital is, in many cases, being diminished, instead of being sustained or improved. Environmental problems are closely linked with unequal economic, social, and power relations, with poor environmental leadership and management, and with a public that feels disconnected from, and disempowered in dealing with, environmental issues. In Nepal, loss of biodiversity, pollution, and questionable waste management practices harm or destroy natural habitats, make human environments less habitable, damage public health, and increase the psychological distance that we, as people, feel with our natural environment.
In a country with such diverse social, political, and economic problems, we recognize that getting people to focus on environmental issues is not an easy task. So we must work urgently and effectively to address these issues. In this pursuit, we must work hand-in-hand with groups seeking to empower the excluded through easy access to education and health, poverty reduction schemes, and efforts to promote sustainable development. Though there has been a lack of skilled, informed, visionary environmental leadership and an inadequate mobilization of human, physical, and financial resources in dealing with these problems, we are confident that Nepalís environmental problems can be dealt with by transforming the attitudes, beliefs, and practices of the Nepalese people. Such transformation is also necessary for regular citizens. We seek to educate people, both the empowered and disempowered, on how to change those aspects of our society that result in depletion of resources, loss of biodiversity, and other forms of environmental degradation. We must also do our part to address global environmental problems, such as climate change, to which many of us contribute. No one should shirk their responsibility; we must all act today. To encourage greater responsibility in the environmental practices of the Nepalese people, Generation for Environmental Management (GEM Nepal) has been established.
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What do we believe?
It is well-known fact that the environment is very much a live issue that is intimately woven into the fabric of human existence. Therefore all generations have equal responsibility to respect the integrity of the environment. All generations must realise that tomorrow may be too late to act: today is the best time to take fruit-bearing strategies for solving the multitude of environmental problems. So, all generations have to be aware in this sensitive issues; none of us should be a part of pollution, but part of the solution.
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It is a human right to live in the clean environment. These days human beings are being selfish Ė knowingly and unknowingly, they have been creating environmental problems. Those unknowing problem creators are more dangerous than knowing problem creators. The number of unknowing problem creators are a thousand times greater than the number of knowing problem creators. That is why GEM Nepalís goal is to make everyone aware of environmental issues is its main goal. Its key objectives are:
To educate the Nepalese people, at a local level, about commonly accepted international and local best practices in environmental management.
To provide guidance on the management of natural resources, heritage, and the conservation of biodiversity.
To discover the root causes of environmental degradation in communities, to support local people in addressing these issues, and to assist them in developing sustainably.
To support local people in improving their living standards, promoting development in the social, economic, cultural, and health spheres through skill development and by mobilizing indigenous resources.
To promote renewable and alternative energy, making it available for local people.
To help facilitate gender equality and other forms of equality, and social inclusion and empowerment of marginalized groups.
To further the above mentioned objectives by coordinating and collaborating with national and international governments and non-governmental organizations.
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Founding Members of GEM Nepal
|Binod Basnet, Social worker/Teacher
|Sami Kunwar, Meteorologist
|Prem Raj Subba, Manager
|Balram Bhattarai, Environmentalist
M.Sc. (Environmental Management)
|Reema Dahal, Social Worker
M.A. (Rural Development)
|Suraj Kunwar, Civil Engineer
Indra Kala Subba, Social Worker
Naresh Rai, Artist
Puspa K.C., Social Worker
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