• Patan dhoka, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • GO GREEN Mela: A 5-day showcase of green technologies and practices

    19 - 23 Feb 2014

    Five Days

    4:00 pm

    Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

    Event Info

    Climate+Change is hosting GO GREEN Mela- a vibrant five-day showcase of green technologies and practices from 19 – 23 Feb 2014. In addition to a variety of vendor stalls, GO GREEN Mela features many exciting events and activities.

    photo.circle is dedicating this month to issues of sustainable living at Climate+Change- their on-going exhibition at Nepal Art Council. If you have not had the chance to visit yet, this week is a good time to do so!

    [OPENING]

    GO GREEN Mela: A 5-day showcase of green technologies and practices
    Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | 4:00 pm

    Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

    Please join us for the opening of GO GREEN Mela.

    Speakers:
    Mr. Eklabya Sharma,  Director Programme Operations, ICIMOD
    Mr. Bhushan Tuladhar, Regional Technical Advisor, South Asia at UN Habitat
    MS. Susan Parker Burns, Head- Public Relations, US Embassy

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    [FILM SCREENING]

    “11th Hour” by Leonardo De Caprio
    Wednesday, 19 February 2014 | 5:30 pm

    Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

    The 11th Hour is a 2007 documentary film, created, produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, on the state of the natural environment. With contributions from over 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, and journalist Armand Betscher, Paul Hawken, the film documents the grave problems facing the planet’s life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans’ habitats are all addressed. The film’s premise is that the future of humanity is in jeopardy.

    The film proposes potential solutions to these problems by calling for restorative action by the reshaping and rethinking of global human activity through technology, social responsibility and conservation.

    Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IBG2V98IBY

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    [POLICY DISCUSSION]

    Realizing a Green Kathmandu- Sustainable Urban Issues
    Thursday, 20 February  | 4 pm – 6 pm

    Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

    Panelists:
    Gagan Thapa – Constituent Assembly Member
    Laxman Aryal – Chief and Executive Officer, Kathmandu Metropolitan City Office
    Bhushan Tuladhar – Regional Technical Advisor, South Asia at UN-HABITAT
    Moderator: Kunda Dixit, Editor, The Nepali Times

    The discussion will revolve around what we mean by the catchphrase “Green Kathmandu”. Will merely planting trees alongside the roads or building traffic islands alone make the city green? What policies and programmes must be put in place to realize the vision of a Green Kathmandu? What minimum roles must the various stakeholders, including the city government and Kathmandu residents, play to contribute to the realisation of this vision?

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    [DISCUSSION]

    Plastic Free Himalaya
    Friday, February 21 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

    Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

    Panelists:
    Ram Thapaliya, PhD, President, Institute of Crisis Management Studies (ICMS) Master’s Degree Program (CMS-Humanities and Social Sciences, TU)

    Sumitra Amataya, PhD, Executive Director of the Solid Waste Management Technical Support Centre, Ministry of Urban Development

    Jerome Edou, Senior Advisor, Plastic Free Himalaya

    Ramesh Dhamala, President, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) – to be confirmed

    The purpose of the  discussion is to convey the adverse impacts of plastic bags and bottles on the Himalayan environment and the people that live there in order to initiate government and municipalities at a regional and national level to ban all use of plastic bags and bottles in Nepal’s national parks and trekking areas. The objective is to advocate on what steps can be put in place so this ban can be achieved.

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    [EXHIBITION]

    Sustainable Mountain Architecture
    Friday, 21 February | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

    Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

    While a lot of focus of architecture is on plain areas, the destructive impact of building irresponsibly in the mountains is often forgotten.

    Anne Feenstra, laureate of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2012 (Paris), demonstrates in this exhibition the methodology of sustainable and innovative building, using locally sourced and waste materials, in the Hindu kush and Himalayas mountain ranges.

    The exhibition uniquely also includes ”20 best practice examples from Nepal” that can inspire you and offer you practical tips.

    The two-week event will include lectures, workshops and platform discussions.

    http://sustainablemountainarchitecture.tumblr.com/

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    [FILM SCREENING]

    “Solar Mamas!”
    Friday, 21 February | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

    An inspiring film about one woman’s attempt to light up her world.

    Rafea is an uneducated Bedouin mother from the Jordanian desert. She gets the chance to go to the Barefoot College, where middle-aged women from poor communities train to become solar engineers, and bring power to their communities.

    Watch the trailer here: http://www.whypoverty.net/en/video/trailer-solar-mamas

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    [GO GREEN TREASURE HUNT]

    Go Green Treasure Hunt
    Saturday, February 22 | 8:00 AM

    Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

    The GO GREEN Treasure Hunt is an exciting challenge for teams to do eco-savvy deeds in/around Kathmandu on cycles or REVA electric cars. Teams entering the cycle category need 4 members on individual bicycles and teams entering the REVA category need 2 members in one REVA electric car. The event is a great team-building exercise and a hands-on way to learn about ways to GO GREEN. Teams have to put their science, sports, communications, adventure, and creative skill-sets to use to find hidden locations and solve a series of challenges. To win, teams must complete all challenges.

    To register your team, please fill in a registration form here: http://goo.gl/bB3XQj

    Team registration Rs. 4000 per team. Registration fees should be paid in cash by Thursday, 20 Feb 2014. Your team will be contacted for collection.

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    [KIDS WORKSHOP]

    “Get Your Hands Dirty” with artist Sujan Dangol
    Saturday, February 22 | 12 pm – 2 pm

    Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal
    Is it waste or is it building material? Sujan Dangol is a contemporary artist who finds inspiration in waste materials.  With him, we explore possibilities of constructing structures that may be useful in our everyday lives with waste materials?We welcome children between the ages of 7 to 15 years to join us for this workshop.

    For details contact 9849519933, or email: nischal@photocircle.com.np

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    [LIVE MUSIC]

    Sounds of Seasons
    Saturday, 22 February | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

    Popular Nepali folk ensemble Kutumba will be featuring a range of local artists from Janakpur, Helambu and the Kathmandu valley to present Sounds of Seasons, an amalgamation of songs and stories embedded in Nepali folk music that carry great wisdom about our changing seasons.www.kutumba.com.np

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    [PECHAKUCHA NIGHT]

    PechaKucha Night Kathmandu Vol 11- Go Geen
    Sunday, 23 February | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Nepal Art Council, Babar Mahal

    A special edition of PechaKucha Kathmandu featuring green practitioners, artists and innovators who make us think about sustainable living through their work. A cash bar and refreshment stall will be open from 5pm – 8pm. www.pechakucha.org

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