Interventions: CLIMATE CRISIS

State Consultation on Climate Action Plan of Uttarakhand

6-7 November 2011, Garhwal)
The Consultation was organized in joint collaboration with HM Bahuguna University, Garhwal and GB Pant Agriculture University, Pant Nagar. More than 100 participants deliberated over the draft Action Plan for two days. Later, a memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister based on the recommendation of the Consultation. The state government has assured to open up the draft for discussion and revision, and address civil society concerns.
 

National Roundtable: Climate Change and State Responses; Review of Key Policies and Action

2-3 November 2011
The Beyond Copenhagen Coalition, a collective of 40 odd organizations concerned about the impacts of climate change on communities in India, has been engaging with the climate change crisis for the last three years – both with different climate change impacted communities in diverse geo-cultural regions of India, and also with the policy makers & implementers in India and in many international fora. Over the past three years, BCPH has organized several public hearings to get the truth about real impacts on dry-land farmers, Himalayan communities etc. BCPH also repeatedly raised & projected the many climate related issues the small-holder farmers are facing, the need to support them to adapt to the increasingly severe impacts of an increasingly unpredictable climate, and the critical necessity of going positively ahead with an international Climate Justice Tribunal – in the last two Conference Of Parties (COP) in Copenhagen & Cancun and in many other national & international climate conferences / meetings. We have also attempted to build up linkages with a large no of groups in India & in South Asia, who are working in various related sectors. Another area of focus for BCPH has been the constant engagement with the State & political entities. As part of these efforts, BCPH organized several interactions with leaders of political parties and diplomatic staff from several embassies. The other major engagement is with the process of formulating the crucial State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) in several states, and the efforts to open up and democratize the process & contents of these SAPCCs.

National Workshop 'Climate Change in Media'

31st October – 1st November 2011
The workshop engaged 30 media persons on discussion on critical aspects of sustainable development and climate crisis with the objective of bringing relevant perspective in environmental and climate change reporting. The two day workshop involved reputed media persons and experts in the discussion with young media professionals. The experts addressed many important aspects of climate change global and national context, impacts and responses (Ajay Jha, PAIRVI), energy (Soumya Dutta, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jathha), water (Himanshu Thakkar, SANDRP), Agriculture (Sudhirendar Sharma, Ecological Foundation), Organic agriculture (Atul Sharma), Env. and climate change policies (Gopal Krishna) media and climate change (Sandeep Joshi, CSE) etc.

Consultation on State Action Plan of Madhya Pradesh

7th September 2011
A state Consultation was organized along with Department of Science and Technology to discuss State Action Plan. The presence of the Chief Minister, Minister of forests, water, and industries signified keen interest of the state government in climate change response. The State government has taken the recommendations in the positive stead and has assured to review the draft in the light of the recommendations made.
 

Bihar State Consultation on Climate Action Plan

25-26 August 2011
The discussion was about how to situate the State Action Plan which has been in the process for 3 years and recommend changes for a detailed plan including comments for the 8 mission specific plans. The draft needs to be submitted before November.

Uttarakhand Climate Camp

1-2 August 2011

A 2 day workshop on Climate Change was organized in SIDH Campus, Mussorie district, Uttarakhand; by the Beyond Copenhagen Collective (BCPH). The intent of this workshop was to 2 fold- engagement and interaction of the participants on the critical aspects of climate change and to encourage the partakers in taking propriety and ownership in the process of creating awareness on key climate change issues within their respective localized environment/context. Discussion were centered on the following points - India’s position and current state of play of international climate negotiations, agriculture and food security and preparedness viz a viz impacts of climate change. Developments in other pertinent sectors – such as energy, water, livelihood and the women’s stake in climate justice were also key points of discussion during the camp.

Consultative Workshop on Manipur State Action Plan on Climate Change

24-25 July 2011

A two day Manipur State level consultative workshop on Manipur State Action Plan on Climate Change was organized from 24-25 July 2011 at Hotel Nirmala, Imphal, jointly organized by the Centre for Social Development and the North East Dialogue Forum.

National Peoples Tribunal on Climate Crisis

16th November 2010
More than 500 people, NGOs and farmers, pastoralists, women, fisher folk from all over India demanded compensation from the developed countries for climate crisis. Deposing before a highly esteemed Jury Including Justice Dave (Retd. Justice Jaipur High Court), Justice A K Srivasatava (Retd. Justice Delhi High Court), Ms. Syeda Hamid (Member, Planning Commission), Prof. A A Nambi (MSSRF), Mr. Hari Jai Singh (Former President Editor’s Guild of India, Prof. Jaya Mehta (Economist), victims provided verbal and written testimonies on how climate change have devastated their lives. The Tribunal in its verdict attested the severe impact of climate change on peoples lives and that developed countries are liable to pay compensation under the existing legal framework in Kyoto Protocol and UNFCCC and many other Human Rights obligations. The Tribunal was a collective effort of a number of organizations in collaboration with Oxfam India.
 

People's World Conference on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth, Bolivia

23-27 April 2010

Beyond Copenhagen collective participated in Conference on Climate Change and Rights of the Mother Earth organized at Cochabamba, Bolivia during 23rd to 27th April 2010. The Conference was called by Bolivian president Mr. Evo Morales, as a response to failed climate congress at Copenhagen in December 2009. Evo had said that developed countries will not be able to solve climate crisis and hoped that people from developing and less developed countries who are the worst victims of climate change should have a say in the negotiations. The climate congress came out with a peoples declaration demanding asking to limit the rise in temperature to 1.5DC, International Climate tribunal, severe cuts in GHG emission of developing countries, and financial and technological assistance to developing countries in their mitigation and adaptation efforts. More than 35000 people and official delegations from 70 countries participated in the climate congress as reported by the CMPCC (organizing committee) Bolivia.

National Consultation on Climate Change with Policy Makers and Public Actors

23rd November 2009

In the backdrop of the International negotiations on Climate Change at Copenhagen (Denmark) which is scheduled from 7th December to 18th December 2009, a civil society collective of around 40 organization from all over India, many members of Parliament and many representatives from international key actors represented by their Embassies and High Commissions called the upon the developed countries to respect the mandate of Kyoto Protocol and conclude a deal which keeps climate and economic justice, energy and other demands of developing countries in consideration. A National Consultation with Policy Makers and Public Actors titled Towards Consensus on India’s Position on International Negotiations at India International Centre, Delhi, on 23rd November 2009 discussed the implications of climate change on many economic and social aspects of climate change and nuances of international negotiations. Shri Chandrashekhar Sahu, Minister for Agriculture, Labour and Animal Husbandry in Chhattisgarh Government was the chief guest of the Consultation and he said that the agriculture was a subject of huge concern in the climate change debate and it should be given due importance in the negotiations.

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Climate Crisis

Climate crisis has the potential to unexpectedly impact lives and development, and southern countries and communities dependent on natural resources are more vulnerable. Its interventions aim to bring urgency and adequacy in the mitigation and adaptation response of the governments and global community. It also works with vulnerable communities in strengthening their adaptive capacity. PAIRVI has engaged extensively with national and sub national policies on climate change as well as with international institutions like United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Conference of Parties (COP).