Collective’s exhibition booth showcased the literature and other publications of the Collective. It also helped in engaging the visitors to the booth on informal exchange of ideas on many issues related to climate change and COP 15 negotiations. Members of our Collective made their best efforts to persuade each and every visitor towards bringing agriculture into focus in the Climate Change Negotiations.
The Collective engaged the Indian media at Copenhagen and provided them valuable inputs on agriculture and climate change, climate change impacts in India, and civil society and farmers perspective on negotiations and expectations from COP 15. Bytes from the Collective were covered by a number of media agencies including Star News. The participation of Mr. Om Thanvi, noted media person, also helped to interact with various print and electronic media representatives from India. While the news on negotiations was covered widely in India print media, Mr. Thanvi’s editorials also raised many important issues regarding the social, economic and political aspects of climate change and COP 15.
COP 15: Unfortunately the atmosphere at the official centre (Bella centre) of the negotiation was dominated by business interests and agriculture was prominent by its absence. The Collective organized a workshop discussing why agriculture is important within the climate change discourse and why it should be debated at length in climate change negotiations. The speakers from different countries emphasized the importance of agriculture in ensuring food security in their country and region and how climate change has impacted agriculture.
Members of the Collective including Mr. Chandrashekhar Sahu, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Chhattisgarh Government and Mr. Anil Mahadev Dave, Member of Parliament met the official delegation of India and underlined the civil society and Collective concerns with regard to international negotiations. The official delegation assured us that they are aware of the sentiments and concerns of the farmers and civil society and will make all efforts to alley their apprehensions. The official delegation categorically said that India will strengthen the G 77 and will stick to its stand of heavy cuts in the emissions in developed countries and financial and technological support for the developing countries.