मौसम के इस अंक में देश-दुनिया की बातें, आपकी और हमारी गतिविधियों के अलावा खेती-किसानी, बावड़ी-तालाब, जंगल और लोगों के अधिकारों से संबंधित महत्त्वपूर्ण जानकारी है। आने वाले महीनों में राजस्थान, मध्य प्रदेश और छत्तीसगढ़ में चुनाव भी हैं और मौसम की पहल के तहत इन राज्यों में जन-आकांक्षाओं पर भी बातचीत और राजनैतिक दलों के साथ इन पर चर्चा भी की जा रही है।
This issue of Mausam focuses on India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submitted to the UN Climate Convention in early October. We think it was not nationally determined, however. Nor does it contribute in any way towards solving the climate crisis: if anything, it can only help worsen the crisis.
People all over the world concerned about ecological crises have been emboldened by a remarkable statement from an unusual quarter: the recent statement by Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, which draws our attention to the systemic roots and causes underlying a range of contemporary ecological crises.
In May 2014, the government in India changed. The NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government led by the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), while taking its seat in Delhi, took a swipe at the issue of climate change by extending the name and apparent responsibility of the Ministry concerned with environment and forests (MoEF) to Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC).
In the floods in Uttarakhand and other parts of the Northern Himalayas in June 2013, we have just witnessed one of the worst climatic disasters (hugely magnified by human mal-design) in Indian history and seethed in frustration at the total unpreparedness and...
In Uttarakhand and the Cyclone Phailin, we have witnessed this year the unusual occurrence of two severe rainfall events: The first meant the tragic and also criminal loss of thousands of lives, and both badly affected untold number of livelihoods.
Isn’t it time that people’s movements, citizens and civil-society initiatives in India include climate in their agenda? Isn’t it time that we demystify the subject and ensure that any ‘green’ and ‘scientific’ exclusivity no longer shrouds the climate crisis—and related ‘issues’ like global warming, biofuel, and carbon trade?