Climate justice for Dalit women in a caste rooted society

Dalits more so the women, are considered lowest in the social hierarchy. They are relegated to working as landless labourers, sanitation workers and in jobs that are dangerous. G. Shantha a committed social activist with a great deal of verve has documented their traumatic circumstances. Their discrimination extends to not having easy access to safe drinking water and for having to travel long distances for fetching enough for their domestic consumption. They are exploited by the higher caste and the current brittle status of the Dalit women would worsen with the accelerating impact of climate change. 

Millets for a changing climate

The bustling town of Tumkur in Southern Karnataka is a rain shadowed area and millets form the staple diet of the people living in this vicinity. The crop survives under arid conditions. In the coming years, cultivation of millets is going to be wide spread, mainly because of its rich nutrition content and ability to withstand the vicissitudes of nature. Malikarjuna Hosapalya emphasizes that the reversion to traditional method of cultivation has been proven to be economically more viable than cash crops like areca nut and ground nut farming.

Climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in agriculture

The Agricultural hinterland of Tumkur and Chitradurga in Karnataka is the focus of study by M. N. Kulkarni. The decrease in the rainfall has drastically affected the cultivation of crops in this area. He emphasizes that integrated farming systems have the potential to mitigate the effects of accelerating climate change. Planting of fruit trees and forestry plants along with seasonal crops, and in common lands, school premises, temple premises can increase the green cover and enrich the soil while sequestering carbon. Pic Above: An example of a complete integrated farming system

In search of a meaningful and satisfying pursuit

It was a rainy day. I was giving a wash to the bull and cows my friend had in his farm, in the river that flowed next to it. Suddenly the bull started running. Instead of letting go the leash that was in my hand, I ran after it, hoping to stop the bull in its track. In a flash of seconds I was flat on the river bank with a broken leg and I saw the bull looking at me from a distance with a nonchalant expression! This was my introduction to rearing cattle and learning to farm – Narrates Joe John.