Attapadi under threat from climate change

Three tribal groups, the Mudugar, Kurumbar and Irular who lived in the forests of Attapadi Palghat have been displaced from their natural habitat and relocated to dry waste lands and coaxed to adjust to main stream life styles. The Tribals fear that the soil, they nurtured for generations is now disintegrating under their feet. Krishnavanam, a lush green forest of 130 acres, is a beacon of hope in their midst. Writes Naseera.

Mangrove (tidal) forests and thermal power stations

Mangrove forests known as “khandal“ in ancient Sangam Tamil Literature were the vanguards on the sea coast. They withstood cyclones, strong winds and held the estuaries firmly in its place. It is the breeding ground for many of the fish species. Its enriched humus is the cradle for the propagation of plankton positioning it as the first rung in the variegated food chain. Nakeeran in this well researched article affirms that effluents from thermal and desalination plants are destroying the mangrove forests and in a matter of time the fish from the seas would be a memory of the past.

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.